We know that 2016 will be the year of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Gears of War 4, and more, but there are a handful of games which have been out-shined by the fame of these mainstream titles.
These games all offer the same quality of gaming that any other titles do, if not better – plus they are normally pretty cheap, which is always a good thing.
Around the world, hundreds of independent studios are working on games for us, and here are a few you should pay attention to.
Cuphead – Xbox One
Cuphead’s art style is probably the greatest thing about the game. It goes all the way back to the classic days of Steamboat Willie, where animations where extremely over exaggerated, and so were the soundtracks.
Everything is painted in vibrant watercolors using art techniques from back in the 1930s. The game follows the story of Cuphead and Mugman, who have signed a deal with the devil. They now set off to do his bidding.
What Remains of Edith Finch – PS4
The studio behind The Unfinished Swan have been hard at work on a brand new title which plays out over a collection of stories. Each story follows a different member of a cursed family in Washington state.
The game starts in the 1900s and follows the history of the family all the way up to the present. As you progress through the game, the gameplay and art style varies on the chapter you are playing.
Edith Finch is the last remaining member of the family who needs to uncover the secrets of her heritage and mystery surrounding her families past.
Inside – Xbox One, PC, PS4
After years of silence, Paydead, the studio behind the acclaimed Limbo, will be releasing their latest and greatest creation. Inside follows the story of a young boy who ventures out into the world to discover the mystery behind a secret organization.
The game seems to follow the same art style as Limbo, with shadows and a darker colour palette complimenting the game’s dark and creepy feel.
Other than a trailer, that is all we know about this game right now, although it looks like it is going to be a competitor to Limbo.
Owlboy – PC
If you loved games like Wonder Boy in Monster World back on the SEGA Mega Drive, then Owlboy is the game that you should look out for.
The game is a vertical platform adventure set in the sky. You play as Owlboy as he sets out to save his village from deadly sky pirates who have attacked his village and kidnapped his people.
The game will take you across various lands in the sky, as you solve puzzles and glide through the air while exploring sky caves in a quest to save your people.
Below – Xbox One, PC
Toronto-based studio, Capybara Games, have been working on a procedurally-generated dungeon crawler called “Below”.
As your character explores a randomly generated mountain, solves puzzles and fights monsters from the darkness, he will venture further into the depths of the below.
When you die in the game, your progress is lost, forcing you to restart.
This also means you will need to take the time to learn the routes and traps which the new mountain has in store for you. It is all about risk and reward.
Chasm – PC, PS4, Xbox One
Chasm is set in Karthas, a small mining town which has fallen silent.
Upon arriving at the town, Daltyn discovers that there is more going on than meets the eye, as paranormal forces have sealed the town off from the rest of the world.
With no way to escape, he must now explore the mines below and discover just what exactly is going on.
Along the way he will gain new abilities and equipment, face off against dangerous foes, and survive deadly traps.
The game is set over six areas with each of them carefully created and randomly generated each time you play through them.
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