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'Of all the consoles, Sony are getting the most right' - The Swapper Dev praises PS4 indie support

Dealspwn reports: "Olli Harjola and Facepalm Games are bringing The Swapper to PS3, PS4 and Vita on August 5th as a cross-buy title, promising that the critically-acclaimed puzzler will "push the limits" on all platforms (meaning smooth 1080p 60FPS on the new-gen machine).

Though Curve Digital are handling the port, Harjola has spoken out to praise Sony's ongoing support of independent developers, while making it clear that there are still plenty of hoops to jump through in order to publish on PlayStation platforms."

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bggriffiths830d ago

Some of the indie stuff has been a bit pricey for me on PS4, but at least a lot of them have been freebies with PS+. That reminds me, I should check out Lone Survivor and give Mercenary Kings another go.

Blues Cowboy830d ago

Defo check out both of those, they're immense. Mercenary Kings can be a little grindy but fire up 2-4 player co-op and you're laughing!

rdgneoz3830d ago

Co-op is fun if you get friends or a few smart randoms. Else it can end quickly on the harder levels if they don't know what to do.

abzdiine830d ago

to me Transistor is more interesting than any FPS out there, and i'm weighing my words!

Rickgrimes95830d ago

I tried mercenary kings just not my type of game I guess. An spending 9$ on daylight was the biggest waste of money what a crap game

lelo830d ago (Edited 830d ago )

There are good indie games out there but I would never buy a console to play indies. I already have a PC for that, with a much wider collection of indies to choose from and are much cheaper then on consoles (unless it's free with XBLA Gold or PS+). I buy consoles essentially to play it's exclusives.

medman830d ago (Edited 830d ago )

I disagree with you lelo. I have a ps4 and buy all types of games, and among my most anticipated include No Man's Sky and Abzu, so if I didn't own a ps4, those would certainly tempt me to buy one. In addition, I'm interested in the xbone not for Sunset Overdrive or Halo 5, but rather Below and Ori and the Blind Forest, which look far more interesting and engaging than a shoot em up in my book.

shivvy24830d ago

I don't know why but I prefer steaming and playing the indie games on my vita, feels better. Am I the only one ?

ipach830d ago

transistor's use of the DS4 was magical. and not to mention that lovely plat(). I also managed to play a solid couple hours of that game on my vita via remote play from more than a thousand of miles away (was very surprised by the lack of latency).

PC is great, but if prices are the same (as they usually are for new titles) no reason not to enjoy some of these indies on a console (especially with the ease of sharing and broadcasting as well)

ipach830d ago

@shivvy24 remote play is great for so many of these indies. they look much better than direct ports would have and play just fine. i enjoy my PC, but I also was sorely disappointed when I went for my first platinum on Steam and was disappointed to see that there isn't such a thing... the game was bioshock infinite, and it even already had DLC achievements there (before they even released any), so I couldn't even enjoy the 100%

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mt830d ago

I wish they put up worms on PS+ for free. I always laugh at my buddies death or mistakes.

Anon1974830d ago

I remember loving Worms on my Amiga, probably back in about '95 or so. Worms 2 and Worms Armageddon used to get a lot of play on my PC, with me, my gf (now wife) and my one buddy crowding around the PC and shifting over to take our turn when the time came for our turn. With Worms World Party on my Dreamcast we were finally able to stop crowding around the PC's screen, but Worms 3d kinda lost us. Fun, but just not the same somehow.

Picked up Worms 2: Armageddon on my PS3 and for awhile we all got together and started playing again. That was a nostalgic trip. We even remembered all the names to each worm on our team and it was 10-15 years ago (can't believe I've been playing Worms for 20 years now).

I think it's awesome that indie games made for modest budgets are pushing the creative boundaries and going toe to toe with AAA games when it comes time for Game of the Year honors. That's one of the reasons I went with the PS4 this gen (I had all 3 consoles last gen). Sony just has spectacular indie support. And, as an indie developer myself, I can honestly say...Microsoft just doesn't have the level of communication as Sony at this point. Sony's been hands on with us since we applied to become Sony devs and one of our games has already received approval to be developed on the PS4.

