In our day to day lives we long and crave for stability, but in our fantasy lives we want almost nothing but drama and excitement and horror. We’re weird like that. Some of the more popular games such as The Last of Us, the Half-Life series, Fallout and Gears of War transport us head on into this sensation with post-apocalyptic scenarios where we can explore the breakdown of all we know and love first hand from the safety and comfort of our favorite couch. While these games provide chills and thrills and especially in the case of The Last of Us, an amazing and engaging story, there are some other lesser known games out there on the fringes that are innovating and pushing the boundaries of the gaming experience like only indie games really can.
From the makers of Limbo, Inside embodies that haunting stark quality possessed by its predecessor and combines design elements that remind us a little bit of the Ico. If this trailer doesn’t get your “I’m totally creeped out” heart thumping we don’t know what will. Inside does what a lot of great stories and games do, by telling a story through images to evoke feelings rather than with words. With a release at some point in 2015, Inside will debut on the Xbox One.
An upcoming game from a recently funded indiegogo campaign, Icy explores the stark base aspect of survival coupled with how that intersects with interpersonal relationships. At the dawn of a new Ice Age, your character explores a world that finds you constantly working to meet your survival needs on a daily basis while exploring and encountering new groups of people and situations in a multi-layered interactive set-up.
Survival: Postapocalypse Now
As far as first-person shooters go, most of them live firmly in the war genre. Survival takes that familiar game style and places it in the end of days, as you take a more, ahem, proactive stance in making it through the Siberian forests. An open world with 3D graphics, Survival is a more grounded take a bit like Fallout, but with a lot fewer mutants.
These days, the term “post-apocalyptic” is almost synonymous with the undead so we’d be remiss to not include the “cult horror shooter series” that finds an undead Hitler and his decomposing army attempting to make one last charge. Unbridled fun and as far out there as it gets, you’ll lose hours falling into the remastered editions of this classic, set to appear on the PS4, Xbox One, and on PC.
Oh boy. It doesn’t get more “indie” than this one. Described as a “quirky side-scrolling RPG” Lisa taps fully into our love of the old school 8 and 16 bit era while bringing us an offbeat story at the end of time. Character choices help to forge just what kind of person you are and those choices determine the game play moving forward. The bright colors and odd character designs makes Lisa a must play for everybody.
What are some of your favorite Indie, end of days games? Let us know in the comments!