One of my recent gaming addictions is Party Hard. This is a game that Keri clued me in on one afternoon. I watched a small bit of a stream of it and was instantly hooked when I saw the streamers use a bull to run over a bunch of people at a party. A few moments later the game was downloading to my PS4.
Over the last few weeks, I’ve noticed I am really enjoying the Indie scene when it comes to video games. Between Party Hard and Axiom Verge, I sometimes have a rough time figuring out which game I’d rather play. It’s not a bad issue to have by any stretch of the imagination. If only I could bring my lightning gun to the party!
Indie games prove that you don’t need multi-million dollar budgets or big flashy visuals to be a great game. In fact, most Indie games are far from spectacular looking. What they lack in AAA gimmicks, they more than make up for in actual game play, challenge, and enjoyment. Heck, I still go back to play The Binding of Isaac or FTL from time to time as they are just good challenging fun.
The other item I have noticed that is common among a fair amount of Indie games I play is that they are usually easy to pick up and play, but offer a great challenge that takes some serious dedication to master. It is really enjoyable to go back to a game like FTL and feel as though I never stopped playing it. I can easily play the game for a small chunk of time and walk away satisfied with what I did in that game session. Usually because I managed to get just that tiny bit further to beating it than I did my last time playing it. It’s that hook that pulls so many people in. Well, that and the usual small price point that almost all Indie games command from your wallet.
AAA titles still have their place on my plate of addictions. Between Dark Souls III, Battleborn, and (hopefully) soon Doom, I’m still loving what the bigger developers have to offer. Yet, it seems as of late that I just really dig what the Indie scene is pumping out. With that, I think it is time to go party…..really effing hard!