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In my opinion PlayStation is improving their PSX every year in terms of showcasing fresh software for their consoles. Not just first and third party studios debut or update info on upcoming releases, but also indies get a lot of attention. This popularity can be mainly attributed to the gamers love for the weird, captivating and original stories. But also the quality of the indies has made a huge leap the last few years. 2017 will feature a lot of fresh ip’s from renowned studios from across the globe. Let’s take a look at some of them.

Pyre

The first one of the PSX Indies I want to talk about is one of the studio that brought you Transistor and Bastion; Supergiantgames. In Pyre, you lead a band of exiles through an ancient competition spread across a vast, mystical purgatory. At the beginning of the game, your luck has almost run out when several masked wanderers find you and revive you from the brink. With your help, they seek to learn the truth about the Rites, a secretive competition through which the worthiest exiles can return home, absolved of their transgressions.

As you journey across the Downside in the wanderers’ custom blackwagon, you’ll meet a variety of characters of all shapes and sizes, and learn what’s in store for each of them should they prevail in the Rites. Your actions will determine who returns to glory, and who remains in exile to the end of their days.

The visual style, the mystery and magic which Supergiantgames put in their titles has always attracted me. So does this new story, but we have to wait a little longer. Keep an eye out for more info on the game here at GameGeekz, or visit http://www.supergiantgames.com/games/pyre/

Yonder

Yonder is a two-dimensional cooperative adventure game with emphasis on traversal, discovery and companionship. Explore, solve puzzles and unravel a mystery together. You can decide to play Yonder by yourself or cooperatively. The adventure will revolve around interactions between the characters of the game and their surroundings.

Venturous are new to the PS4 indies world and are creating a lovely game which I cannot wait to try.  The game has a beautiful, natural look and feel to it. And the characters and story seem so cute that I need to play it. Yonder is set for release in 2017 on Steam and PS4. Check back at GameGeekz for more info on the game at the beginning of 2017. http://yondergame.com/

Nex Machina

From the collaboration between Housemarque (the studio behind indies such as Resogun, Alienation, Matterfall), and Robotron and Smash TV legendary creator Eugene Jarvis comes Nex Machina. An explosive arcade experience created with competition in mind. Humans have become so dependent on technology that they cannot avert their eyes from portable devices anymore. Around them, machines have reached consciousness and surpassed human intelligence tenfolds. No reasons to be servants now – robots are clearly the superior life form. And to make their point, they start eradicating all human life…

Can you survive the mechanical onslaught of hundreds of evil robots trying to obliterate any threat? Can you stop them from harvesting oblivious humans? In the vein of cult classics such Resogun and Robotron, Nex Machina is the ultimate top-down voxel shooter where everything can be blown up to pieces. Enter “the zone”, become one with the game and pull off the most incredible feats. Packed with opportunities to create your own playstyle, face tough challenges and engage in a ruthlessly competitive environment, Nex Machina is what arcade games deserve to be in the 21th century. http://www.housemarque.com/games/nexmachina/

Aaero

Speed through stunning, stylised environments tracing ribbons of light, releasing the energy in the music. Battle strange enemies and fight epic boss battles all driven by an incredible licensed soundtrack. Coming to Xbox One, PS4 and Steam: Q1 2017.

Aaero combines high-velocity, arcade-style action with dynamic visuals. Encounter strange enemies and fight epic boss battles. All driven by an incredible licensed soundtrack from Noisia, Flux Pavilion, Katy B, The Prototypes, Neosignal and many more. Music and rhythm games are short on hand and especially ones which feature dubstep and have these gorgeous visuals. Check for more info http://www.madfellowsgames.com/

Vane

Vane is an atmospheric adventure about unraveling the secrets of an unknown land, finding your place in it, and pulling at the threads of the world to make a change. The shifting sands glimmer with meaning, ancient ruins resonate with power, but in the distance a billowing threat looms. Find your way.

The gameplay let’s you discover the path in the vast open world and changing environments. The story is nog about a specific character but about the world and it’s secrets you need to unravel. The studio of 8 hard working developers are polishing this game for a 2017 release on PS4 and Steam. I’m not yet convinced I’ll like the game so we’ll brign you all info from http://www.friendandfoegames.com/vane/

Absolver

Absolver puts players behind the mask of a Prospect, who has taken a sacred vow and chosen to join the Absolvers, an elite corps of combatants fighting to maintain stability in the world.

Monitored by the Guides, the new rulers of the fallen Adal Empire, players will wander these forsaken lands and encounter other Prospects online in order to learn their place in this world and eventually become Absolvers.

Along the way, they will learn new combat styles and attacks, and acquire better weapons, powers and armor. Battles between warriors are an intense real-time flow of attacks, dodges, feints and counters. And with all aspects of gameplay customizable, including combat styles, weapons and even individual attack sequences in the player’s Combat Deck.

Build a team of warriors to fight side by side with you in the dungeon mines of Adal (PvE) or put your skill on display in dedicated combat arenas (PvP) scattered across the land.
This fresh take on the combat genre, accompanied by the visual style make me want to know more. Maybe we’ll get our hands on some play time soon, and also see http://absolver.com/index.html for the latest info.

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Jorge Wolters Gregório

Gamer dad who loves the classics, indies, racers and the occasional shooter. Have been in the industry for well over a decade and am as enthusiastic as ever! #4theplayers