The video games industry has evolved quickly over the years, changing into something different, something that’s almost alien compared to the gaming market back in the 90s and 2000s. Major publishers such as EA, Activision, Ubisoft, and Bethesda seem adamant on chasing the anti-consumeristic “Games As A Service” model with an incredibly worrying focus on hyper-realistic visuals – all style, no substance if you will.
However, there’s still hope with indies and other smaller-scale developers. We have seen how beautiful and stunning games like Gris, ABZU and even Hyper Light Drifter can be as examples of how indie games can be captivating as an art form with not a single hint of photorealism in sight.
Which leads us to today’s talk about the aforementioned games in the title – and the reasons why this gaming generation needs more such games.