Feature: Eight intriguing PS4 and Vita Indie titles to look forward to
Project Morpheus may have gobbled up the headlines at this year’s Game Developers Conference, but there were still plenty of inevitable PlayStation 4 and Vita indie announcements to poke fun at the leftovers. Instead of bombarding you with individual stories, we’ve chosen to collect all the biggest reveals into one big lighter love bite, with all the biggest reveals embedded underneath. Your appetite may crave meatier meals, but there’s nothing wrong with eating a handful of snacks while you wait for the blockbusters to cook.
Aztez (PS4, Vita)
With an art direction like MadWorld and a fighting system as flashy as Bayonetta, upstart Arizonan Team Colorblind could be accused of ripping off the Japanese Platinum Games-winning production plan with Aztez. However, this elegant beat-’em-up has an innovation of its own: an empire management system. Apparently, sucking on roast chickens while raining down fist fury on goofy punks has gotten tiring since the days of Final Fight, so this next monochromatic excursion aims to add some depth to its succulent combative core.
CastleStorm: Definitive Edition (PS4)
Part of a dual-punch PS4 by Zen Pinball 2 developer Zen Studios, the relaunched CastleStorm: Definitive Edition aims to bring medieval combat to Sony’s latest console. Out now on the PlayStation 3 and Vita, this physics-based adventure will find you fortifying your elaborate majestic structure as you attempt to rain down real **** on your tyrannical foes. Boasting the original campaign plus its expansion packs, this enhanced adventure will even run in luscious 1080p at 60 frames per second. It’s ready to sit on the throne of your system this spring.
Counter Spy (PS4)
Already announced for the PS3 and Vita, the cleverly dubbed Dynamighty is busy bringing his CounterSpy covert excursion to PS4 too. With clever cross-platform features that allow you to unlock intelligence gathered across multiple devices, this silhouetted game of stealth is set to add the kind of sleek, sneaky action to Sony’s next-gen system that espionage aficionado Solid Snake could only use. I could dream The title is due out in the summer, but be sure to pay attention: we’ve heard that this game has a knack for being inconspicuous.
Dragon Fin Soup (PS4, PS3, Vita)
Despite its clearly unappealing title, Dragon Fin Soup sounds like a delight. Fusing naughty action with classic RPG, this throwback outing may be the best combination since broccoli and stilt broth. Currently on a Kickstarter campaign for more polish, the indie adventure takes place in a fantasy world called Asura, which just so happens to be built on top of a giant space turtle. The protagonist also bears a strong resemblance to Little Red Riding Hood, which is complemented by the name of the developer Grimm Bros.
Home (PS4, Vita)
While one could argue that the creepy avatars and non-stop dance battles are more gruesome than the best Silent Hill games, indie title Home aims to trump PlayStation Home in its own disturbing game. This pixelated psychological thriller is designed to be played in the dark with a set of Sennheiser cans super glued to your ears. No word on a release window yet, but you can always gear up for adventure by visiting Home Square dressed as Ron Weasley.
KickBeat: Special Edition (PS4)
Break out your best dancing shoes because KickBeat: Special Edition is returning to Sony’s next-generation system. Fusing kung-fu action with pacey shape pulling, this new PS3 and Vita title will feature a full single-player campaign, plus music analysis mechanics, allowing you to create unique scenarios from your collection. of Dixie Chicks CDs. Even better, promising new features from the developer, bonus songs, and general improvements more than enough to get you splitting. Ouch.
Race against the sun (PS4, PS3, Vita)
Race the Sun might sound like an impossible goal or a horrible Halle Berry movie, but it’s also an excellent speed simulation from a small Flippfly studio. This summer, Sony’s launch allows you to take control of a solar-powered aircraft that must stay in the sun’s rays for as long as possible. The sense of speed may never rival the seminal Space Harrier shooter, but at least the polygonal presentation is a step above StarFox. Now, make sure to do a barrel roll.
Savant Ascent (PS4)
Designed by a developer called D-Pad Studios, it’s perhaps not too surprising that Savant Ascent is yet another side-scrolling action game. However, if you take this title seriously, you’ll only get half the story inspired by the heavy beats, as this is as much of a rhythm release as anything else. A dodge-and-shoot escapade, every move you make in this fast-paced affair is designed to fit in with the electronic musician, er, first Savant soundtrack. It also looks like an old-school heavy metal album cover, which is a huge plus in our book.
Which of these indie titles are you most looking forward to playing? Are there any unannounced versions of Sony’s systems that you’d like to try with a DualShock controller in hand? Try not to complain about all the ports in the comments section below.
Which of these indie titles do you fancy the most? (27 votes)
CastleStorm: Definitive Edition
dragon fin soup
KickBeat: Special Edition
compete with the sun
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