By contrast, it's been months and numerous emails to Microsoft regarding [email protected] and MS hasn't returned one email I've sent yet. All applying for [email protected] seems to have done is gotten us onto their newsletter list when we're trying to ask them questions regarding the tools and support to see our games launched on the Xbox One. And we're certainly not the only devs out there who're left wondering if the [email protected] email is just a black hole with no one on the other end. It's very disappointing, but if MS can't bother to respond to developers then they won't support their platform. It's as simple as that.

Arkardo830d ago

Sony was doing right since the beginning with Ps4, ignore indies as games it's a problem, I can understand that graphics, storyline and movie - like experiences that AAA games provide are the most welcomed, I was one of those people, until I played gems like Journey, Hotline Miami, Guacamelee, etc.

In fact, I fell in love with indies, different experiences and unique stories, there's nothing wrong on giving more support for these amazing devs.

Blues Cowboy830d ago (Edited 830d ago )

Good attitude! AAA games are awesome, but for me they're like a big main course between loads of tasty appetisers, crazy Heston Blumenthal-style experiments and greasy-yet-satisfying fast food.

I'm hungry now. Hungry for indie games. Also Uncharted 4, but hey, plenty to snack on until then!

DigitalRaptor830d ago (Edited 830d ago )

Before this becomes an indie bashing hate-fest:

- The Swapper is a critically acclaimed game that cannot be downplayed.
- The developer is talking from experience.
- Sony had PS4 all right from the start and are reaping the benefits, so it's true.
- Indies deserve the right to sell their games on every gaming platform.

and Cross-buy is awesome.

Blues Cowboy830d ago (Edited 830d ago )

Cross-buy is immense. Curve Digital are really nailing that side of things (e.g. Stealth Inc, Proteus, Lone Survivor etc) - as a Vita owner I'm laughing especially since cross-saves are also supported as standard!

And yeah, totally agreed (and voted), I'm SICK of people bashing indie games. Talented people are working hard to give us lovely things to play. WHY DO IDIOTS COMPLAIN ABOUT THAT?! /rant

rdgneoz3830d ago

There are some amazing gems that cost under $15

jackanderson1985830d ago

because for all the amazing indies that are out there there is millions more that are crap and are causing the bad name associated to indies

Anon1974830d ago

Yeah, but you don't see them on the PS3/PS4, do you? Sony isn't simply letting indies run roughshod over the PSN marketplace and turning it into a cesspool of crap like Google Play or Apple Itunes or even Steam (to an extent). There's actual quality control going on there which is what sets Sony's indie offering apart. People who dismiss indies simply aren't paying attention.

AceBlazer13830d ago

Same can be said about AAA games, for every Uncharted/Halo/Zelda there are 10 G.I Joes. So that excuse is bullshit.

Venox2008830d ago (Edited 830d ago )

because they are idiots or ignorant :) ..I understand that different taste is different.. but some of them don't even try to play by themselves and just bash them.. I am still very happy that I tried to play Hotline Mayami, at first it didn't look too good for me, but when I tried by myself, I felt in love with that game, same goes to Cave Story

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pyramidshead830d ago

Cross buy IS awesome. Recently bought an OLED vita and its reaping those benefits.

Ausbo830d ago

No one is bashing Indies. If they are, they are stupid

Moe-Gunz830d ago

Sadly a lot of people here look at indies like they don't count. It's pathetic and sad. Some of these indies are more fun than full price retail games. Also they tend to do interesting things since they don't have an immense budget to risk.

More games the better.

Anon1974830d ago

Yeah, I don't get it either. It just leaves me shaking my head. If you dismiss indies, in my opinion you simply aren't a gamer. Period.

DualWielding830d ago

The problem is not indies themselves, the problem is when Sony tries to excuse the lack of AAA titles with indies.... like when people ask where are the retail exclusives for Vita, and Sony replies we have 100 indie titles coming in....

