In recent years, it’s been Indie Games that have surprised us, brought joy to our gaming systems, and has us eager for what the next studio will bring us. 2014 is shaping up to be a fantastic year for Indie Games, here’s a list of some of the games you should be keeping an eye on. NEXT Walking Dead Season 2 You’re going to see the name TellTale Games a lot on this list. As one of the premiere Indie Game studios it’s no surprise they’re going to be dishing out a bunch of titles. Their biggest one no doubt will be Walking Dead: Season 2. True, the first part of Season 2 will be releasing in December, but the majority of the content will be in 2014. TellTale has proven they know how to do this franchise right, which is why this game is first on the list. WarMachine: Tactics A true example of Kickstarter success, WarMachine: Tactics blew past its goal in spades due to the loyal following of the WarMachine tabletop gamers. Tactics seeks to take the WarMachine franchise to new heights with fully 3D models and environments, story and multiplayer modes, and epic tactical turn-based gameplay. Dysfunctional Systems: Episode 2 The visual novel game from Dischan Media wowed us here at TDS with its gripping story and characters. Dysfunctional Systems: Episode 2 seeks to expand the universe created in Episode 1 and give us more info and insight into what that universe is. Multiple worlds will be visited, as said by Dischan, and the choices you make will matter. Episode 1 is still on Steam if you wish to catch up. Owlboy Easily one of the most anticipated Indie Games, Owlboy has been a long time coming. Part Kid Icarus, mixed with some Zelda, but with a few interesting twists of its own. Owlboy seeks to test players and push them to break the conceptions they’ve had about games like this. Cosmic Star Heroine Cosmic Star Heroine is a turn-based RPG from the creators of Cithulhu Saves the World. It stars an agent who gets outed by her government after uncovering a conspiracy and now has to face almost the entire world. A true callback to 16-bit RPG era, Cosmic Star Heroine is definitely something to keep an eye on. TellTales Game of Thrones The second game from TellTale is easily an anticipated game, but little is known about this episodic title aside from its place in the Game of Thrones universe. Whatever they decide though, it’s sure to be true to the franchise, all the while keeping that TellTale flair. Transistor The team behind Bastion take their next game to the PS4 in Transistor. This sci-fi action-adventure game lets you wield a weapon of unknown origin, and has you traversing a massive world to piece together the memories of the Transistor. Supergiant Games promises responsive gameplay mixed with rich storytelling. And it’s not hard to believe that they’ll fulfill that promise. Death Road to Canada A game that’ll give you a new experience every time. Death Road to Canada, has you traveling from Florida to Canada in order to escape the zombie apocalypse. Team up with a vast number of people and decide their fates as you traverse to the great white north. No Man’s Sky No Man’s Sky has a procedurally generated universe for you to explore. If you can see a place in the distance, you can go there. Action, adventure, space battles, this game may just have it all. This is a game we have all dreamed about. Although this game doesn’t have a specific date of release just yet, we are going to be eagerly anticipating any news about this title. (We also hope it gets released in 2014) Broken Age The famous/infamous game from Double Fine definitely deserves a place on our list. An adventure game starring A-list talent, Broken Age continues to deliver more and more information that keeps us excited about this game. Below This Xbox One exclusive is still burrowed in mystery, and that’s exactly how the developers like it. Below puts you in a giant mystery and doesn’t give you much answers – because they want you to find them on your own. The depths of this game is said to be huge, how much you find is up to you. Karmaflow The first ever “Rock Opera Video Game” Karmaflow seeks to put music on the forefront in both story, and in some aspects, gameplay. Comprised of musicians from all walks of the Metal genre, Karmaflow wants to inspire you with music and make sure you never forget their songs. Elegy For A Dead World From songs to poetry, Elergy For A Dead World puts a unique twist on video games by having you explore worlds, write your thoughts in poems and stories, and then having you share them with the Steam Workshop. The game dares to ask, “What will you see in these worlds, and how will you express that?” Kentucky Route Zero Episode 3 The third episode in the point-and-click adventure game, Kentucky Route Zero will continue your adventure as Conway and continue to put you in interesting situations. Aztez A turn based game where you try to expand the Aztec Empire, Aztez also features real-time battles and promises that every playthrough will be different. Aztez is something you might want to try , especially if you’re very bloodthirsty. Neverending Nightmares A game inspired by the developers battle with OCD and depression, Neverending Nightmares has you exploring and trying to avoid confrontations with quite