Big blockbuster games are dominating gamer’s consciousness. Star Wars Battlefront looks epic, yeah we know. Metal Gear Solid 5 The Phantom Pain looks amazing, well obviously. We don’t need to address this. Those games are trending on Facebook and Twitter whenever a minuet bit of information is announced. It is now time to let the indies also have their moment to shine amongst the titans of gaming such as Halo, Uncharted and Fallout. Sony and Microsoft gave us a tantalising glimpse into some visually striking games with unique gameplay concepts at E3 2015. Here are some that caught Breakthrough Gaming’s attention.
Heavily inspired from those kooky 1930’s Disney cartoons, Cuphead may look cutting edge but the game has been painstakingly brought to life by hand through cell animation. This is a phenomenal feat in games design that has never really been seen before. The gameplay however doesn’t operate as a traditional sidescrolling platformer, this would’ve been too much of a challenge to create hand drawn. Instead, the game operates as a kind of boss blitz mode in which you fight one boss after another. It has been reported that Cuphead will also be very challenging as well as incredibly zany, delivering on the old school Disney vibe.
2. Beyond Eyes
There maybe tears ahead after playing Beyond Eyes, a game where you have to guide a young blind girl through unfamiliar territory to find her only friend, a lost cat. It is no doubt that Beyond Eyes will be full of emotional heft through creating this isolating experience. The games watercolour aesthetic is refreshing and is totally fitting in replicating the gameplay style of not being fully aware of your surroundings. Sherida Halatoe, the games developer described to Gametrailers that the game was a one-person project and was influenced from real life experiences, Beyond Eyes is very much a passion project in this sense. What makes this indie title so intriguing is the clever sensual experience the game delivers from first hearing the sound of water trickling and assuming it to be a water fountain at first and then through closer inspection the running water was actually a mundane drain pipe. Playing as a character as unique as this vulnerable girl really breaks the mold of traditional gaming.
3. No Mans Sky
Created by 13 developers based in Guildford, England, No Mans Sky is going to be one of the biggest and most ambitious games ever made. Consisting mostly on exploration through the vast reaches of space, No Mans Sky has scope to spare, especially for an indie game. The developers still remain tight-lipped in what you have to do in the game. All we know is that your goal is to reach the centre of the universe, all the while satisfying your curiosity by landing on planets to roam around them and taking part in space skirmishes.
With no conflict involved in this first person psychological thriller, communication is the main aspect of Firewatch. Delivering a mysterious yet kooky narrative completely through radio chatter, Firewatch plays on the player’s emotions. A solid cast, which includes Mad Men’s Harry Crane who delivers the conversations with wit, intensity and intrigue. Developers Campo Santo Productions, hope to deliver an engaging story full of twists set in the hauntingly beautiful wilderness. Overall the suspense and the strange intrigues, despite what little story details we have got we know that mission objectives involves patrolling the woods and that the voice acting is some of the strongest seen in an indie game.
Ashen’s unrealistic blocky character textures don’t hold this game back from being a stunning game visually. This open world adventure puts emphasis on co-op exploration and puzzle solving. You play as characters that have no facial features but instead use body language to express themselves. Set in a world inhabited full of strange creatures where there is no Sun, Ashen will be a truly haunting experience for players. The game is already compared to Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, two games which proved the artistic nature of video games. Ashen will most likely be held in that regard too when it comes out for Xbox One.