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Indie at E3: Sony welcomes devs with open arms (Part 2)

Zebulon Rogers

 

In our previous article on indie games at E3, we covered four amazing titles that will be eschewing the trappings of Microsoft’s millstone console for the glitz and dev-friendly offerings of the PS4. Let’s take a look at four titles presented at Sony’s E3 press conference that’ll be sure to please fans of many gaming eras:

Secret Ponchos

The moment you hear the spaghetti western soundtrack to this one, you know you’re in for something special. Debuting exclusively on the PS4 in 2014, Secret Ponchos from Switchblade Monkeys puts you in the role of an outlaw gunfighter in the cutthroat town of Lonetree against others of similar ilk. An online combat game, Secret Ponchos sports five characters to choose from (looking like a sixth to be added soon), each with different stats that affect their play style. With a fun visual style, amazing soundtrack, and intriguing characters that hearken to the quirky uniqueness brought to us in Team Fortress 2, Secret Ponchos has the goods to be a surefire hit early next year.

Galak-Z: The Dimensional

Galak-Z: The Dimensional is a side-scrolling open-world space shooter from 17-Bit Games, makers of this year’s Skulls of the Shogun. Highly reminiscent of old school classics Asteroids (Atari, 1979) and Sub-Terrania (Sega, 1993), it features tight controls and fast-paced action in tight caverns with lots of enemy fire swarming the player ship. Look for Galak-Z this fall.

Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty

Anyone who doesn’t remember Oddworld: Abe’s Oddyssey was born a generation too late. A groundbreaking 2.5d game released to Windows in 1997, Oddworld Inhabitants is now set to release a high-definition remake of the titular series titled New ‘n’ Tasty. Although not a sequel, this remix of the action/puzzle classic features all-new graphics, remastered soundtrack, and other special goodies, Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty will be served up this Christmas on a range of platforms. Just not the Xbox One…

Outlast

Taking place in the Colorado Rockies, you take on the role of a journalist infiltrating an infamous and long-abandoned asylum (now re-opened by a multinational corporation), in which you stumble upon an indescribable terror in which the only escape is to journey deeper within. Red Barrels’ survival horror game is one of the most atmospheric games we’ve ever witnessed and one that, if effective, will usher in a new survival horror classic that is sure to keep us coming back for more scares and near-death experiences. Outlast is scheduled to be released later this year.