Celeste is the latest indie game to try to add a deep story on top of a genre we’ve seen before, with its combination of challenging gameplay and introspective story about one’s self worth. In an attempt to tell the story, I feel like the design doesn’t quite keep up.
Subnautica has been a long time coming. The survival game has been on early access since 2015 and has been a fixture of the early access scene since. With the game finally out, we have a different kind of survival game, and comes close to being one of my favorites of the genre.
Prey by Arkane Studios did not have a lot going for it at launch. The complete reboot of a series that already spent years in development, Arkane decided to do what they always do: Make something completely different. What we got was a sleeper hit in terms of game design, and another game that blurs the line between action and abstraction gameplay.
The Sexy Brutale earned a cult following from fans who played it in 2017 for its unique structure and style. Combining aspects of Groundhog Day, Clue, and even Columbo, it’s going to be hard to find another game like it. And while this game has a great concept, I just wish the gameplay was as imaginative as the story.