September 25, 2022

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Hello everyone, how was your 2021? For me, 2021 has given me opportunities to play...

Hello everyone, how was your 2021? For me, 2021 has given me opportunities to play more games than in previous years, as having access to PlayStation 5 has not only removed most of the wait time to get into the games I want to play, but also their loading times thanks to the console’s blazingly fast SSD. 

Throughout the year, we have seen lots of amazing, charming, beautiful and totally engaging indie games on PS4, PS VR and PS5. Here are 12 of my personal favourites. 

Ender Lilies: Quietus of the Knights

This beautiful yet oppressive Japanese explorative platformer has an interesting approach to combat: discover downed knights and cleanse their souls to have them fight for you, while defeating certain enemies allows you to adopt their abilities for your own use. 

PS5, PS4″,”description”:”Chicory: A Colorful Tale is now available on Playstation 4 and Playstation 5!nnA top-down adventure game in a coloring book world full of vibrant characters. Use painting powers to explore, solve puzzles, make friends, and draw on anything! From creators on Wandersong + Celeste.”,”uploadDate”:”2021-06-10T18:43:52Z”,”thumbnailUrl”:[“https://i.ytimg.com/vi/hYPbC8W9eMY/default.jpg”,”https://i.ytimg.com/vi/hYPbC8W9eMY/mqdefault.jpg”,”https://i.ytimg.com/vi/hYPbC8W9eMY/hqdefault.jpg”,”https://i.ytimg.com/vi/hYPbC8W9eMY/sddefault.jpg”,”https://i.ytimg.com/vi/hYPbC8W9eMY/maxresdefault.jpg”],”duration”:”PT1M26S”,”embedUrl”:”https://www.youtube.com/embed/hYPbC8W9eMY”


Shuhei Yoshida’s favorite PlayStation indie games of 2021

Chicory: A Colorful Tale

At first glance Chicory may seem like an interactive coloring book, yet at its heart lies an engaging adventure. The story’s themes – self-doubt, redemption – are universally relatable. 

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Shuhei Yoshida’s favorite PlayStation indie games of 2021

Doki Doki Literature Club Plus!

Of all the games I’ve played this year, this one left the biggest mark. It’s also the one game I can’t reveal much about without spoiling some of the huge twists and turns that await you. I’ll say this only: don’t be deceived by its dating sim-like appearance. 

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Shuhei Yoshida’s favorite PlayStation indie games of 2021

Puzzling Places

This photogrammetry-powered puzzler challenges you to recreate various real-world places by picking up – and putting together – their fragmented parts like a jigsaw puzzle in VR. 

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Shuhei Yoshida’s favorite PlayStation indie games of 2021

F.I.S.T.: Forged In Shadow Torch

A game featuring a heroic rabbit with a huge mechanical fist attached on his back needs to offer satisfying melee combat, and this delivers. (And the dieselpunk Shanghai-inspired aesthetic is beautiful.)

PS5″,”description”:”Hades, the Game of the Year-winning rogue-like dungeon crawler is coming to PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5 on August 13, 2021!nnFOOTAGE REPRESENTATIVE OF PLAYSTATIONu00ae5. NOT ALL IMAGES APPEAR IN-GAME”,”uploadDate”:”2021-06-13T17:43:02Z”,”thumbnailUrl”:[“https://i.ytimg.com/vi/RXq0yBmfiC8/default.jpg”,”https://i.ytimg.com/vi/RXq0yBmfiC8/mqdefault.jpg”,”https://i.ytimg.com/vi/RXq0yBmfiC8/hqdefault.jpg”,”https://i.ytimg.com/vi/RXq0yBmfiC8/sddefault.jpg”,”https://i.ytimg.com/vi/RXq0yBmfiC8/maxresdefault.jpg”],”duration”:”PT58S”,”embedUrl”:”https://www.youtube.com/embed/RXq0yBmfiC8″


Shuhei Yoshida’s favorite PlayStation indie games of 2021

Hades

Everything about Supergiant Games’s roguelike is sublime: razor-sharp combat, superb gameplay mechanics, captivating characters, amazing voice-acting…  you cannot stop playing. It’s a perfect game.  

