If you haven’t been hiding under a rock for the last two or three years you’ll have noticed that there’s an underground movement in the world of video games, a movement that has been driven by the talented AAA developers who have become fed up of big corporate development environments and being told what to do.
These talented and brave ‘indie warriors’ have thrown all caution to the wind, leaving well paid jobs to develop games they’ve personally been wanting to make for years – without anyone dictating to them about what to do and how to do it. You can’t blame them, it’s a lot more motivating to work around the clock on a game that YOU believe in and that YOU have control of, rather than a faceless senior exec, but man, it’s a big risk.
Versus Evil is a like-minded indie publisher who has been lucky enough to partner with several of these talented studios, to help them launch their ‘babies’ into the big, wide, rabid world of gamers. Yes, that’s YOU lot! We are beyond excited to tell you about a few games that will be coming to PlayStation 4 in early 2015. Each one is unique in its own right:
This is just a really weird way to make a game, but it works! From the original game creators of Earthworm Jim and the Neverhood, comes a point and click adventure…wait for it… stop motion clay animation video game (try and say that 10 times quickly!). Supported by a quirky but quite mesmerising original soundtrack from Terry Taylor, Armikrog will throw you into a rich, colourful world packed with loveable oddball characters and a lot of toilet humour.
- See www.armikrog.com for more details.
The Banner Saga
The quality bar has been set! With several awards already under its belt and a second chapter already in the works, this indie hit is making its way to PlayStation 4. If you like turn-based strategy games or Vikings (or both) and appreciate stunning old school style 2D animation, this is definitely worth checking out. It’s a classic and one that has made a mark in video game history already.
- See www.thebannersaga.com for more details
It’s hard to imagine that two guys from Holland put this tactical RPG game together in just two years, by themselves! But they did, and it’s a big world of magic, colliding with Viking themes and hours upon hours of adventuring. All I can say is just be nice to the sheep.
- See www.kyngame.com for more details
From fledgling Brazilian indie studio Swordtales, comes a dark fantasy adventure in which you have to guide a lonely child as she climbs the tower known as Toren. It’s an artistically beautiful game (yes it’s won awards for its art too!) with puzzles and treacherous enemies to defeat. Your inner ‘protective instincts’ will certainly be played on as you help Moonchild survive the journey from baby to adolescent.
- See www.toren-game.com for more details