The people at Playstation really love Indie games (as seen above) and it shows. Over the past few years, Sony has been pushing their Indie catalog just as much as the titles mad by big developers.
Below is a list of five Indie games that are available for download now that you may or may not have heard of. They might have been on your radar at one point, or not at all, either way you should try and grab these as soon as you can.
Supergiant Games is definitely one of the companies on this list that is no stranger to crafting an intelligent story with gameplay to back it. After their smash hit, Bastion, they followed it up with Transistor. It's a short enough game when it comes to how long it'll take to you to complete the main story but there's so much more to it than just that. I honestly keep coming back for that soundtrack. I left the trailer above for you to enjoy, be sure to listen with headphones on, though, the backing track to the trailer is atmospheric and beautiful.
Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition
None of these games are in a particular order but I have the most memories with this one. I spent many summer nights playing this well into the early hours of the morning. It's a "metroidvania" which means there's a lot of backtracking you'll need to do after unlocking new abilities. My main draw to this game is how well-written it is, it's a funny game that is definitely aware of itself. And the setting lends itself well to the game's artstyle and travelling back and forth between the land of the dead and the land of living to solve puzzles is something I don't think I'll ever get tired of. Oh yeah, wrestling. Lots and lots of professional wrestling moves.
Never Alone also known as Kisima Inŋitchuŋa (which translates to "I am not alone") is probably one of the most original games on this list. One Upper Games crafted an engaging puzzle-platformer that also, well, educates you. You play as Nuna, a young Iñupiaq girl, and her arctic fox. As you move through the story, little prompts pop-up that inform you of Iñupiaq culture. This game reminds us how video games can be used as a tool to inform others of a different experience. It's a beautiful and engaging story which is based on Iñupiaq folklore. If you're interested in different cultures, love puzzle-platformers, or want to teach your kids something about the world, then definitely pick this one up.
The Unfinished Swan
Giant Sparrow's first game is nothing short of beautiful. It plays a lot like a first-person shooter but not in the way you expect. It's a bit of a puzzle game but I'd say it's more of an experience. You play as a boy travelling through his recently deceased mother's last painting (the titular Unfinished Swan) and there you find a world that's yours to explore. Armed with only inkblots, you discover the world along with the boy by constantly painting the world in order to understand the environment around you. It's definitely more of an experience than a game but that doesn't make it any less beautiful.
Hotline Miami is definitely one of the older games on this list but it's definitively the most violent game on this list. If that isn't your style, feel free to skip the two videos I posted above. The first one is a bit ambiguous but the second shows a bit of the gameplay. You play from a top-down perspective (much like the original Grand Theft Auto games) and the pixellated graphics add a bit of distance to the violence but that doesn't make it any less brutal. The Drive-like soundtrack helps keep your heartbeat in the game from moment to moment and you'll probably suffer from chronic palm sweat after you're done with this one.
The sequel to the game, Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number, came out a couple of months ago so when you're done with this one, you can expect more visceral action and probably, maybe the best video game soundtrack to date.