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Indie Love: Anticipated Indie Games of 2014 and Beyond

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Transistor: Red finding Transistor at the dead body of a friend
Charles King on March 29, 2014 - 9:20 am in Features

There is no doubt in my mind that  independent developers will become more important than ever to the gaming industry this generation. They are usually the risk-takers, developing games that contain unique gameplay features, presentations and tackling genres AAA studios wouldn’t consider. Thanks to Kickstarter and the efforts from Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo, indie games will also have more exposure to the gaming masses as the generation progresses.

Enough of the indie love, and on to a short list of anticipated and upcoming indie games.

Transistor

Bastion made an impression on gamers as the first title developed by Supergiant Games. The studio is following up with a sci-fi themed action RPG that tells the story of Red, a singer who comes into possession of an intelligent and powerful sword called Transistor. To make things complicated, a group of robotic assassins called The Process will be pursuing Red through the futuristic city of Cloudbank to obtain her new mysterious friend. With an impressive art style, mood-setting soundtrack and fast paced action, everything about Transistor appeals to me. Of course you can’t go wrong with adding a futuristic action RPG to your collection either.

No Man’s Sky

Have you ever wanted to jump into a your very own space ship and see where it takes you? Hello Games aims to make your fantasies come true with their upcoming sci-fi game called No Man’s Sky. The gameplay emphasises exploration and survival while introducing players to an “infinite procedurally generated universe.”

This means there will always be new worlds to explore and creatures to run away in panic from. Sign me up!

Hyper Light Drifter

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Crowd funded on Kickstarter, Hyper Light Drifter is a 2D action RPG from Heart Machine that pays homage to the 8-bit and 16-bit games on the SNES while giving players a modern gameplay experience. You play the Drifter, a seeker of knowledge and lost technology on a mission  to cure himself from a deadly disease.

Polygon’s demo of Hyper Light Drifter at GDC 2014 shows how the gameplay and artstyle is blending together quite nicely.

Project Phoenix

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Project Phoenix is an ambitious squad based RTS with a design heavily influenced by Japanese RPG and developed by a dream team of creators from the east and west. This game brings back memories of playing Final Fantasy through the years and how epic the experience was, which is fitting since some of the assembled talent worked on various FF titles, like legendary composer Nobuo Uematsu .

Unfortunately it won’t release until mid 2015, a long wait indeed.

Galak-Z: The Dimensional

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Galak-Z: The Dimensional combines the fast paced action of a shooter with a 80’s anime presentation gamers like myself grew up watching.

I have nothing but great things to say about Galak-Z after a preview at PAX Prime 2013.

Star Citizen

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Star Citizen is the upcoming space sim from Chris Roberts, the creator of Wing Commander, and is the most successful crowdfunded project in history reaching 41 million. Developed by Cloud Imperium Games, Star Citizen is PC only and will fully utilize the power of the platform. In other words, this game speaks directly to PC enthusiasts.

Why did Star Citizen make the list? I played a lot of Wing Commander and X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter growing up and a space sim in a persistent world with a player driven economy, single player mode, and procedurally generated content gives me more reasons to upgrade my PC. Fortunately for me, Star Citizen will release in 2015 so I have plenty of time to learn how to dogfight again.

Honorable mentions:

Secret Ponchos

Liege

Mighty No. 9

River City Ransom Underground 

Satellite Reign