Indie

ID@Xbox's 6-Part Showcase Spotlights Indies That Would've Been at GDC 2020

It's sort of like a bunch of tiny Nintendo Indie World videos all released at once.

USG Notebook: One of 2020's Hottest Games Might Be Super Mario 64?

Super Mario 3D World, Galaxy, Sunshine, and 64 are getting everyone's attention.

Untitled Goose Game's Delightful Soundtrack Is Now Available to Stream

Dan Golding's goose-y Debussy interpretations have been released by a real classical music label.

Kosmokrats Looks Like the Puzzle Game That Space Communists Need Right Now

Workplace mishaps reach the one place that hasn't been corrupted by capitalism… space!

A Monster's Expedition Through Human Exhibitions is a Gentle Tour of Humanity's Foibles Through a Monster's Eyes

Latching on to this lovely little open-world puzzle game is easier than falling off a log.

The Other Side is a Meditative Mobile Puzzle Game for Anxious Times

Sometimes simplicity is all you need.

EGX Rezzed Digital is Live, Showcasing Tons of Indies and Live Let's Plays

With panels on careers advice, how to get into games journalism, and more.

The Studio Behind the Messenger Is Trying to Kickstart Its Dream RPG in the Midst of a Pandemic

We talk to Sabotage Studio about its vision for Sea of Stars, and the nightmare of unveiling its dream project in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Stay at Home, Play These Free Games, and Literally Save Lives

Whether made available because of the coronavirus pandemic or not, here are some free games you can enjoy in the coming days.

Steam's Second Game Festival Is Live With Over 40 Demos That Missed Out on GDC

From a winemaking sim to a kickball brawler, there's lots to play right now.

Everything Shown in Today's Nintendo Indie Showcase

Including a few games that are out today.

The Last Campfire, A Small Scale Adventure by Hello Games, Is Out This Summer

The studio behind No Man's Sky has a new game, and it's coming to most platforms.

Nintendo's Hosting Another Indie World Presentation Tomorrow

It's not a Direct, but c'mon, you want to hear about these games too.

In Wake of GDC's Postponement, Devs Band Together For Relief

Independent developers and publishers are finding the best way forward after GDC is put on hold.

Troy Baker's Been Gaming's Leading Man For a Decade, And He Has Some Stories

We talk to the prolific blockbuster video game actor about working on The Last of Us, that one scene with Norman Reedus, and more.

How Asia's Global Game Jam Developers Are Exploring the Coronavirus Outbreak Through Games

From tower defense games to resource management sims, these games capture the anxiety around the coronavirus outbreak.

House of the Gundead Fits the Chaos of Enter the Gungeon in an Arcade Cabinet

The Enter the Gungeon spin-off makes a number of risky genre moves, but is better off for it.

USG Game of the Month for February 2020: Nothing

GAME OF THE MONTH | It was a bit of a dry month in terms of standouts.

Bloodroots' Boss Fights Are a Bloody Riot

The boss fights of Bloodroots are the undisputed high point of the game.

Afterparty's Hellbound Bar Crawl Hits Nintendo Switch Next Week

Night School Studio's Oxenfree follow-up has a release date for Switch, and it's very soon.

The 8 Best Entries From Global Game Jam 2020: These Indies Want to Repair Our World

Meditations on the theme of "repair" with robots, relationships, and more.

Is Ori and the Will of the Wisps Going to Be on Nintendo Switch?

We look at whether and when the sequel to Ori and the Blind Forest will be making it onto the Switch.

How to Play Stardew Valley Multiplayer on All Platforms

We show you how to play online multiplayer on PC, Nintendo Switch, Xbox and PS4, and everything else you'll need to know.

Stardew Valley: How to Farm Iridium

We'll show you all the ways you can get Iridium ore and bars for your farm as fast as possible.

The 25 Best Mobile Games for iOS and Android

From smartphones to tablets, these are the best games you can get on your iOS and Android devices. Now updated for 2020!

BAFTA Winning Storybook Game Florence Is Coming to Switch, PC, and Mac This Month

This quaint love story is finding a few new homes.

The 25 Best Steam Games

A rotating list of the best games on Steam may seem impossible on the surface, but against all odds, we've done it. Now updated for 2020!

USG Game of the Month for January 2020: Kentucky Route Zero Gave Us a Brilliant Final Act

GAME OF THE MONTH | Kentucky Route Zero hits the end of the road.

USG's Top 100 Games of the Decade: #100-51

The 100 best games of the 2010s, as determined by us.

USG's Top 100 Games of the Decade: #50-26

The 100 best games of the 2010s, as determined by us.

USG's Top 100 Games of the Decade: #25-1

The 100 best games of the 2010s, as determined by us.

