Few things in the video game world have been more exciting than watching the growth and maturation of the indie game scene. From remarkably humble origins, to massive commercial successes, indie games have become a powerful force in the games industry.
As the year winds down and 2015 inches ever closer, it is high time to begin towards the future. 2015 looks to be a promising year for gamers, especially those who find their tastes a bit more on the independent side of things. A ton of great indie games are set to release in the upcoming year. Below, the eight most exciting and promising indie games of 2015 can be found.
8) Earthlock: Festival of Magic:
Earthlock: Festival of Magic captures virtually everything that has made role-playing games immensely popular throughout the years. Featuring an impressively designed, imaginative world, classic turn-based combat, and a colorful cast of characters on an epic quest, Festival of Magic feels at once like a modern take on a classic genre.
Set to release in 2015’s first half, Earthlock: Festival of Magic might just be everything that RPG fanatics have been wishing for, all wrapped up in a lovingly crafted indie package.
7) Dragon Fin Soup:
Developed by Grimm Bros., Dragon Fin Soup looks to be one of 2015’s most colorful and interesting video games. Inspired by classic RPGs and roguelike games, Dragon Fin Soup stands out from the rest of the indie pack by featuring two robust modes: Story and Survival.
In addition to the two different ways to play Dragon Fin Soup, the game also features some instantly charming art and character designs that harken back to both classic games and dark fairy tales.
Look out for Dragon Fin Soup sometime in 2015.
6) Citizens of Earth:
Citizens of Earth was also featured as one of Entertainment Buddha’s top games to look out for in early 2015 and for good reason. The charming, quirky EarthBound sendup instantly captures your attention with its Americana-inspired visuals and goofy setting.
Players take on the role of the Vice President as he attempts to save his hometown – and the rest of the world by extension – along with help from his mother, a baker and a number of other eclectic characters.
Fans of EarthBound and other SNES era RPGS are sure to enjoy Citizens of Earth.
5) Mighty No. 9:
Keiji Inafune’s upcoming action-platformer, Mighty No. 9 looks to be everything that gamers would expect from the legendary Mega Man creator.
Boasting wonderfully designed characters, top-notch 2D gameplay, and a persistent challenge, Might No. 9 is sure to be the next big thing in the retro-inspired indie market when it releases in April of 2015.
4) Axiom Verge:
Developed single-handedly by Tom Happ, Axiom Verge is not only one of the most exciting indie games of 2015, but one of the most impressive feats of game design in recent years.
Inspired heavily by Super Metroid, Axiom Verge is a sidescrolling game with tons of secrets to uncover, weapons to upgrade and masterfully designed characters and monsters.
Axiom Verge does not have a firm release date outside of its 2015 window, but there is little denying that this one man show is going to be nothing short of amazing when it finally releases for the PC, Vita and PlayStation 4.
3) Ori and the Blind Forest:
Another metroidvania title, Ori and the Blind Forest is destined to be one of 2015’s most hauntingly beautiful video games. Developed by the multinational Moon Studios, Ori and the Blind Forest takes a minimalist approach to game design, allowing the characters and story to forge an emotional connection with the player.
The tale or guardian spirit Ori and his journey to find his mother is shaping up to be a touching one, with classic platforming elements that will resonate with gamers of all tastes.
2) Hyper Light Drifter:
The ultra-stylish, high-intensity action adventure title, Hyper Light Drifter, perfectly encapsulates the 16-bit graphics that many gamers fondly remember.
Developed by Heart Machine Games, Hyper Light Drifter borrows from classic titles such as A Link to the Past and Diablo, combining fast-paced action and retro-inspired visuals with a mysterious story to boot.
Slated for an early 2015 release, Hyper Light Drifter is not only one of the most exciting indie titles, but one of 2015’s most exciting games in general.
1) No Man’s Sky:
There isn’t much to say about No Man’s Sky that hasn’t already been reiterated time and again. Hello Games’ universe-spanning title is one of the most high-concept games ever imagined.
With countless, procedurally generated planets to explore – each with its own unique biomes, creatures and plant life – No Man’s Sky is a game that places the utmost importance on exploration and imagination. The universe is your oyster in No Man’s Sky and any self-respecting gamer should be very excited for the game’s release.
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