(Pocket-lint) – No console is truly complete without a thriving indie gaming scene – since the days of the Xbox 360 and PS3, these little games have provided gamers with loads of fun, often via digital storefronts and at lower prices.
They’re often a bit more experimental than traditional AAA studio efforts, and can have funky art styles or direction that make them really unique, and we like to experiment with them. The PlayStation 5 has a lot to accommodate, as all the same games from the PS4 will also run on it. Here are the best ones on offer, after some links to our other game guides in case a different genre is in your sights.
What are the best indie games for PS5?
- Disco Elysee
- hollow knight
- The forgotten city
- Outer Wildlands
- The pathless
- solar ash
This role-playing game (RPG) really takes the genre to new places simply because of its commitment to theme, allowing you to interact not only with a range of characters and locations, but also with your own psyche in conversations. internal.
No part will be the same, as you play as a depressed, self-destructive cop trying to solve a grisly murder, all in a dark and realistic dystopian future port city. There’s a lot going on, but it’s all brilliant.
The template established by Metroid and Castlevania is perfected in the form of Hollow Knight, a 2D sidecroller that lets you explore a vast map piece by piece as you grow your power and defeat a succession of challenging bosses.
It’s made by a small team with beautiful hand-drawn art and a completely irrepressible sense of tone and we’re big fans of it. You’ll also find plenty of value if you’re a die-hard fan, as there’s plenty of challenging post-game content.
The very definition of an indie darling, Hades has a massive fan base for good reason, with an expert blend of roguelike action and heartfelt storytelling. You’ll attempt to escape the Underworld again and again, learning new tactics and using a new range of powers each time.
As you do, you’ll be fueled by a beautiful story about family and grief, with story beats ensuring that no failed escape attempt feels like true defeat. It’s a brilliant mix that’s sure to suck you in.
The forgotten city
Another game with classic themes, The Forgotten City puts you in a time loop in an ancient Roman refuge, where everyone dies if even one person commits a sin of any kind. Your job is to figure out why and how this happens, and see if you can escape.
It’s a brilliant mystery game that will see you encounter an evil cast and decide who you can trust over time, based on evidence, and with multiple endings to discover you’re sure to carve your own path through. him.
If you like the sounds of a mystery game, another recent classic comes in the form of Outer Wilds and its DLC expansion Echoes of the Eye. It’s a brilliant game that also revolves around a time loop, this time tasking you with figuring out why a small solar system is collapsing every time.
You’ll slowly piece things together as the loops pass, deciphering ancient texts and discovering exactly what happened to ignite the touch paper and end the life cycle of this solar system. It is a fascinating experience and we recommend that you go there with as little knowledge as possible.
A game focused on the pleasure of movement, The Pathless is a sumptuous experience. You play as a huntress sent by her people to stop the spread of corruption across the land, and you’ll do so by taking turns slaying giant beasts occupying areas.
The twist is that you move around by timing shots with your bow, hitting targets in order to build speed, and it’s hugely satisfying to move around its beautiful open world to find new secrets and upgrades.
A game about art and self-esteem, Chicory sees you take on the power of a magic paintbrush and the responsibility to keep a charming little world colorful as its colors run out. It’s about much more than that, however, gently touching on the themes of mental health and impostor syndrome.
You’ll have the freedom to paint and carve your way through cleverly designed puzzles and gain powers as you go, all with a beautiful soundtrack, great art, and awesome writing. It is a treat for all art lovers.
Like The Pathless, this game is all about movement and the feeling it gives you. It’s set at the End of Days, as a civilization crumbles into ruin, and you struggle to see if you make things right, once again slaying giant monsters to clean their corruption from the land.
It has an art style that we will remember for years and years to come, and the feel of skating through its huge environments is just perfect – plus it’s not an extremely long game so you shouldn’t feel overwhelmed by it.
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Every game on this list has been tested and played by our team to ensure it’s worthy of inclusion.
We’ve scoured their campaigns, spent hours in their multiplayer offerings, and carefully benchmarked them against direct competitors to ensure they represent the most satisfying and rewarding options on their platform.
With any roundup, however, it’s not possible to provide a list that works for every type of user. That’s why we rely on the experiences and opinions of the entire Pocket-lint team – as well as a thorough assessment of the areas above – in order to do our best in this regard.
What we always tend to avoid with these guides is unnecessary detail – we just want to provide an easy-to-understand summary that gives you an idea of what each game looks like.
Written by Max Freeman-Mills.