MasterCornholio830d ago

I played a lot of great indies on the PS4 which is why I hate people who continually bash them. Those gamers are not gamers in my opinion because a true gamer enjoys a game for being good and doesn't care whether its a AAA or an Indie.

die_fiend830d ago

PS4 is doing pretty much everything right. Which is why it's massively outselling the Xbox. Because gamers on the whole aren't stupid.

Unless you bought an Xbone... :)

MasterCornholio830d ago (Edited 830d ago )

"Unless you bought an Xbone... :)"

Someone can have perfectly valid reasons for buying an Xbox One like if they want to play Xbox One exclusives. I wouldn't call someone stupid for buying one unless they bought one thinking that it would be the most powerful console. Anyways a few minutes after I posted we already have a ton of Xbox fans trolling this article. This type of behaviour sickens me because it ruins the image of good Xbox fans. People like KNWs and ElementX need to stop making their community look bad. There's nothing wrong with playing indies on PS4.

(@element X) Even though those games are cheaper on steam no one is forcing you to buy them.

(@KNWs) There are a lot more Indies on PCs than AAA games. The reason why that is is because indies are very small studios and therefore there are way more indies than AAA developers. However that doesn't stop AAA games for appearing on that platform. The same will happen on the PS4. As I told element X if you hate Indies don't buy indies. There are still AAA games that you can buy and a large selection of Indies won't stop them coming to the PS4. But your just a troll and you fail to see that.

@Kinjo

Yep i bought my PS4 to play good games on it whether they are indies or AAA titles. I can't wait to play No Mans Sky which is a space exploration game made by indie developers. Haters don't deserve to play it.

die_fiend830d ago

Xbone exclusives?

Like what? Sunset Overdrive is made by the guys who Sony dropped as Resistance games were never anything remarkable...
What else is there? Halo? Even Bungie left that for dead and Destiny will be far better despite being multiplat.

Anyway, my comment was a joke

marlinfan10830d ago (Edited 830d ago )

sunset overdrives one of the best looking games of the year. for you to try and downplay it since its not coming to your console of choice is almost laughable. people had petitions out to try and bring it to ps4.

bungie left halo for dead? last time i checked halo 4 sold around 10 million and had one of the best stories of the series. it was 343s first time making one of the biggest franchises in history, i think we can give them a break on the couple things they added to multiplayer that people didnt like.. plus they've already said they're going back to the old halo ways so what are you gonna complain about when that happens? and like i said, halos one of the best franchises ever made, i think its a little to early to say a new IP is gonna be better. but what else what i expect out of a fanboy like you

DragonKnight830d ago

@die_fiend: Sony didn't drop Insomniac, their contract was over and Insomniac made the decision on their own to be a third party, multiplat developer. Insomniac were never a first party studio, they were a second party studio. Meaning, they had a contract with Sony either for X number of years or X number of games and once that contract was up they could either renegotiate another contract, allow themselves to be bought by Sony (who tried to do so several times and were turned down), or go their own way. They chose the last option.

die_fiend830d ago

I'm not saying 343 didn't do a good job with Halo. I was honestly impressed with Halo 4, much better graphics and I had no qualms with multiplayer.

But Destiny looks much newer and fresher. Halo 5 will hardly be a new experience. And don't give me story - Halo's story is pretty weak. Have you played Bioshock?

Insomniac never really made good games for PS3 (Ratchet and Clank were good), which is why they chose to swap sides. Sunset Overdrive is one of the games of the year? I'd be gobsmacked if it received a GOTY award based on what I've seen. Feel free to link me up if it happens, but I think Ubisoft's games will be better this year.

Oner830d ago (Edited 830d ago )

DragonKnight was about to post the same thing. What I find quite odd is how last gen certain gamers $#@! all over Insomniac for Resistance etc. (when it was actually a solid series) and yet now <for some reason> they are the second coming. Go figure.

Sunset looks great (visually & gameplay wise) and I absolutely wish the best for Insomniac, but I really don't see it being anymore (or probably a little less than) the impact of Resistance was last gen.

marlinfan10830d ago

i don't think its gonna be GOTY but its one of the better looking games no doubt. what games do you think look better?

and destiny looks newer and fresher because its a new IP lol i don't think halo needs to change its ways, its one of the best franchises ever for a reason.

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