With the new consoles right at our doorstep, November 10th for Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 on November 12th, we thought it would be fitting to give a look back on all the amazing games that came out during this Generation. We thought it would be good to start out with some of the amazing Indie Games that came out this year.

Indie games have a special place in many of our hearts. We see the passion that goes into them. We love that a small group of people can create something that so many people can enjoy. So we asked your favorite GAW peeps, “What Indie game this Generation really stood out to you?”

Here is what they said.

Amanda G.
Community Development TeamI thrive off my love of memes, Hamilton, and indie games.

Choice: What Remains of Edith Finch – (AKA: Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story)

The opening for this game has one of the biggest hooks I’ve experienced in an indie game. You begin on a ferry, with a journal and flowers. A woman begins talking, and it flashes to walking a path. Text of her narration appears in various places, and after a few moments, you come upon the Finch family compound. I HAD to keep playing at this point. You are Edith Finch, the last of the Finch line. Your mother passed recently, leaving you the keys to the Finch family home. In her journal, you find out the family seems to be cursed; Kennedy-level cursed. Bedrooms in the house are shrines to their former owners, who have each passed in their own unique “cursed” circumstances.

I played the game again recently, and, since I now share an experience with Edith, it made the story more meaningful to me. The art, music, voice performances, and writing all meld together for three hours of one of the best experiences video games have to offer.

Robin G.
Sr. Editorial Writer – That’s fancy for I like to play games and write about it.

Choice: Void Bastards

I don’t normally play a lot of indie games, but when I saw the reveal trailer of a peculiar, cell-shaded game called Void Bastards, I was a bit intrigued by it. Then I found out it’s from the development director of Bioshock and System Shock 2 so I had a feeling it was going to be special. After many hours in the Sargasso Nebula, I ended up giving Void Bastards a 9/10 because of brilliant and addictive the game was.

Being able to raid a randomly generated ship with various conditions and gameplay mechanics at play made playing this game an absolute blast. It got to the point where I actually have the game on PC, Xbox, and recently the Switch version. Void Bastards has such a unique art style and wonderful world-building, it makes me excited for whatever else the developer Blue Manchu comes up with next. Whatever it is, I hope it’s another return to the Sargasso Nebula, I really miss that place.

Allen S.
Editorials/Reviews Manager – Still obsessed with Apex Legends

Choice: Dusk

As a love letter to old school shooters like Doom, Dusk does a pretty good job keeping that formula as well as adding to it. The gunplay is satisfying as well as consistently fast-paced. Running around slaying cultists has never felt so smooth and efficient. Plus it’s the only game I can even recall that lets me pick a fight with demonic goats so that is a plus. The team at New Blood has been consistently putting out fantastic titles this generation. When you are done being knee-deep in cultist blood you should check out Unfortunate Spacemen.

Going back to Dusk the bosses are fun, I’ve never been attacked by a fire pony before then followed up with a massive crocodile a few rooms later. If you’re looking to scratch that nostalgic itch with a pretty solid story then try out Dusk.

Christopher T.
Staff Writer – Really wants some Hawaiian rolls!

Choice: Axiom Verge

Axiom Verge is the culmination of one man’s passion for merging classic and modern games. The story for Axiom Verge is quite forgettable, though is easily forgiven for the sheer amount of fun the game exudes. The pixel art of Axiom Verge is by far the greatest homage to classic games while also being detailed enough to appear quite modern augmenting the overall art direction. The soundtrack of Axiom Verge coalesces with the art style in a hauntingly hypnotic fashion. I’ve sunk countless hours into Axiom Verge due to the Metroidvania gameplay and still haven’t discovered every little secret of the game. As players progress and obtain new weapons, items, and abilities they can revisit earlier sections of the game to find new paths and hidden objects.

Every few months I get the itch and must start a new run of Axiom Verge. Thomas Happ, the sole creator of the game, has masterfully re-imagined the Metroidvania genre. Axiom Verge is not only a game of a generation, but for me, a game of a lifetime that I will keep playing well into old-age.

John D.
Chief Operating Officer – It’s autumn, I want to just hit in my Hoodie all day now.

Choice: Guacamelee! 2

For me, there were so many amazing Indie Games to come out this generation, Hellblade, Dead Cells, Fe, Cuphead, Rocket League, and Brawlhalla! I could go on and on. However, the one that made a huge impression on me this generation was Guacamelee! 2. Yes, a sequel!  DrinkBox Studios made me feel something!

In all honesty, I would have loved to say the first one but it originally came out on PS3, until the STCE came out in 2014. So, I will gladly nominate the sequel because it was just as much fun, with just as many callbacks and silly jokes, if not more than the original.  A game that captured my love for its fun fighting style and wonderful story. I loved following Juan, with his mighty Luchador powers, fight his way across the “Mexiverse.”

And there we have it folks. That would be GAW’s picks for best indie games of this Gaming Generation. The gaming industry is moving on soon but we will always have a love of the games that are special to us.

What were your favorite indie games? Tell us in the comment section below.

Stay Tuned for all of our top choices of a Gaming Generations right here at Gaming Access Weekly.

About The Author

John D
Chief Operating Officer

John Donadio a.k.a. SomeBeardy2Love is the COO here at GAW. He once had a show that he produced, wrote, and co-hosted called the Wide World of Games, you can probably find it on youtube. He is also a co-host on a podcast called Party Up! John is an Action-Adventurer, platformer, RPGer, and FPS kind of gamer. Quick to play any game that has magic, swordplay, and/or stealthy elements. If you can customize a character he is in it for the long haul or just give me your 2D platform and he's a happy camper. What else do you expect from a gamer with a beard and a bow tie tattoo? Seriously.