PS5″,”description”:”Play Kena: Bridge of Spirits on September 21, 2021nnA story-driven action adventure with a stunning visual aesthetic combining exploration with fast-paced combat. Players find and grow a team of charming spirit companions called the Rot, enhancing their abilities and creating new ways to manipulate the environment.nnKena: Bridge of Spirits seamlessly blends action and narrative into an unforgettable experience. Travel with Kena, a young Spirit Guide on a quest to uncover the mysterious story surrounding the demise of the village.”,”uploadDate”:”2021-09-20T18:45:00Z”,”thumbnailUrl”:[“https://i.ytimg.com/vi/V44I1TSFpOc/default.jpg”,”https://i.ytimg.com/vi/V44I1TSFpOc/mqdefault.jpg”,”https://i.ytimg.com/vi/V44I1TSFpOc/hqdefault.jpg”,”https://i.ytimg.com/vi/V44I1TSFpOc/sddefault.jpg”,”https://i.ytimg.com/vi/V44I1TSFpOc/maxresdefault.jpg”],”duration”:”PT2M35S”,”embedUrl”:”https://www.youtube.com/embed/V44I1TSFpOc”


Shuhei Yoshida’s favorite PlayStation indie games of 2021

Kena: Bridge of Spirits

A third person action-adventure game with beautiful character animation and engaging combat. You collect “Rot”  – cute little creatures – to aid you in combat and puzzle solving. 

PS VR”,”description”:”https://www.playstation.com/en-us/games/song-in-the-smoke/nn17-BIT’s survival adventure title Song in the Smoke launches today on PlayStation VR.”,”uploadDate”:”2021-10-07T16:11:46Z”,”thumbnailUrl”:[“https://i.ytimg.com/vi/EjBZuP09tJM/default.jpg”,”https://i.ytimg.com/vi/EjBZuP09tJM/mqdefault.jpg”,”https://i.ytimg.com/vi/EjBZuP09tJM/hqdefault.jpg”,”https://i.ytimg.com/vi/EjBZuP09tJM/sddefault.jpg”,”https://i.ytimg.com/vi/EjBZuP09tJM/maxresdefault.jpg”],”duration”:”PT1M32S”,”embedUrl”:”https://www.youtube.com/embed/EjBZuP09tJM”


Shuhei Yoshida’s favorite PlayStation indie games of 2021

Song in the Smoke

A PS VR game set in a prehistoric era in which staying alive hinges on your ability to craft, hunt, and fight. Encounter fearsome creatures and soak in the sights of this atmospheric survival sim. 

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Shuhei Yoshida’s favorite PlayStation indie games of 2021

Jett: The Far Shore

The first 30 minutes of this game is the most cinematic opening of any game released this year and perfectly sets up your role as your civilisation’s chosen one who is tasked to survive in a new colony. 

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Shuhei Yoshida’s favorite PlayStation indie games of 2021

Death’s Door

This isometric action adventure mixes varied combat scenarios with light puzzles for an engaging story set in the afterlife.  

PS5, PS4″,”description”:”Journey through a surreal, vivid and highly stylized world filled with mystery, wild high-speed traversal, and massive enemy encounters. Can you save your home from the Ultravoid?nnhttps://annapurnainteractive.com/games/solar-ash”,”uploadDate”:”2021-02-25T22:25:06Z”,”thumbnailUrl”:[“https://i.ytimg.com/vi/7adguXJNliQ/default.jpg”,”https://i.ytimg.com/vi/7adguXJNliQ/mqdefault.jpg”,”https://i.ytimg.com/vi/7adguXJNliQ/hqdefault.jpg”,”https://i.ytimg.com/vi/7adguXJNliQ/sddefault.jpg”,”https://i.ytimg.com/vi/7adguXJNliQ/maxresdefault.jpg”],”duration”:”PT3M”,”embedUrl”:”https://www.youtube.com/embed/7adguXJNliQ”


Shuhei Yoshida’s favorite PlayStation indie games of 2021

Solar Ash

Glide across clouds and grind on rails in a fantastical sc-fi world. Between combating foes and defeating leviathan-sized bosses, exploration will yield collectables and deepen the story of this world’s past.    

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Shuhei Yoshida’s favorite PlayStation indie games of 2021

Among Us

One of the most fun multiplayer experiences I’ve had this year. Try and work out who on your spaceship crew is helping prep for launch, and who are imposters intent on killing you all. 

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