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Top 5 PS4 Exclusive Indie Games We Can’t Wait to Hear More About at E3 2015

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Rime one of our most anticipated games for E3

In the lead up to the launch of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Sony did a number of great initiatives, one being engaging numerous indie developers and advertising them as not just a side project of consoles, but one of the main reasons to own a PS4. Even after the release of the PS4, Sony has shown their commitment to the indie scene and established themselves as the indie box (a term which has good and bad connotations), a place for not only for AAA experiences, but for interesting and unique games from independent developers.

However, for as many games we are excited for, we are continuously left waiting for more details and or release dates. But with the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) just around the corner, we are hoping to learn a lot more about some of our most anticipated indie PS4 exclusives we having been waiting years for. Here’ s are our Top 5 PS4 Exclusives we can’t wait to hear more about at E3 2015.


Rime

The delightful and bright Rime excited fans back in 2013, but will we see any new game play for the title this year? PS4

The delightful and bright Rime excited fans back in 2013, but will we see any new game play for the title this year?

From the Spanish developers, Tequila Works, comes the colourful and interesting game, Rime. Although, we have not heard much about the project since its initial announcement, it caught the attention of the gaming community back in 2013, premiering at the Sony E3 press conference. The simple exploration and whimsical feel just from watching the reveal trailer made many oooh and awww at the gameplay and visuals, and left us wanting to explore the expansive and mysterious landscapes of this unnamed island. It was one of the first indie titles which got fans excited in the lead up to the launch of the PS4, and hopefully we will see more of it this year.

An adventure, exploration game with puzzle solving elements and some supernatural events occurring around the island, it’s a place ripe for exploring. Its one we can’t wait to hear more about, let’s just hope it doesn’t go the way of ‘The Guardian’ in regards to disappearing from the public from years and years on end.

SOMA

Another horror game from the creators of the Amnesia franchise is set to make us wet our pants all over again. PS4

Another horror game from the creators of the Amnesia franchise is set to make us wet our pants all over again.

A horror game we have already covered extensively here at OnlySP and for good reason. A scary and dark sci-fi horror coming to PS4 and PC, set to make even the bravest cry and be disturbed. The story takes place on a remote research facility called PATHOS-2 where machines have taken on the traits of humans, while alien life has started to turn the facility into a nightmare. Sounds fun, right? Brought to us from Frictional Games, the developers who created the frightfully scary Amnesia: The Dark Descent, there is sure to be some jumps scares and twisted monsters for players to avoid.

SOMA is set to come out sometime this year, with the game already having been put into beta and a release date set to be announced soon. Originally announced back in 2013 with little bits of information and screenshots released since, we are still waiting on some more concrete information on the story and some of the gameplay elements. It’s a strange time when we want to see more of a game because we are interested, but we don’t at the same time because we don’t want it spoiled. Regardless of what we want, we’re sure there will be some new announcements for it at E3.

Everybody’s gone to the Rapture

Exploring the British countryside during the apocalypse, sounds like fun right? PS4

Exploring the British countryside during the apocalypse, sounds like fun right?

Another adventure, exploration game which has caught our interest, is the post-apocalyptic, yet very English and simple Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture. From the creators of the well-known Dear Esther, which was lauded for its story telling and environments, this looks very similar with an interesting setting and story elements to learn about. The game is based around six different characters, who all tell a different side of the events taking place in the village of Shropshire during the apocalypse.

With so many apocalyptic games and franchises around, it’s nice to see a developer take a different approach and explore the more immediate effect on the populace from the apocalypse. The developer has been fairly open about the development, but being able to see some more gameplay and maybe even a release date for the PS4 exclusive at E3 would make a lot of single player gamers happy.

Until Dawn (Not Really Indie)

Teen horror with terrible decisions ending with all your characters possibly dead? Sign me up! PS4

Teen horror with terrible decisions ending with all your characters possibly dead? Sign me up!

