Indie vs. AAA Games
The video game industry has grown rapidly over the past decade. The production costs for AAA games are unimaginably high nowadays. Typically, game companies will spend millions of dollars just to make a single game, and the high cost of creating AAA games ultimately impacts the gamers who purchase and play the games.
However, there are also indie game developers who make games at a low cost, with cool graphics and amazing storylines. These developers show us that a lack of money is not a hindrance to making a good game that people will love. You just need passion, creativity, and an interesting idea (and just a little bit of money).
Indie games have been getting more popular over the past few years because many of them have unique game concepts and a variety of dynamic art styles, and they can be more affordable for gamers on a tight budget. If you want to try something new, jump into the indie games market. There are tons of options available.
5 of the Best Indie Games of All Time
These popular indie titles are available now and are definitely worth trying:
- Rocket League
- Ori and the Blind Forest
- Don't Starve
Let's discuss these great games in detail. Be sure to read to the end, where I include some honorable mentions.
Limbo is a 2D puzzle/adventure game developed by Playdead studio. It was released in 2010 on PS3, Xbox, and PC platforms. Later, it was released for PS4, Xbox One, Android, and iOS devices. In Limbo you will play as a boy looking for his missing sister. The game graphics are rendered in various shades of black and white with some additional grainy film effects. The soundtrack is minimalistic, simple, and it conveys an eerie feeling while you're playing the game.
It's one of the best puzzle games available and it includes traps, electromagnets, cutters, glowing zombie worms, and spiders. The characters' deaths are gruesome and gory to watch. Limbo's art style conveys an air of serenity, but players will quickly sense impending chaos as they progress through the game. The game's controls are easy to handle. The simple control system will make it easy for players to complete the game's objective.
Transistor is a science fiction role-playing game (RPG) that was developed by Supergiant Games. The game was released in 2014 for PC and PS4. It's a single-player, turn-based RPG with an isometric point of view. Transistor's world is very beautiful due to its rich colors and and well-crafted visuals. You will play as the character Red, who gets her voice stolen by some bad guys. The game gets its name from the sword you'll wield as Red. Spoiler alert: the Sword can talk. This title also features different varieties of enemy AI and all of them will give you one hell of a fight.
Transistor received positive reviews from critics and was praised by many gamers. The background soundtrack was composed by Darren Korb. The music was superb and mesmerizing, and the soundtrack sold over 48,000 copies during the first ten days of its release. If you love Transistor, you should try to play Bastion, because it was also developed by Supergiant Games.
3. Rocket League
Rocket League is an innovative sports game. Its premise is that players will participate in a simple soccer game, but with cars! That's right, the game is about cars playing soccer! Can you believe that? The game developer, Psyonix, made this incredible idea into a reality. The game was released in 2015 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Linux versions of the game were released later.
Rocket League has both single-player and multi-player modes available. The game also has an active online player base. Rocket League has won many awards and has been played at eSports events and competitions.
There are different types of arenas and venues available in the game. You can upgrade your boosters and customize your car in a variety of ways. You can also blast other cars and watch them explode in a puff of smoke. The controls are very easy to handle and unlike other soccer games, there are no complicated aspects of gameplay to learn. Rocket League is fun and challenging, and you should definitely try playing it.
4. Ori and the Blind Forest
Ori and the Blind Forest is an adventure game that was developed by Moon Studios. The game was released in 2015 for PC and Xbox One. The game has a 2D point of view and stunning graphics. Players will take on the role of Ori, a spirit animal. Ori and the Blind Forest is packed with puzzles and great visuals. The game's leveling system is cool and addictive, and the soundtrack is so amazing that it will give players goosebumps.
The level designs and art style show that the development team put a lot of effort into creating the game. Ori and the Blind Forest will leave you with a void in your soul that can only be filled by playing the game multiple times. At the 2017 Electronic Entertainment Expo, it was announced that Moon Studios was developing a sequel.
5. Don't Starve
Don't Starve is a survival adventure game by Klei Entertainment. It was released in 2013. Players will assume the role of a scientist named Wilson who wakes up in a scary world and has to survive as long as possible. Both single-player and multi-player modes are available for this game. The game's difficulty level is reasonable and the title's replayability value is good. Don't Starve's art style is cartoonish and unique, which adds a creepy vibe to the environment that Wilson must traverse.
The game has a number of DLC packs that include character upgrades and other cool details. The DLC packs are worth checking out if you really enjoy playing Don't Starve. This game is very challenging and it's the type of game that never gets old. You will have an entirely new experience every time you restart Don't Starve. Be prepared to die in ways that you can't imagine.
The game is available for all consoles, PC, Android, and iOS devices. Don't Starve will give you a survival experience worth remembering.
If you love the games mentioned above, try these games too:
- Binding of Isaac
- Child of Light
- Sunless Sea
- Stardew Valley
Don't Ignore the Indie Market
Playing these games will give you many memorable experiences. As I said, there are tons of indie games with low prices and heart-touching stories that are just waiting to be played. You can get them on Steam, GOG, and other gaming portals at affordable prices.
I recommended these games to my friends and they loved them very much. Most gamers only know about AAA games, and they don't know much about indie masterpieces like the aforementioned games. What do you think about indie games? Tell me in the comments section below.