Top Five Indie Games of 2014


Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna)


Much like Max: Curse of Brotherhood, Never Alone is a very modest puzzle platformer. The game does suffer a bit from inexperienced programming with a small host of bugs and glitches. However, this is the studio’s first game so I am able to let that slide a bit. You have to start somewhere and Never Alone did a great job. With a strong story, brilliant voice work, and a stellar art direction, I was very surprised with Upper One Games’ first game. (Available on Xbox One, PS4, and Steam)

This War of Mine


Videogames about war plague mostly the FPS and RTS genres. You know what game about war that we didn’t have until 11-bit Studios decided to step in? Survival. This War of Mine takes place during a war, but it hardly every talks about it. This makes it probably the best war game in the last 5 years. It isn’t about politics, or super soldiers. It is about the biggest casualty of war: the civilian. The game surprised me with its use of character diaries and character interactions at the main base to create tension. (Available on Steam)

Space Hulk: Ascension


I was a fan of the original Space Hulk board game from Games Workshop. I never played the first videogame adaptation but last year a new Space Hulk game came out. It was interesting, the level design was lacking and it relied heavily on RNG and not on unit stats. This made the game challenging to play. Not to mention the game lacked variety when you could only play as one Space Marine chapter. Space Hulk Ascension took everything that was bad about the previous game and made it way better. With more missions, more Space Marine chapters, unit progression, customization, and cleaner visuals. It is one of those games I love playing despite how slow it can be. (Available on Steam)

Legend of Grimrock 2


I got to review the first entry a while back, nearly two years ago to be exact. I was impressed with the game because it was developed by an incredibly small group of people. The new game is no exception. The struggles with playing the original LoG have been fixed with the sequel. The game now gives you a more guided experience without directly holding your hand. The level of exploration is paced incredibly well with how fast your characters level up and what kind of weapons you find. The level design is out of this world and the art is fantastic. LoG 2 is certainly the game for the hardcore WRPG player. (Available on Steam)

Warmachine Tactics


I have never played the miniatures game Warmachine. I have always wanted to get back into tabletop miniatures but my wallet cannot take it. I used to play Warhammer 40k a long time ago, so naturally I was drawn to Warmachine: Tactics. The game’s campaign is a lengthy one with plenty of multiplayer antics to keep it fully accessible for new and old players. Army customization is fun and deep. You have five factions to choose from and plenty of units and equipment. The level design is also fantastic. My only issue is the camera control, everything else about this game is pretty spot on with recreating a tabletop miniatures game. (Available on Steam)

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Freelancer here at Armed Gamer, North American Video Game Correspondent for Following the Nerd, and a regular on Examiner.com, Zach has made somewhat of a name for himself at the age of 23. He has been writing professionally for just over 5 years now. He doesn't care about resolution or frames per second, he cares about what matters most, the games. You can reach reach him directly at zach.martinez09395@yahoo.com.

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