If you are on the lookout for some great independent games for your PS4 then check these out.
There's no denying that the PlayStation 4 has made a comfortable home for blockbuster games and their developers. Every year there is a seemingly endless stream of huge titles. But what about the little guys? Independent developers are just as capable of creating amazing and engaging games as the big guys. Here are just a few of the very best independent titles that PS4 has to offer.
- What Remains of Edith Finch
- Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
- The Witness
- Stardew Valley
What Remains of Edith Finch
If you're looking for a fantastic storytelling experience bolstered by gorgeous visuals then developer Giant Sparrow has you covered. What Remains of Edith Finch may not be for every gamer but if you are enticed at the idea of having your heartstrings tugged and you enjoy a meditative gaming experience then it's certainly worth your time and money.
If you spent any amount of time on social media in 2015, you've likely heard of Undertale. The surprise smash hit found a lot success for seemingly being such a simple game on the surface. The charm of its characters and unique world captured the hearts of players as you're thrown into an underground world of monsters. This RPG has branching narratives depending on what level of blood lust you have simmering below the surface. Want to complete it without hurting anyone? There's a pacifist run for that. Want to slaughter everything in your wake? The Genocide run is the one for you. But just remember, your actions have consequences.
Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
You know that argument that you always get into? The one where you try to explain to someone that video games are just as valid and valuable an art form as film is. There's always that one person who hasn't played a video game since Frogger and they continue to insist that games are just kid stuff. Well, show them Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice. Ninja Theory developed one heck of a game and there is a reason that it garnered a veritable boatload of nominations at the 2017 Game Awards.
After the success of Braid, Jonathon Blow went on to develop The Witness, an outstanding puzzle game that will make you feel smart for completing the simplest of tasks. Set on an island, you'll explore several distinct regions and solve over 500 puzzles. If you really want a game to test your intellect rather than your reflexes, you can't do much better than The Witness.
The developers behind Amnesia may specialize in survival horror, but the studio showed its versatility with SOMA. Yes, it's still a survival horror, but it focuses heavily on a narrative that explores themes like artificial intelligence and consciousness. What it means to be alive. In the underwater facility of Pathos-II, you'll uncover dark secrets about yourself and its inhabitants. Aren't into survival horrors? Well you can take the "survivor" out of the equation by playing it in its Safe Mode. Be warned, it's still plenty scary.
If you thought Playdead created an immaculate puzzle-platformer in Limbo, you'll be amazed at what they pulled off in INSIDE. One of the most polished games to ever release, INSIDE's puzzles are as diabolical as they are clever. And for a game without any dialogue, you'll be treated to such a thought-provoking story that people still discuss it to this day.
Don't overlook Firewatch just because some people refer to it as a "walking simulator." Set in Shoshone National Forest after the Yellowstone fires of 1988, your character begins to witness strange events happening during his time as a fire lookout. While exploring the beautiful environment (which was designed with the help of artist Olly Moss), you'll form a strong bond with a woman named Delilah as you attempt to solve the mysteries around you.
Stunning and gorgeous are completely apt adjectives to use when discussing Rime. Developed by Tequilla works, it's a third person puzzle adventure game wherein you control a boy who has been stranded on a deserted island. Imagine the spirit of games like Ico and Myst and you will have a decent idea of what's in store for you. If you like just a tinge of sadness with your visually masterful games, then you should certainly give Rime a second look. You can experience it yourself for $30.
If you were a fan of the Harvest Moon games and you haven't played Stardew Valley, then drop everything and buy this game right away. Developed with palpable care by a single person, Stardew Valley is certainly a perfect spiritual successor to the Harvest Moon games. One would think that a farming sim shouldn't be this much fun but it most decidedly is. If you're looking for an insanely fun and charming time sink, then Stardew Valley is a no-brainer. You can pick it up on Amazon for $15.
Celeste came to the PlayStation 4 in the very beginning of 2018 and boy is it ever good. It will take a place amongst similarly difficult titles as Meatboy and Hotline Miami. However, it also just so happens to be beautiful and thoughtful as well. If you're looking to make a list of the best platforming experiences of the past decade, then you should certainly put Celeste in the running. It's hard to believe that a game this good is only $20 dollars, but it is. And it's well worth your money and time.
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Update, August 2018: We've updated this article to include more great indie titles for your PS4 like Undertale, The Witness, SOMA, INSIDE, and Firewatch!