2018 has ended and now we’re one month into 2019. It’s still too soon to look at what the new year has to offer, but why don’t we look back and see what great games came out during the previous one.
Good graphics don’t equal a good game and the opposite is true as well. DUSK might look like something that came out during 90s, but that’s the point. It’s as if DOOM came out in 2018, but decided to stick to an old visual style and replaced demons with cultists. There you have it, that’s DUSK. It’s a blood filled adventure with a ton of guns, exploding bits, gore and an awesome soundtrack. What’s not to like?
4.Into the Breach
Into the Breach is a turn-based strategy game developed by Subset Games. You might remember them as the guys behind FTL: Faster Than Light, another great indie title. This latest title of theirs offers just as much, if not more, fun to be had.
In Into the Breach you control squads of three mech and deploy them to fight against giant alien monsters. Each one of the mech has a different role, normally it’s either melee, range or support. As you progress there will be new squads to choose from, but also new enemies and areas to fight in. You get to upgrade your weapons and get new pilots after successful missions. It’s a really solid strategy game, which you should definitely try out if you are a fan of the genre.
Subnautica has been around for quite some time, but 2018 it came to its official release. It’s a survival adventure game where you take the role of the only survivor of a spaceship after it crashed. You find yourself stranded on an alien world covered almost entirely by water. However, you are not alone on this aquatic planet. It’s filled with many different creatures, some of which you can use or eat, while others will eat you. You have to collect resources and advance towards your goal of leaving the planet. Overall, Subnautica is a early access game done right. Take notes indie developers.
Here’s a game from the same people that made TowerFall, a very enjoyable 2D pixelated game of which the most vivid memory I have is yelling at my friend “That’s not me, that’s an enemy with a bow”. So what memories did Celeste leave me with. A combination of frustration and joy, but mostly joy, despite dying a million times. It’s a 2D platformer and despite being hard, it is fair. The visuals are simplistic, but beautiful, and the characters are great and likable, which is very important for a narrative driven story. It’s a great game worth checking out.
1.Return of the Obra Dinn
Return of the Obra Dinn is a detective mystery set on board of a ship that has recently returned to port. Upon its arrival it was discovered that something wasn’t right, all of the crew were missing. You have been employed to find out what has happened to those that were onboard. To aid you in this task you have a magic pocket watch that has the ability to show you person’s last living moments through his corps. Everything beyond this goes into spoiler territory, but trust me, the game is great. The puzzle actually requires some thinking, having to pay attention to, what may seem at first, minor details. The game also has a unique visual look and great sound design. It certainly is one of the best indie games of 2018.