Stop moaning about indie games on PS4 and start celebrating them

Sean Davies of PSgamer: The PS4 is quickly becoming the new home for the best that indie gaming has to offer. The Swapper, Nidhogg, Spelunky, Rollers of the Realm, Habitat: A Thousand Generations In Orbit, Oddworld: New ‘N’ Tasty and, of course, No Man’s Sky are being joined by hundreds of of other independently developed games heading to the PS4.

With each announcement of a new indie game coming to the PS4 that we cover at PSGamer, I have noticed a pattern emerging – that of abject negativity. “Great, another game that belongs on Facebook”, “More indie sh*t?”, “Less Indies, more AAA” and “Looks like a rubbish ZX Spectrum game” are common comments on any PS4 indie game article on N4G or Reddit and it is beginning to frustrate the life out of me. These comments are often counter intuitive, small minded and sometimes, plain stupid. We should be embracing the console indie revolution that Sony are attempting to spear head with the PS4 and PSVita instead of moaning about them and here is why.

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WilliamUsher1932d ago

Yeah I don't understand the gripes about having lots of games to choose from.

Mercenary Kings is still one of the best games this generation, and if it wasn't for an indie team we wouldn't have the game at all.

BitbyDeath1932d ago

I just got the platinum for it the other day. Brilliant game.

Prime1571932d ago

Wait, it has a platinum? How'd I miss that?

Time to play more.

RantandRave1932d ago


I don't have anything against indies. I believe the gripes come from the lack of higher quality content being released on PS4 via indies (8 bit graphics) and before anyone says it I know it's ARTISTIC CHOICE of dev.

I feel the gamers frustration may come from games they want to play being pushed back til 2015+ in glorious 1080p 30-60fps and then Sony's appeasement stage of sorry in the meantime play these stunningly creative indie 8 bit games.

I don't know but in the end it's just an opinion and you know what those are like lol.

XtraTrstrL1932d ago

You'll understand once the PS Store becomes as cluttered as iOS and android with complete trash that you have to sift through to find a game worth anything.

Prime1571932d ago

With that logic there will be no big budget games in the red on meta critic, right?

Oh, I see 4 out of 9 are AAA flops...

The problem isn't having the games to play, the problem is steam/xbox/psn finding a good way to curate their stores so we can sift out the subjective junk easily. Some people hate ___ and some people love it.

The best way to do so now is to read reviews and decide. Or start with a demo if applicable. Having more games is not a bad thing.

Indie games in the green: Fez, Guacamelee, towefall, the swapper, resogun, trine, transistor, rogue legacy, sportsfriends, steamworld dig, 1001 spikes, don't starve, stick it to the man...

One could argue that games like strider, pixeljunk, and child of light are of the same quality as many idies, but these studios found publisher backings.

I just find people to be lazy, irresponsible consumers.

Redlogic1932d ago

Seriously, reviews are so hard to find these days. If only there was a news site for gamers that posted them in one convenient space.....**lightbulb**

Starks1932d ago (Edited 1932d ago )

Implying that they either are iOS and Android games or there is no quality control, which is sheer ignorance coming from you.

Edit: @GiggMan

Isn't there already a section on the PS Store for indie titles? If not, the option to selectively search what you want?

GiggMan1932d ago

That is my only gripe. It needs be sorted better in the ps store. Maybe add Indie to the sort filter or something like that.

As it is now it's starting to get cluttered.

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vegnadragon1932d ago

The only problem that i have with the PS indies is the lack of exclusive indie games, i know it is hard to make a indie exclusive due to profit reasons, but most of those indie games out there are cheaper on the PC.

What I would want from indies are the games like Journey, SuperStar Dust, Resogun, fat princesses, flower.

