Games on PSN
It's easy to forget about the little guy. With so many big-name studios flooding the market with their blockbusters, many smaller games - typically independently developed - get lost in the cloud of pre-order bonuses, season passes and exclusive content. That's not to say that larger titles can't deliver, but it's easy to overlook some pretty incredible games when the hype-train is always roaring in the forefront.
Today, we wanted to take some time to get to know a few of the independent titles that are lurking in the shadows, and maybe even reconnect with some old friends that we haven't spent enough time with lately. If you're looking for some hidden gems to help you get through the holiday season, take a peek at some of our picks for the best indie games on the PS4. It also doesn't hurt that you can buy most of what's on this list for the price of one AAA title, give or take.
Although it got its start on Steam, Don't Starve eventually made it to the PS4, and at one point was free for PlayStation Plus users. An uncompromising survival game full of science and magic, players will step into the shoes of Wilson, a scientist who must explore and exploit his environment, with the sole purpose being to survive as long as possible. Purchasing Don't Starve through the PlayStation Network will entitle users to both the PS4 and PS Vita versions, so there's the added bang for your buck element as well.
Flower came out all the way back in 2009 for the PS3, but was a no-brainer when it came to stocking the indie shelves on Sony's shiny new PS4 late in 2013. It's a beautiful game that doesn't feature any conflict or enemies, but rather allows the player to explore a gorgeous world without being inhibited by a bunch of pesky objectives. Flower was well received by critics, something that surprised developers due the artistic approach that the game takes.
It's our duty to advise you to play Surgeon Simulator first, then switch over to Flower in order to calm yourself down. Maybe Sony should throw these two titles together and call it The Emotionally Balanced Indie Experience. You heard it here first.