Hello everyone, how was your 2021? For me, 2021 has given me the opportunity to play more games than in previous years, as access to the PlayStation 5 has not only taken away most of the waiting time to access the games I want to play, but also their loading times thanks to the console’s incredibly fast SSD.
Throughout the year, we’ve seen a lot of amazing, charming, beautiful, and totally engaging indie games on PS4, PS VR, and PS5. Here are 12 of my personal favorites.
Ender Lilies: Quietus of the Knights
This stunning and oppressive Japanese exploratory platformer has an interesting take on combat: discover downcast knights and cleanse their souls to fight for you, while defeating certain enemies lets you adopt their abilities for your sake. own use.
Chicory: a colorful tale
At first glance, Chicory may seem like an interactive coloring book, but at its heart lies an engrossing adventure. The themes of the story – self-doubt, redemption – are universally relatable.
Doki Doki Plus Literature Club!
Of all the games I’ve played this year, this one left the biggest mark. It’s also the only game I can’t reveal much about without spoiling some of the huge twists and turns that lie ahead. I’ll just say this: don’t be fooled by its dating sim-like appearance.
This photogrammetry-based puzzle challenges you to recreate various real-world locations by collecting – and assembling – their fragmented parts like a VR puzzle.
FIST: Torch Forged in the Shadows
A game starring a heroic bunny with a huge mechanical fist strapped to its back has to offer satisfying melee combat, and it holds. (And the Shanghai dieselpunk-inspired aesthetic is gorgeous.)
Everything about Supergiant Games’ roguelike is sublime: fierce combat, great game mechanics, captivating characters, amazing voiceovers… you just can’t stop playing. It’s a perfect game.
Kena: Bridge of Spirits
A third-person action-adventure game with beautiful character animations and gripping combat. You collect “Rot” – cute little creatures – to help you in combat and solve puzzles.
Song in the smoke
A PS VR game set in prehistoric times where staying alive depends on your ability to craft, hunt, and fight. Meet formidable creatures and soak up the sights of this atmospheric survival simulation.
Jett: the distant coast
The first 30 minutes of this game is the most cinematic opening of any game released this year and perfectly defines your role as the chosen one of your civilization who is tasked with surviving in a new colony.
The door of death
This isometric action adventure mixes varied combat scenarios with light puzzles for a gripping story set in the afterlife.
Glide through clouds and grind on rails in a sci-fi fantasy world. Between battling enemies and defeating Leviathan-sized bosses, exploration will produce collectibles and deepen the story of this world’s past.
One of the funniest multiplayer experiences I’ve had this year. Try to figure out who in the crew of your spaceship is helping prepare for the launch and who are impostors determined to kill you all.