The Playstation 4 is quickly becoming the second home for quality indie titles. Games like Octodad: Dadliest Catch, Don’t Starve and Stick it to the Man have moved from their initial PC home onto Sony’s black and blue powerhouse and that’s only naming a few.
Sony have today announced a massive cache of Indie titles coming to the PS4 this year. These include well loved titles like Spelunky, Nidhogg, Jamestown and Skulls of the Shogun. It makes sense for Sony to announce this ahead of E3. It then means they can focus on AAA at E3, while still supporting the Indies with this announcement.
Find the available trailers below:
AXIOM VERGE [PS4/Vita]
Axiom Verge is an interesting looking, 2D platformer in the style of Metroid. The game has a distinctive retro 16 bit visual style, resembling the PC-Engine games of old.
ESCAPE GOAT 2 [PS4]
Escape Goat 2 might not be the Goat Simulator you were looking for but it does look like a deviously fun little puzzle game with a quirky style and more than enough going on to differentiate it from other puzzle platformers out there.
IRONCLAD TACTICS [PS4]
This is one I’m quite looking forward to. Ironclad Tactics is a strategy, card based RPG with some stunning 2D visuals. It’s got a distinct dieselpunk style and takes place during an alternate history version of the Civil War.
SKULLS OF THE SHOGUN: BONE-A-FIDE EDITION [PS4]
Skulls of the Shogun is an incredibly beautiful turn based strategy RPG that has previously been released on Xbox 360 and PC. I’ve played through extended sessions of this title and love it a lot, so I’m delighted to hear it’s coming to PS4, where it can potentially expand it’s audience.
STARWHAL: JUST THE TIP [PS4, PS3]
Starwhal: Just the Tip is a hilarious and frantic local multiplayer game, similar in it’s concept to recent release, Towerfall: Ascension. One of the big differences in Starwhal is that your character is exceptionally difficult to control, leading to a mixture of laughing and highly competitive bouts.
Apotheon is a gorgeous 2D side scrolling action game set in ancient Greece. Think of it as a 2D God of War and you’ve got some idea of the game. It’s got a stunning and distinctive visual aesthetic and has been developed by a tiny team over the last 3 years. As a fan of 2D brawlers, this one has certainly gotten me excited.
Everyone’s favourite fencing game is coming to the PS4. Nidhogg is a massively loved title that features simple graphics and gameplay, that belie a huge amount of depth in terms of combat and range of motion. I personally, always think of this game as the spiritual successor to the old Prince of Persia titles.
There is currently no trailer for Spelunky on PS4. However, the screenshots available are bloody beautiful. The game, which is being developed by Blitworks, is going to run in full 1080p and will be available free to players who’ve previously bought the game on PS3 or Vita. Spelunky is one of the most beloved indie titles out there and the developers attribute a large part of it’s success to livestreams and let’s plays – an area where the PS4 currently excels.
JAMESTOWN PLUS [PS4]
OK, Jamestown on PC is one of my all time favourite top down shooters, so it’s safe to say that the announcement of an expanded version on PS4 has me more than a little excited. Jamestown features stunning pixel art visuals, one of the best game soundtracks ever and some absolutely awesome gameplay. Just watch the trailer and prepare to purchase…
DRIFTER [PS4, Vita]
Drifter is a love letter to the open world space-sim games of old, like Elite and Frontier. Drifter is a space trading sim which allows players to explore massive galaxies, trade goods and explore an interesting narrative – should they want to do so. This is a vastly ambitious little sim, that should fit nicely in the PS4, and even more so, the PS Vita’s libraries.
There has been a whole lot of awesome on this list, but this is the one that has me most intrigued. Chasm is a successfully funded Kickstarter game that is now coming to PS4. Featuring some of the nicest pixel art… well… ever, Chasm is a large scale RPG/Metroidvania style game that simply looks amazing. The game has procedurally generated levels too, meaning truckloads of replayability. This is definitely a game to keep on your radar.
Another title on this list that is (sadly) lacking a PS4 launch trailer. Still, look at how shiny that screenshot is. Source is yet another, yep, you guessed it – Metroidvania style game. The difference here is that Source is a 3D adventure where the player takes control of something resembling a Squiddy from The Matrix. Source is still actually seeking funding on Kickstarter, so if you like the look of it why not check it out and pledge.