My Favourite Modern Indie Games

Indie games are becming more and more popular. The vast world of 3D games are sometimes overwhelming. A 2D or a simpler game is always a good break. Other people however have their focus only on these genre. Who is to blame then when there are some really good games within this genre that can make look small a lot of 3D blockbuster games. Either you like it or not here are some of the best modern indie games that you need to play today.

Rime

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If yu are looking for an epic and simple game, you need to check out Rime. Rime is a wonderful looking game that reminds me of some of the best games such as Zelda. The game concept is not new. The puzzles are not the greatest, but the visuals and the gameplay really pay off and it really adds up nicely to the overall feeling and experience. I also put a lot of weight on music when it comes to indie games. Music can change a whole lot and it does the job wonderfully in Rime. If you haven’t played it already, check it out. You will enjoy every second of it.

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Cuphead

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If you are an old timer, Cuphead is one game you definitely need to play. The concept is so great that it still amazes me how come no one come with this idea earlier. It fells so good and fits very well in the modern gaming world. In cuphead you play in a world drawn in old style Disney specific visuals which are stunning looking. It is surprisingly how well the visuals work for a video game. The story and gameplay is rather simple, but the visuals and the overall experience worth every penny. Definitely an indie game to try if you haven’t already done so.

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DESYNC

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Desync is not for everyone. I personally like more colored and childish concept when it comes to the indie games. Desync is a good play nonetheless. You can have a great time regardless of your tastes in games. If you happen to be a shooter fan, you may like this game a lot. The complexity of this FPS game spawns from its simplicity. You creatively make use of the combos and sequences for higher rewarding. The visuals are pretty unique and have the potential to throw you away from the real world.

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Hollow Knight

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I am not very fond of games that test your patience and your gaming skills. Despite that I still choose Hollow Knight for my favorite indie games list. The overall gameplay and style make up for some of the most brutal, but beautiful visuals ever seen in a 2D game. Big explosions, epic destructions and some of the hardest bosses. It is how a 2D game should be. Great cast, great music and some of the most wonderful hand-drawn art seen in any indie game. However, they could have made the bosses easier to defeat but I guess this is what makes the game more playable and more memorable.

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Little Nightmares

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It’s hard not to like this little gem. Everything Little Nightmares has to offer is put together to make you feel what your character feels. You long for him and you push the buttons out of instinct rather than out of pleasure. As the name suggest this is a horror 2D indie game with one of the most compelling characters, visuals and sound design. The game is meant to feel you lonely and scared. Helpless and on the verge of being defeated. It is remarkable how well it manages to deliver these dark emotions through a little girl on the screen being chased by big ugly dark monsters. Definitely one game that worth a try if you are a true fan of the indie genre.

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7 Best Games of the 90’s

The 90’s could easily be called the Golden Age of video gaming and choosing the top 7 games from all the fantastic productions was no easy task. The following list may fall short, but everyone will agree the following games have the true flavor of 90’s gaming and a must have item for all gamers at heart.

  1. Super Metroid (1994) – Super Nintendo

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With all the elements that made “Metroid” the smashing success it was, Super Metroid was the much anticipated second installment of the series and released in 1994. The action is set on a distant Planet (Zebes) where Samus must rescue the infant Metroid from the clutches of Ridley. You will a find of the old enemies encountered in the first game and a streamlined gameplay that has hardcore gamers coming back for more almost two decades later. This is a game that has never failed to disappoint.

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  1. Goldeneye (1997) – Nintendo 64

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Doom was by far the greatest trendsetter of the 90’s first-person shooters, but it was Goldeneye that took the elements and presented them which such poise and perfection that they can hardly be placed in the same category. Goldeneye follows the adventures of James Bond, the MI6 agent who uses stealth and destruction to save Queen and country. While the campaign was rewarding and entertaining, there was another primary attraction to this game. Perhaps the most popular attractions about this game were the multiplayer deathmatches that kept the entire gang on the sofa despite the rantings of grownups. This was the first first-person shooter that was believed to be a game of its own, as opposed to simply another version of Doom.

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  1. Donkey Kong Country (1994) – Super Nintendo

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By the time 1994 arrived, the old 16 bit Nintendo Entertainment System was beginning to go the way of the Atari and Genesis. Nevertheless, this didn’t stop the Rareware developers in the UK from unleashing Donkey Kong Country with eye popping Silicon Computer Graphics on the stalwart system. Nintendo had brought back our beloved ape and the entire system saw a new breath of life. DKC was the unparalleled star of Xmas 1994 when all kids were hanging with Donkey and Diddy while chasing King K. Roll, the villain who had sequestered the banana horde. This game was not only an attractive game to play, but it was also highly addictive and the next levels, bosses and challenges were riveting. Just play a level or two and watch as the minutes turn to hours.

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  1. Doom (1993) – PC

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Affectionately known as the “Grandpappy” of the Halo series and every other FPS ever to come out on the market, Doom was the the first game to introduce the specific gaming perspective. This game was initially released in 1993 as a shareware game, but the audiences everywhere went wild and the LAN matches did much to fuel the Doom fever. This game is probably to blame for more lost productivity than energy failures. The storyline is grim as well, the main character, popularly referred to as “Doomguy” arrives on Phobos, one of Mars Moons, to respond to a distress signal. Soon he finds himself cleaning up after an experiment that opened the gates to hell. Armed with a pistol the battles begin. This game also introduced gamers to a slew of customizable options from buildable levels to the soundtrack of your choice. With a gruesome setting and gore that perfectly depicted the current international scene this game is an iconic symbol of the early 90’s.

