Last night I returned home from PAX AUS 2014. Long story short, it wasn't perfect, but it was quite possibly the best weekend I've had this year. It was a lot of fun. If you'd like to continue reading, the long story is just below.
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PC Gamers are on the bleeding edge of games, especially indies. It can be hard to keep up if you're not totally plugged and watching for new and interesting games. Thankfully, you have communities like the one here at GameRevolution who are always ready to suggest another piece of new software.
This dark retail simulator for windows showcasing street vendors each with goals and different stats and requirements. The game is free but there’s also a “Everything” edition that comes with the soundtrack, a bonus game, and another unique character.
PC gamers with a penchant for indie games may have already spotted Gone Home on their own hipster-cool radar widget. Many others probably missed it. Gone Home went on sale during Steam’s holiday price-slashing spree, but it’ll probably be back at a weekly deal rate. Either way, being relatively short and narratively heavy, Gone Home is good for a Sunday play and definitely worth the price even considering how much movie tickets cost these days.
This is another puzzle platformer and an indie title to boot, but from Tom Francis, Gunpoint features a totally unique take on the spy game. Players have to help Richard Conway infiltrate and subdue, using gadgets, tools, and more.
[Review Soon?] - Released August 8th, 2013
Papers, Please was recently a heavy favorite in our Tell GR survey. When asked for their favorite indie games of 2013, several revolutionaries answered with references to Papers, Please.
This new license from Dontnod Entertainment and Capcom features a lot of hand-to-hand combat, a beautiful vision of france in the future, and a narratively fuzzy storyline. You’ll have to help the heroine piece things back together after a daring escape from what appears to be a mental institution. You’ll have to remember what comes next.
While Rogue Legacy might prove too hard for the uninitiated, there’s no dying the immediately addicting nature in the gameplay. You might die extremely quickly over and over again or get frustrated, but as you learn the ins and outs you’ll start to enjoy the overarching progression.
Born Ready Games took an eye to space mech combat and Strike Suit Zero is the frenetic offspring firing a million lasers at once and destroying everything in sight. The game has been featured numerous times on sale via Steam, so keep a look out next time you launch a game.
Fans of PayDay 2 or other cooperative and competitive first-person shooters will find a lot to love about Tactical Intervention. First, it’s free to play. Second, there’s a lot more freedom than Counter-Strike, and narrative sequences help set up and conclude competitive match-ups and more. Give it a download to see what you missed in 2013.
The Stanley Parable won our award for Best PC Exclusive and Paul Tamburro had high praise for the title in his review. The way the Narrator unsettles your mind and pushes you to think beyond the game you’re playing, outside yourself and others.
This indie game from Finland established a cult following this year and features unique visuals and puzzle-platform gameplay. Like Guacamelee for PlayStation Vita, Metroid-vania elements tease the player deeper into the story and mechanics. I like the haunting atmosphere of the abandoned Theseus space station.