Every single day it seems like the indie game scene gains a little more traction. For the longest time, these smaller games developed outside of the traditional developer and publisher system were hardly noticed by gamers. However, thanks in large part to the Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, and Steam, people care about smaller games almost as much as they care about the big releases from companies like EA and Activision.
While the focus of this year’s E3 was the Xbox One and PS4, there was plenty of new indie games shown off at the show. In spite of how much people do care about independent games, this year they were kind of outside of the attention of most media and onlookers. However, not paying attention to these games would be a mistake, as some of them were downright fantastic. If you love sitting down and enjoying a smaller gameplay experience, then you will love these new games that were shown off at E3 2013.
One thing we’ve seen of late is certain indie developers making a name for themselves, and their name alone is enough to draw attention to their games. That was the case with Jonathan Blow – creator of Braid – announced The Witness. Now, we’ve seen a lot more of the game at E3, and we know that it is much more than just a game with a big name attached. It is shaping up to be a fantastic game, and one that all gamers need to keep an eye on.
The E3 indie game is said to draw inspiration from Myst, and it is supposed to boast around 300 unique puzzles. With the pedigree of the developer, we fully expect this game to be of a high quality standard, and even further, we expect it to be the kind of game that will truly twist your mind. Keep your eye on this one, because it promises to be something special.
This is another indie game from a developer with a good track record. Supergiant Games created a gem of a game known as Bastion, and it is still one of the most well-received indie games on the market. When the company announced its next game, everyone waited with baited breath to see just what it could be. Turned out, the team decided to build a turn-based strategy game set in the sci-fi world. Interesting and unexpected, which is just why the indie gaming scene is so much fun.
Reaction from the show floor at E3 was unanimously positive for this game. Everyone from the video game media, to tech journalists are frothing at the mouse to get more time to play Transistor. Could Supergiant Games have yet another smash hit on their hands? All signs point to yes, but we just have to wait and see once the E3 indie game is finally released.
We’ve covered games that are genuinely scary on MakeUseOf before, and Outlast looks to take the cake as one of the scariest we’ve ever seen. Red Barrels is the studio responsible for this game, and I can promise you this is one I will be keeping my eyes on as it nears release. It’s coming this summer to Steam, so we do not have long to wait to get our hands on this terrifying game. Not only is this one of my most anticipated indie games, it’s one of my anticipated games in general.
Just watching through the above trailer gives you a real sense of the kind of terror you can expect to experience during the game. A game about slaying tons of enemies this is not. Instead, this is simply a game about survival. It feels much more like a horror movie than a game, and I personally cannot wait to play it. Not only that, but it looks fantastic, so it doesn’t have that typical indie game style, which actually helps make the game even scarier. Just watch the trailer, but if horror is not your thing, you might want to skip it.
This game is what you might call a more “traditional indie game.” It features a highly stylized graphical style. Like some of the best smaller games that have come before it, it takes a traditional gameplay mechanic – platforming, in this case – and gives in an interesting new twist that makes it feel fresh and interesting again.
Contrast is set in the 1920s, and it follows two best friends named Didi and Dawn. The two jump through the world using the power of shadows to get through the game. It’s very whimsical, while still feeling dark and gritty. If the trailer is any indication, this looks like it could be a game to remember, and one that all gamers, especially fans of platformers, should get their hands on when it releases.
If you are sick of hearing Xbox One this and PS4 that, these are the E3 indie games that should bring a smile to your face. Sure, some of them are coming to next generation consoles, but it’s not the platform that matters here; it’s the gameplay. Keep an eye on these indie games, and make sure to grab them when they hit the market.
What indie games caught your attention at E3 2013? Hit the comments section below and let us know!