Another intense horror game, which initially was set to be released on PlayStation 3, but has since been recreated for the PS4, is one to keep an eye on at E3. Although featuring a somewhat simple premise, with a bunch of friends out in a cabin alone with a serial killer coming for them, it is looking to immerse players to a new level, and place some tough decisions in their hands. The “Butterfly Effect” is an important mechanic towards determining the outcome of the story, as player’s actions and decisions with one character, will effect the paths and events for others.

A similar example for the gameplay and story structure is the fantastic Heavy Rain, which would allow for all the playable characters to die and thus influence the story dramatically. Until Dawn is no exception to this game mechanic, with all eight playable characters having the possibility of death. We can’t wait to see more of Until Dawn at E3, with the gameplay already shown being gripping and hectic with some great visuals to boot.

Shadow of the Beast

Gory? Check. Bloody? Check. Decapitations? Check. Angry beast charging across the desert killing everything in it's path? Check. Check. Check! PS4!

Gory? Check. Bloody? Check. Decapitations? Check. Angry beast charging across the desert killing everything in it’s path? Check. Check. Check!

A re-imagining of the original Shadow of the Beast was revealed at Gamescom in 2013, but it wasn’t until recently we actually saw some gameplay. What we saw looked fantastically gory and fun. Released for the first time back in 1989, it was considered revolutionary at the time for its atmospheric soundtrack and graphics. The developers behind the remake, Heavy Spectrum Entertainment Labs (bit of a mouthful) are aiming to recreate the atmosphere and feeling of the original games, and take the gore and combat to new levels of insane. There will be combos, decapitations and enough blood to make Kratos cringe. Whether we see more of the brutal combat on display at E3 is a dream of yours truly, but we will have to wait and see.


E3 2015 is set to be as big as ever, with plenty of great titles we hope to see at the Sony press conference, but is there any we have missed you are looking forward to? Let us know in the comments!

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Gamer of every genre, but often prefers just buying games and looking at them and the pretty covers rather than ever playing them. A writer from Australia, currently studying Journalism and hoping to make it big one day in writing.

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Top 5 Xbox One Exclusive Indie Games We Can’t Wait to Hear More About at E3 2015

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Top 5 Upcoming Xbox One Single Player Indie Games for E3

Indies have become a prominent part of the video game industry in the past few years with both Sony and Microsoft reaching out to indie developers extensively, with Sony originally leading the way, and Microsoft playing catch up. Now, in the lead up to E3 this year, there are as many Indie games as there are triple A titles that we can’t wait to hear about. Last week I talked about the Top 5 Sony Indies we hope to hear about at E3, but for this week we are looking at Xbox One Indies which are kicking up a storm. Here are the top 5 upcoming Xbox One indie games we can’t wait to hear more about at E3.

Disclaimer – (Although a number of these games have console exclusivity to Xbox One, these are often just timed, meaning they may come to other consoles at a later date, and there is a strong possibility of them coming to PC platforms at any time.)


Below

Top 5 Upcoming Xbox One Single Player Indie Games for E3

Another game looking to set itself apart in a market flooded with rogue-likes, Below is a beautiful and mysterious game with great experience behind it.

A title which caught my attention quicker than any other indie before, was the beautiful and intriguing Below. From the developers who brought gamers the delightful and explosive Super Time Force last year, Capybara Games, comes the rogue adventure game with simple yet almost breath-taking artwork. Originally shown for the first time in Microsoft’s E3 press conference back in 2013, before the current generation consoles were even released, the game is played from a top down perspective, with the player controlling a small warrior exploring the depths of a mysterious island.

Featuring many rouge-like mechanics, including randomly generated levels and permanent death, it’s a familiar take on the recently popularized rouge genre. However, it is the art style and tone which ultimately sets it apart, making it onto our top five Xbox One indie list. With no release date announced yet and little details given since 2013, we hope there will be some concise information at this year’s Microsoft press conference.

Blues and Bullets

Top 5 Upcoming Xbox One Single Player Indie Games for E3

Blues and Bullets looks and sounds interesting and hopefully will see more of it soon.