MrSwankSinatra1932d ago (Edited 1932d ago )

Nobody purchased a 400 dollar next generation console to play phone games. If you want those types of games fine, but don't blast another persons opinion for not wanting these types of games. I don't get this whole agenda of trying to shove indies down peoples throats. An this whole creativity excuse is just straight BS. Please explain to me how it's creative to play as a floppy octopus that is the father of human children, how is it creative to play as a multi color sperm cell? Those ideas are stupid and you people put it off as creative. If that's creativity then gaming has really become stretched for ideas.

godofboobees1932d ago

You know nothing. Indie games are the back bone of this industry. Every big name studio synonymous with gaming started out as Indie studios. To bash and spout ridiculous shit like that just makes you unaware of what the fuck is actually going on since day one of gaming. Now go have a coke and a fucking smile

Death1932d ago

How is it people still fail to understand the difference between an indie developer and independent studio?

Indie is the new term for Homebrew. It is an incredibly small developer with an even smaller budget. Most are done in their basement/garage, but some larger developers are quitting triple A to make budget games that have low risk and high rewards.

Independent developers are third parties. At the dawn of gaming many of our well established third parties started small, but had a big budget to work with from their publishers.

spacedelete1932d ago

exactly and whats funny is i can better free indie games on my phone. these indie games on consoles are overpriced and terrible. its sad how people use indie games with cardboard graphics to be innovative. i can name about less than 10 good indies the rest are trailer trash style games.

starchild1932d ago

A lot of great games come from indie developers and Sony's policies are allowing many of those great indie games to come to PS4. There's nothing wrong with more games.

The problem for me is, I am a PC and PS4 owner, so most of those indie games are already available on my PC, and in most cases, for less money. There is a wider breadth of indie games available on the PC than any other gaming platform.

So, really, I'm waiting for the AAA exclusives for my PS4. I've enjoyed Infamous Second Son and The Last of Us Remastered and I'm looking forward to Infamous First Light and LittleBigPlanet 3, but I hope Sony keeps a focus on those outstanding AAA exclusives they have long been known for.

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PeaSFor1932d ago (Edited 1932d ago )

More games>Less games
More choices>Less choices

its pretty easy to understand.

LightDiego1932d ago

Indie games are great, Sony should continue bringing these titles for PS4.

Starks1932d ago

Since small developers do not have the burden of having huge budgets, they get to utilize their wide array of creativity more, despite the lack of budgets they may have. Which is an extremely good thing, because that means more quality driven games with a lot more depth to them than some big blockbuster title.

spacedelete1932d ago

i don't understand this logic that just because its an indie game its automatically good so stfu and stop complaining about other people complaining.

just like AAA games theres only a small amount of good indies. i don't know were this hipster fad has come from tbh. if you wanted indies then go buy a Wii U. i bought a next gen console for next gen games.

Spotie1932d ago

Nobody is claiming that every indie is automatically good. There ARE, however, people treating every indie as bad.

Dunno what internet you've been paying attention to...

gangsta_red1932d ago (Edited 1932d ago )

Actually there ARE people treating every indie game as more games to chose from, regardless of if the game is good or not.

Quantity doesn't equal quality.

There are over thousands of indie games on the 360 and most of them are pure crap. Should those games be as celebrated as the ones sony fanboys seem to celebrate for the PS4?

For a machine that costs 400 dollars I expect to play more than just PC ports and games ported from mobile or vita.

spacedelete1932d ago

Nobody ? all i see from trolls are that indie games are innovative and fun while making out that all AAA games are like COD. i've seen people accused of being a brainless COD gamer just because they don't like indies when that person which is beyond stupid.

if i want indies i'll download them for free on my cellphone which are not only are free but it suits indies better. why would you want to play an indie game on a 60 inch TV ? especially when you have better made AAA games which are made for home experience.

KentBlake1932d ago

No Man's Sky is an indie game. If that's not a next-gen game, I don't know what is.

Starks1932d ago

"stop complaining about other people complaining."

So you want people to stop complaining about people complaining about there being too many indie titles? Dumbass much? I don't get how your AAA games are being hindered by having more companies put their titles on consoles. If anything, you should be the one not complaining at all.

Starks1931d ago

Who would want to play on a touchscreen phone anyways? See, you're just as stupid and clearly ignorant like the others who says they hate indies. How about you fund the indies money to make games with subpar quality and lack of any essence of creativity? Amazing to see that you people cannot find the brains to think this out thoroughly, but whatever.

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