Indie Game Of The Year
2011 Hard Reset Game Of The Year
Indie games by definition are cheaper, smaller but ultimately more inventive. Because the small development teams don’t have the backing of publishers, they can take more risks and make fantastic original games. The best to come out of the unsigned indie space are…
For me, Bastiongame felt like poetry in motion. The painted backdrops of this game are worth the points alone, falling into place with every step. Mechanics, there isn’t much new compared to other hack and slash games, but that is so far past irrelevant, due to the experience of playing through this of game. The narrative, responding in real-time to your actions, never gets tiresome, gently reliving the tale as if it was a fond memory,although happening with every step and slash. The narrative makes you bond with your character, warming to him as he restores bastion like a broken jigsaw, piece by piece. Although this is slightly on the short side, it’s a game that stands tall next to the big companies and deserves your attention. I promise, you will talk about this game to many, like a fond memory spoken from the in-game narrative.
Now lets clear things up first, I don’t play indie games I like mine full price and triple A titles but that’s just me, anyway yeah Minecraft wins. Having spent a little time playing it’s not totally terrible, I made a wizards tower out of mud and then a creeper blew it up. that’s my Minecraft experience a story of fun and loss.
Although Minecraft’s graphical limitations it is still a game I enjoy to play, there are texture packs you can download to make the game easier on the eyes and some are actually quite stunning. Minecraft is simple in gameplay and there doesn’t seem to be a storyline to it, simply to mine for resources to build better tools and buildings and of course defend yourself against the monsters of the night.
I’d like to choose something else. I really would. It all seems too easy. There’s a reason for that, though… As indie games go, there have been some tremendous successes. I love Bastion and its unique world and characters. If Minecraft hadn’t come along then that would surely be my choice. But it DID come along. And what did it bring? CHANGE! So much change. The very way we think about gaming. The purpose, motivation, the rewards. The game is what you make it. It’s not for everyone. I have the patience for Minecraft, but I do understand what Minecraft is, and it’s been amazing to see what people can do with a little more patience. It’s wonderful. It’s beautiful. It’s gorram revolutionary. Up yours, Mrs Thatcher!