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E3 2014: Indie Games You Should Not Ignore

We saw a lot of awesome games at E3 this week. While there are plenty of blockbusters to look forward to, next gen indie games stole the spotlight. Here are just a few of the ones that caught our eye.

Entwined

Entwined is a beautiful game about a bird and a fish that are in love but can’t be together. Learn to guide these two souls simultaneously then unite and transform them into a magnificent Dragon. Over the course of nine unique lifetimes can you become Entwined forever? – PSN

This game is, right now, sitting in my queue and waiting to be played. It looks amazing just by watching the trailers. The one drawback I can already see is that you’ll have to control both characters with their own respective controls on the DualShock. It’s kind of like with Brothers, but you have to fly your characters through a set path. Prepare to have your hand-eye coordination tested.

Ori and the Blind Forest

Ori is a bit of a coming-of-age story. The player is put into the role of a forest spirit, who – over the course of his journey – has to find out more about his role within the world he’s living in. – Moon Studios

Prepare yourself. The feels are coming.

No Man’s Sky

No Man’s Sky is a game about exploration and survival in an infinite procedurally generated universe. Whether a distant mountain or a planet hanging low on the horizon, you can go there. You can fly seamlessly from the surface of a planet to another, and every star in the sky is a sun that you can visit. Where you’ll go and how fast you’ll make your way through this universe is up to you. It’s yours for the taking. – Hello Games

This game just looks absolutely amazing. We’re just curious exactly how open this indie game will be. Not only will you get to explore a neon-colored planet with space dinosaurs, but space and other planets as well? One may be a little intimidated by the potential hugeness alone, but, y’know what? They kind of already sold a lot of us after their E3 presentation. It’s impossible to ignore.

Abzû

ABZÛ will take players on an epic adventure into the depths of the ocean, where they will encounter majestic creatures and discover long lost secrets. The game draws inspiration from a deep, innate story that we all carry in our collective subconscious, a universal origin myth that resonates across cultures. As such, the name ABZÛ references a concept from the oldest Mesopotamian mythology: it is the combination of two ancient words Ab, meaning ocean, and Zû, meaning to know. Essentially, ABZÛ is the ocean of wisdom. – Playstation Blog

Former Journey art director, Matt Nava, struck out on his own and formed his own game studio called Giant Squid and premiered their first game, ABZÛ, which promises just as artful of an experience as Journey.

Valiant Hearts

This is the story of crossed destinies and a broken love in a world torn apart. All of them will try to survive the horror of the trenches following their faithful canine companion. In Valiant Hearts: The Great War, the lives of all these characters are inextricably drawn together over the course of the game. Friendship, love, sacrifice, and tragedy befall each one as they help each other to retain their humanity against the horrors of war. – Ubisoft

Ubi Art might actually be on to something with these types of games. Child of Light was an emotional fairy tale painted in watercolor. With Valiant Hearts, Ubi Art plans to tug at our heart strings again by following the stories of fallen WWI soldiers. And somewhere in the mix, there’s a little dog. You know you’re in trouble when there’s a dog being in the story. We have our tissues standing by.

Inside

Inside is another game from Limbo creator, Playdead Studios. Not much is known about the game story wise, though we can assume this is a more expansive, slightly more colorful version of Limbo. We’re already eager to learn what the story is with this seemingly dystopian (and possibly 1984-esque) world.

Cuphead

Cuphead is a classic run and gun that centers around 1-on-1 fights (2-on-1 in two player mode). – StudioMDHR

It seems we’re entering into a new age for 2D animation style video games thanks to games like Ubi Art’s Child of Light and Double Fine’s Broken Age. Cuphead looks like it came straight from Fleischer cartoon, giving that weirdly jovial yet sinister feel. We’ll be keeping an eye out for this one.

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Christina Janke

Christina Janke

Host of "Intro to Geek" on Shauncastic.com. Her love of all things Mass Effect knows no bounds. She also carries an obsession with comic books, video games, and quirky television shows. Her heroes are Tina Fey, Mindy Kaling, and Gail Simone, and hopes to be just like them when she grows up.

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