During Sony’s pre-E3 conference, and between the wealth of impressive AAA titles, they showcased a showreel of indie games being brought to the PS4, PS3 and PS Vita through a partnership with Devolver Digital. If you haven’t seen the showreel, you can do so below. Some of these games will have inevitably slipped under the radar amongst the madness of E3, so here’s a recap in more detail about each of the games shown, as well as a couple of other key indie titles.
What Is It? Broforce is a co-operative 2D side-scrolling shoot-’em-up that doesn’t hold back – expect huge weaponry and extreme explosions.
Platforms PS4 and PS Vita (Early 2015)
The Lowdown on Broforce Broforce is all about shooting everything that moves as you and your team-mates battle along beautiful pixellated landscapes. Broforce is available for pre-order on PC now, and you can play the “Brototype” for free now to get an idea of what to expect when the full game drops.
Official Website Broforce Official Website
What Is It? Titan Souls is heavily inspired by both Demon’s Souls and Shadow of the Colossus – it’s all about taking on huge, unforgiving bosses.
Platforms PS4 and PS Vita
The Lowdown on Titan Souls Titan Souls wants to make players suffer in the same way the Souls games do. The game is relentlessly hard, and is essentially a series of massively unforgiving boss battles. You have just one attack – firing a single arrow, which you must retrieve before attacking again. Death is also instantaneous. Titan Souls could very well see a number of PS4 controllers thrown and Vita screens smashed. You can play an early build of the game online here.
Official Website Titan Souls’ developer page
Not A Hero
What Is It? Not A Hero is a 2.5D side-scrolling shoot-’em-up with a funky sense of humor.
Platforms PS4 and PS Vita (Early 2015)
The Lowdown on Not A Hero Not A Hero is the next game from developer Roll 7 – the team behind pixelated skating game Olli Olli. The game is about blasting through a glut of enemies and taking cover or performing executions on downed enemies. I got to play an early build of Not A Hero at EGX Rezzed in February and I loved it – honestly, this game cannot be released soon enough. It’s addictive, fun and makes you feel like a total badass!
Official Website Roll 7 – Not A Hero website
Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number
What Is It? Sequel to the relentlessly unforgiving top down shooter Hotline Miami.
Platforms PS4, PS3 and PS Vita
The Lowdown on Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number is the follow up to the original hit game from developer Dennaton. It’s ultra-violent and leaves no space for error – death is waiting for you around every corner. The sequel also comes with a level editor that will allow users to create and share their own levels.
Official Website Devolver Digital – Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number
The Talos Principle
What Is It? A mind-bending 3D puzzler
Platforms PS4 (Autumn 2014)
The Lowdown on The Talos Principle The Talos Principle is a 3D puzzler that looks set to give everyone a bit of brain ache as they move from one mind-melting puzzle to the next. Playing from a first-person perspective the developers, who previously worked on Serious Sam, “apologise ahead of time for the mental anguish hiding behind the brilliant puzzles”.
Official Website The Talos Principle Website
What Is It? A beautiful side scrolling puzzling exclusive for the PS Vita.
Platforms PS Vita (September 2014)
The Lowdown on Murasaki Baby Murasaki Baby looks beautiful – the hand drawn art style makes for an adorable and intriguing experience that makes the best of the Vita’s multiple inputs. This was another game I got to play at EGX Rezzed in February and I instantly fell in love with Murasaki Baby as soon as I got my hands on it!
Official Website Murasaki Baby Official Website