My experience at PSX 2015 in San Francisco was amazing. I had the privilege to see new AAA games, try new tech with the PlayStation VR, and rub elbows with some major names in the game industry. However, even though I had the chance to see all of these amazing things there was one aspect of the show I over looked and it seemed to be the part that has me the most excited for this year: Indie Games. These games are small groups, or at times just one person, creating amazing experiences that change how you play games. Games like Journey, Telltales’ the Walking Dead series are just some of the critically acclaimed ones. Most of these Indies sadly get lost on PSN, XBLA, or Steam. This is just due to the fact that there are so many Indies making games that it is hard for anyone to gain enough publicity to catch the eye of everyone. Nevertheless, there are rare occasions that an indie game becomes as highly anticipated as a AAA game. One of the most anticipated games in 2016 is No Man’s Sky. This game is being made by a team of only six people yet is one of, if not, the largest games anyone has ever seen. However, this list is excluding No Man’s Sky. This does not mean we aren’t excited for this game; we are over the moon for it (pun intended). It has just received so much hype and publicity we felt the smaller guy needed some as well. Here are our five indie games on PSN to keep your eye on in 2016 in no particular order. So let us get started.
- Screen Cheat
Screen Cheat is developed by Samurai Punk and Surprise Attack Games, out of Australia, and is a very unique idea for a four-person party game. In this chaotic split screen adventure all the other players are invisible and the only way to know where the enemy is, is to (that’s right) screen cheat. My experience with this game was limited, however, it was one of the most fun games I had the privilege of playing and I am very exited to experience more. Screen Cheat is out now on Steam and coming soon to PSN and XBLA.
Sentris is a music puzzle game that tests your speed and precession, all the while making an original and epic song. Sentris uses different instruments and beats to make sure every play is a different experience and original song. On Steam you have the ability to export your new song right to you PC and listen to it whenever you get the urge. This game is coming soon to PSN and is already available on Steam.
- Dead Star
Dead Star is the latest game out of the studio Armature, who’s work ranges from Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate to Borderlands: The Handsome Jack Collection. Dead Star is a 10 vs. 10 twin stick space shooter. The player is tasked with capturing bases in space to win. With randomly generated battlefields, no two battles will ever be the same. Dead Star is coming too to PC and PS4.
- Shadow of the Beast
Shadow of the Beats is a remake of a Sega game made by Sony and Heavy Spectrum Entertainment. Following the story of the original game with up to date controls in a side scroller while also keeping true to the original. Shadow of the Beast is coming to PSN March 2nd.
Housemarque has become a legend in the world of indies with games like Dead Nation, Resogun, and Outland. Alienation is a top down twin stick shooter, like Dead Nation, with four player co-op. Housemarque has become a powerhouse in the indy games scene. Alienation is set to release only on PS4 in 2016.