With the episodic game formula becoming popularized by developer Telltale Games, it’s not surprising we are seeing a number of developers trying the structure for their own game ideas. The newest developers giving it a try is A Crow of Monsters, with their action-adventure detective game Blues and Bullets. The story follows Eliot Ness, an agent who jailed the infamous Al Capone, but after going into retirement is told Capone needs him to find his kidnapped granddaughter as his former nemesis is the only person he can trust. Players will need to search and find clues through investigations at crime scenes and match clues with suspects in order to solve crimes.

Another game which in concept is simple, but is set apart by its contrasting graphics. The noire style with tinges of colour occasionally to attract attention such as blood, acts as a dramatic and immersive mechanic. Blues and Bullets is another title which has caught our attention and we’ll be sure to investigate ourselves. The game was awarded Excellence in Story and Storytelling at the recent Game Connection Development awards. Set to be released onto Xbox One through the ID@Xbox publishing program, the first episode will be coming soon, with hopefully more details to come at E3.

Cuphead

Top 5 Upcoming Xbox One Single Player Indie Games for E3

A strange game with an art style replicating cartoons from the 30s and classic platforming action.

Set to be one of the strangest yet interesting games we’ve seen in a while, Cuphead aims to revisit older times with 30s cartoon art style and classic run and gun gameplay which centres around 1-on-1 fights. Players will face a multitude of enemies and bosses in order to repay a debt to the devil gained from gambling. Cuphead is the first game from developers Studio MDHR, consisting of brothers Chad and Jared Moldenhauer. Development began in 2010 and is inspired by “subversive and surrealist” elements in regards to the art style in particular. The developers aim to mix up the style of game by having unlimited lives, but the game is continuous, in the sense it is one boss fight right after the other.

Cuphead stands out for its art style, dating back the original styles of Disney and other comics from the 30s. A title which is sure to turn a few heads and surprise many, we hope to see more of it at E3, with the game set to come out sometime in 2015.

Inside

Top 5 Upcoming Xbox One Single Player Indie Games for E3

A dark and dystopian setting, dark colours and themes and clever puzzles to boot. Its easy to be excited for Inside when the developers behind the game created the magnificent Limbo.

Limbo surprised many with its deep puzzle mechanics and simple storytelling when it released back in 2010. However, the art style and theme of hopelessness, darkness and light were what drew gamers in and immersed them in the experience. The developers behind Limbo, PlayDead, are aiming for a similar feeling with their new title, Inside, a 2.5 puzzler and platforming game where you must guide a child through dystopian environments  Although hard details remain thin since the original announcement, Inside follows the story of a small boy, living in a dystopian society of drones, as he hides, runs and investigates the people around him.

The players must slowly piece together and learn about the culture and civilization the boy lives in as he traverses the plain and seemingly government controlled world. Inside looks interesting so far to say the least, with an Early 2015 release date set on the website, there’s a strong possibility it will be coming out in 2015.

SuperHOT

Top 5 Upcoming Xbox One Single Player Indie Games for E3

Superhot a First Person Shooter which innovates in the genre with one unique mechanic, nothing moves unless you do.

Continuing the theme of unique art styles and themes comes the fast and furious, SuperHOT. The game is a first person shooter, but with a unique element to the shooting mechanics. Bullets and other projectiles only move when the player moves, meaning you can freeze time by standing still. Along with the unique game mechanic comes a unique art style with simple colour schemes used to make enemies stand out for the player. It allows for players to focus on the skill needed to complete levels in the short time limits given. The idea came out of a game jam from a group of friends, but has since taken on a whole new life.

SuperHOT was remade from scratch, but with the core concept intact, after which the game was greenlit, kickstarted and is now set to come to Xbox One through the ID@Xbox program this Summer. Although there is a continuous influx of first person shooters in the industry, it’s nice to see developers innovating on core mechanics, leading to unique experiences such as SuperHOT on consoles.


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