literal never-ending nightmares. The game features an open narrative so the ending is very much dependent on you. Lacuna Passage Part exploration game, part Pokémon Snap, Lacuna Passage has you on the surface of Mars exploring and picking up clues as to what happened on the red planet. Starbound A game of universal potential, Starbound gives you the ability to do just about anything in its proceduraly generated worlds. Stay in one place and make yourself a home, or go out into the universe and have fun, Starbound gives you the options you need to have an infinite amount of experiences. The Witness An uninhabited island full of puzzles? Why not? The Witness puts you on an island and sets you off to explore and solve whatever puzzle in whatever order. The more you solve though, the more the story begins to unfold. Renegade X The fully realized C&C mod, Renegade X seeks to fill the void that Command and Conquer left. With first and third person views, vehicle action, and of course insane multiplayer action, Renegade X is a must have for any C&C fan. Meridian: New World The RTS game , Meridian: New World seeks to take the genre to new levels. With units allowed to equip items, a leveling system for you the commander, and a new emphasis on storytelling, Meridian may just be the evolution of the RTS genre. Tales from the Borderlands There ain’t no rest for the wicked, and for TellTale games that means taking us back to the vault world of Pandora. Saying it will feature characters from both Borderlands 1 & 2, and new characters, this episodic game series seems to be in line to strike it rich. The Long Dark Without a doubt, one of the most anticipated Indie Games of 2014 is The Long Dark. Starring A-list voice actors and a team composed of industry veterans, The Long Dark puts you in the ultimate survival scenario and uses audio and visual cues to make you fully aware of your character’s status at all times. You are not alone in the wilderness of the north, but how you choose to interact with those you encounter is up to you. Just remember, there is always a consequence to every choice you make. Dungeon Dashers A single player dungeon experience that has you controlling four completely different characters, Dungeon Dashers is an old-school game that tests your strategy, all the while giving you a fun, light-hearted experience. Planetary Annihilation An RTS that promises to be something you’ve never seen before, Planetary Annihilation gives you planets, asteroid belts, and more to plan your strategy, build your economy, and take down others in single and multiplayer action. Dungeon Defenders 2 This sequel to the original game is made by a new team and seeks to make Dungeon Defenders even better. They wish to provide replayability, depth in the gameplay, a mixture and balance of multiple genres, easy accessibility to new gamers, and great rewards so you know you’re getting you moneys worth. Lichdom This fast paced spell casting game will be the first title released by Xaviant studios, an indie studio based out of Cumming, GA. Xaviant was one of the first third-party studios to be granted a full license of CryEngine 3, and Lichdom intends to make full use of it. Lichdom is a beautiful game that has players casting, and crafting, insanely powerful spells, all in first person. Skara: The Blade Remains The team at 8-Bit Studios wants nothing more than to create a memorable game that defies genre branding. Part MOBA, part Versus game, Skara: The Blade Remains puts you in control of one of five races and gives you free rein on what you do. Wolf Among Us: Episode 2 We started with TellTale, we’re going to end with TellTale. The Wolf Among Us brought us into the world of fairy tales in a very interesting way. Episode 2 promises to be just as good, if not better than Episode 1, and with TellTale holding the reins, that’s definitely a possibility. NEXT EmailPrint LC What’s with the other kickstarter game? Pillars of Eternity? Divinity Original Sin? Todd Black Actually, we’re compiling a second list filled with reader requests and games we missed. And I can tell you both of those games are on the list. Stay tuned! We’ll post it soon. Blane Those are on part 2. Eric Koffsky MEWGENICS!!! Gizoku “Neverending Nightmares has you exploring and trying to avoid confrontations with quite literal never-ending nightmares. The game features an open narrative so the ending is very much dependent on you.” So they aren’t actually “never-ending”… ? Blane I guess in the sense that the game does end. Doesn’t necessarily mean that the nightmares do. Tarun Matteda Very much appreciated by the list its like a one stop shop I d ve to keep a watch on al these titles almost all games look amazing..atleast from the screenshots great work Cris CrisJ Glad you like it man… it was a team effort though… Kristi78968 It’s nice to see a visual novel up there! If I can make a suggestion, play the Jisei series by Sakevisual. Mystery and stuff, yo. Todd Black I played Dysfunctional Systems and fell for it pretty quickly. It was one of my favorite Indie Games of 2013, and I can’t wait for the next episodes. Jisei huh? We might just have to try that. Thanks for the suggestion! Kristi78968 No problem! I play visual novels a lot so I know what to suggest!