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  1. Resident Evil 2 (1997) – PlayStation

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While the original was groundbreaking, Resident Evil 2 took all the concepts introduced in the first release and outdid itself in every way. There were more locations to find, objects to interact with and even more enemies — the licker has now been a major character in games and motion pictures. Bosses were also considerably more complex and the sizable game was played from two discs. Then after you finished the entire game, you could continue playing. RE 2 became an instant classic and arguably contains the greatest scare factor of any resident evil to date. This game is only for the 17 and older gaming community, but if you haven’t played this masterpiece, you should.

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  1. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (1992) – Sega Genesis

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The original Sonic was released in 1991, this game introduced a speed and concept to the platform game that had not been seen yet. With ramps, speed and attitude this game got better with the introduction of “Tails” the side kick. This game is largely considered the defining moment for the Sega Genesis system. The gameplay was fast paced and featured a Jump n smash interface with the characters environment. The relentless hero of the game is a sentient hedgehog with ultra speed and a strong responsibility to stop his nemesis the evil Dr. Robotnik from taking over the world. The games travels through a wide variety of biomes, levels and different objects to interact with. With twists and turns it’s best to play on a full stomach. This was the best-selling production from the Sega company and must play game for all true gamers.

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  1. A Legend of Zelda (1993) – Game Boy

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Link’s Awakening had a fore runner, A Link to the Past, this was released on a monochrome gaming station and no one was sure what to expect from this latest installment. But, the fears were unsubstantiated, and Link’s Awakening blew everyone’s expectations away. Far away from Hyrule Field, this game takes place on Koholint Island. Link’s mission here is to awake the dormant Windfish and return to his home. Thanks to a captivating story and fascinating imaginative gameplay this was to become an instant classic. Soon after the release, Nintendo added color to the game in time for the release of the Game Boy Color.

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What do you think about this list? Do you agree with it? What other games would you add to thsi list? This is not an entirely subjective list anyway so I expect you to have you own best games of the 90’s as well. I did research and I picked top games that I have also played during this time period. Please leave your thoughts here on this post.

 

Top Overrated Video Games of All Time

Kingdom hearts

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Spin-offs are good in some instances. If you take the story of x-men spinoff of the most beloved characters, it works. But starting with the ps2 console, kingdom hearts become a mess. It was a good RPG game until it was not anymore. This was ruined by so many alternative stories which were released on many consoles including handhelds that no one can follow a straight line from start to end.

The gaming concept itself is a great merging between final fantasy and Disney characters was a lot of fun. Many gamers were enjoying the game be it Disney fans or off fans. They should have stayed to the basic formula from the earliest installments. Square Enix messed up this one franchise and hopefully it will be the only one.

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Tetris

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I love and respect Tetris but you cannot make any great game from the Tetris concept if you want to. Other games such as Prince of Persia became a timeless classic because we have many other stories not just in games, but also in films even to this day after 20+ years since it was released in the late 80’s. But you cannot add anything more to Tetris. It is a great game for its time and it had its influence on the gaming world, but I believe it gets too much praise today. People like to venerate everything they can put their hands on. That is what I can make out of this.

Don’t get me wrong Tetris is a fun experience, I still play it even today if I have the chance. But it has its own spot. And its spot is lower than what most people allocate to it. At least this is my opinion.

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Metal gear Solid 4: Guns of The Patriots

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The first MGS is one of the first games that I really played on the PS1. At first, I had no idea what this game is about. Not being a native English speaker, I could barely understand anything from the start. But then I got the taste of it and it was enough. However, as the story progresses through later sequels it’s hard to keep up with the story. I can almost imagine with mercifulness first time players playing MGS 3 on the Play Station 3. Too many characters. Too many friends and foes and which one is what and which one is not.

Even I who had a bit of sense about previous stories could barely follow the story on the Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake release. I wish they would have payed more attention to the newcomers. There are a lot of fans of MGS out there, but they would definitely get more praise if they would write the stories in such way to be comprehendible for new MGS players. What do you think?

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Farmville

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I don’t even know if this can be called an actual game. Should Farmville make it to this list? All I know os that this game made billions of dollars using the most simplistic idea. Bad graphics, lack of dynamics, unrewarding and definitely not ‘Free to Play’. This is how I characterize this game. It doesn’t even deserve much characterization because so many people wasting valuable time on such a wasteful game. You might be the die-hard fan that constantly checks to water your crops, tender your animals, etc. I never liked these types of rip-offs from game such as Harvest Moon or Animal Crossing which do not even come close to the actual original. Farmville is one of my most overrated games because everyone and their mother and grandfathers are wasting their time daily on games like this. But that is just me. I hope I didn’t hurt anyone’s feelings. Or did I?

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GTA IV

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This game made it to the list not because I’m not a fan of the open world games. it is because everyone thought even before it was released that it is going to be the greatest game of all time. A great game does not require only great visuals and graphics. It also needs a story and believable and entertaining missions and struggles. GTA IV should have already been masters in telling good stories by this point. But they seem to get worse upon this aspect. It is a great issue of our era. People either don’t have stories anymore or they don’t know how to tell them.

Nonetheless, it was a fun experience playing with Niko at first, but the missions and the concept of starting the mission all over again is not its strong points. And if you do not have a good story and a good believable hero with human-like reactions and complexities than you do not have a compelling game. GTA IV made it to this list for good reason. It looked better on paper and in trailers compared to the finished product. Hopefully Rockstar change their ‘game’ soon. This can’t go on like this.

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