Just as we had at last year’s E3, Xbox has come out of the gates with a fresh batch of indie games to promote. Here are some personal indie highlights from the ID@Xbox montage:
0:12 – Outer Wilds – “Join the Outer Wilds Ventures, a fledgling space program for answers in our strange, constantly changing solar system”. This game has a really low key, casual vibe to it. It feels like a hiking/camping game akin to Firewatch, but with spacefaring in there. Looks to be just a real chill good time.
0:23 – Golf Club 2019 – With EA abandoning golf games, The Golf Club has been making a name for itself. As arguably the best golf franchise around at the moment, letting players create and play custom courses from a vast user-generated library. The Golf Club is taking a massive step forward as 2019 will be the first Golf Club game as a game with an official PGA Tour license. Suffice to say, this is the best golf game around at the moment and I can’t wait to have a shot at it.
1:19 – Sable – Sable sees you play as a hooded figure exploring a desertscape on all likes of future scifi vehichles. The real standout is the stylised aesthetic, unlike anything I’ve seen in a while. Definitely worth keeping an eye on for the visuals alone.
1:27 – Harold Halibut – A self-titled “Handmade Adventure game”, Harold Halibut gets points for style. Seemingly all, or part, of it is Claymation, something I can’t say I recall seeing before in a video game. The game itself is a sci-fi point-and-click adventure, starring a janitor named Harold. The Claymation has definitely got me intrigued, let’s hope the game and story back that up.
1:44 – Wargroove – Wargroove seems like the spiritual successor to the Advance Wars series from the old days of the Gameboy Advanced. Developed by Chucklefish, known for their work with indie titles Starbound and Stardew Valley, it’s pretty exciting to see another game by such a fantastic group. Gorgeous pixel art means I will definitely keep my eye on this, regardless of my usual dislike for turn-based RPGs.
1:49 – Totem Teller – Wow what an insane looking game. The graphics are somehow grungy and glitchy and beautiful its just so visually unbelievable. Truth be told, even scouring the internet its difficult to find the plot as such. Seemingly it is set in a lost broken world, telling the story of this forgotten place. The visuals are amazing. The music is appropriately ethereal This looks like an absolute majesty to behold.
This is just a handful of what is on show in the ID@Xbox montage with lots of fantastic indie offerings from Xbox. It’s just fantastic to not only see the independent scene flourishing but getting actively promoted by the bigger companies. Hats off to Xbox for a fantastic E3 Showing!