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2 years ago#1
Just got a bunch of them on steam sales. Some of them have turned out quite disappointing, especially Brothers: A tale of Two Sons. Boring as hell and takes you to a few nice looking locations. I prefered Dear Esther to be quite honest. Also bought Gone Home, can't wait to play that. Rogue Legacy has been pretty addicting so far as is Don't Starve. I think I like these types of games that have a lot of replayability and exploration, would be nice to get recommendations towards these types of games.

The Stanley Parable I thought was going to be really boring but holy crap, its actually really awesome. Must be one of my favorites this year. Cannot believe how long I've played this game when you can't even do anything in it... Also reminds me of Dear Esther for obvious reasons but in a different league and isn't about showing atmospheric visuals like Esther and Brothers.

Guacamelee is kind of fun but I found it to be way too hyped. The controls aren't that tight and the gameplay is very basic. The visuals aren't that appealing to me either. Will see if I change my mind later since I am barely anywhere in the game. I played Dust: An Elysian Tale a long time ago and I thought that game was much better.

I'm still waiting for Papers, Please, 140 and The Swapper to get a bigger sale. Please let me know what you guys thought were the best indie-esque titles this year!
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2 years ago#2
Does starbound count? it has my vote. I love its potential and how they do more than terraria. Those guys seem passionate about their work and seem to listen to the community so it is great.

As for strategy, Dominions 4 would have my vote. As a sequel to Dominions 3 and the bang for your buck that it gives you? It sucks as it doesn't have any significant improvements. As a game? it is really great and the best in the series so far.
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2 years ago#3
Never heard of those two, will check them out. Starbound looks pretty interesting. I think it was on sale yesterday though....
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2 years ago#4
I think both Starbound and The Stanley Parable are excellent. Stanley Parable is one of the best I've played this year.
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2 years ago#5
Euro Truck Simulator 2
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2 years ago#6
Guns of Icarus was my personal fav.
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2 years ago#7
Strike Suit Zero
2 years ago#8
Outlast or Rogue Legacy for me.
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2 years ago#9
Hotline Miami, especially because it's one of those indie games that you can show to someone who DOESN'T get into the whole art as games thing, and they can still see it's pretty awesome.
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2 years ago#10
Spelunky HD, Rogue Legacy, SteamWorld Dig, Don't Starve, and Risk of Rain for me.

Honorary mentions for Mercenary Kings and Hammerwatch

This was definitely the year for the indie developers.
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