"It Feels Like We Made 10 Games:" Kentucky Route Zero at the End of the Road

We talk with Cardboard Computer about the episodic structure of Kentucky Route Zero, Act 5's finale, and more.

Indie Publisher Compares Switch to Steam: “In Comparison, I Just Have Zero Clue Whether It’s Going to Sell or Not”

The Switch backend seems to be leaving some folks in the dark.

Kentucky Route Zero Review: Hard Times Served

Delivering a new kind of American Dream.

Garden Story is an Adorable Sim That Combines Zelda and Talking Grapes

It's a cozy game about building communities.

The 25 Best Xbox One Games

Our always rotating list of the best games on Microsoft's console, and its premium partner the Xbox One X. Now updated for 2020!

The 25 Best PS4 Games

Our rotating list of the best games on PlayStation 4, now updated again for 2020!

Kentucky Route Zero Primer: What You Should Know Ahead of the Acclaimed Indie's Final Act

There's a lot of buzz about the finale of Kentucky Route Zero. Here's why you should be paying attention.

The 25 Best Nintendo Switch Games

Our rotating list of the best games on Switch, now updated for the start of 2020!

After a Nine Year Wait, Kentucky Route Zero Finally Comes to a Conclusion This Month

Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition will also release in its entirety across PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

Doki Doki Literature Club Creator Says New Content is Coming This Year

He's also got a new original VN in the works.

Mike Williams' Top 10 Games of 2019: Closing Out Another Generation

Once again, I bring you only the best.

Eric Van Allen's Top 10 Games of 2019: The Head and the Heart

Murder Hogwarts, class of 2019.

Joel Franey's Top 10 Games of 2019: Flying High

These games took me worlds away.

Jake Green's Top 10 Games of 2019: I'm a Rocket Man

The best games of 2019, as picked by your friendly neighborhood Guides Writer.

Caty McCarthy's Top 10 Games of 2019: Beyond the Pale

It's me, the Art Cop.

The Axe of the Blood God End of 2019 Extravaganza!

We're back to talk about all the best games of 2019 in the final episode of the year!

Community Question: What’s Your Game of the Year for 2019?

We've shared our favorite games of the year, so now it's time to share yours!

USG's Top 20 Games of 2019

From post-apocalyptic melodramatic deliveries to rude geese, these were our favorite games of 2019.

USG Game of The Year 2019: Disco Elysium Let Us Be Human, No Matter the Cost

USG's Game of the Year is an RPG that's stuck in our collective Thought Cabinet.

New Dangen CEO Says All Developers Are "Free to Reconsider Contracts" In Wake of Publisher Controversy

The indie publisher is offering an out for those who want it.

Wattam Review: Cool Hat Trick

Wattam is a delightful game about friendship, the world, and poop, from the mind behind Katamari.

The 15 Best Games You Probably Missed in 2019

From flight sim to train sim, these are the best games that probably slipped past your radar this year.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps Gets Delayed by One Month

You'll have to wait a teensy bit longer this spring to play the new Ori.

The Absurdly Difficult La-Mulana Games are Finally Coming to Current-Gen Console in Early 2020

Hope you're ready to get lost in some ruins, and then smushed.

The CEO of Japanese Indie Publisher Dangen Entertainment Resigns As Allegations of Harassment Mount [Update]

Ben Judd is stepping back from the publisher he helped found, as well as his "other industry endeavors."

For Axiom Verge's Creator, the Switch Was a "Natural Platform" For the Sequel

Thomas Happ answers our most pressing questions about today's announcement.

After Four Years of Development, Here's the First Glimpse of Axiom Verge 2

Tom Happ's been working on a follow-up to his Metroidvania for 4 years.

Nintendo's Streaming One More Indie Showcase Before the Year's End: Watch It Here

The Switch gets one last shot of indie news for 2019.

The Choose Your Own Adventure Publisher is Going After Indie Developers Who Use Its Trademark Phrase

Takedown notices going out to small-scale devs on Itch.io.

Starting Screen | Tyrants, Dollhouses, and Rude Geese: Looking Back on 2019's Great Gaming Moments

There were some great moments in video games this year. Let's look back on some of our favorites.

Shovel Knight: King of Cards Review: This Crown Belongs to Another

King of Cards is the most ambitious Shovel Knight game to date, but it's not quite the best.

Shovel Knight Showdown Review: A Sneaky Contender for 2019's Best Party Game

An excellent arena battler that transcends Shovel Knight's boundaries in unexpected ways.

The Making of Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment, Part 5: Fin

Yacht Club Games concludes their deep dive into Specter of Torment's design!

In Japan, a Dispute Filled With Accusations of Sexual Harassment and Bad Business Practices Boils Over

Allegations against Dangen Entertainment and its CEO are coming to light after a falling out between the company and some of its dev partners.

Wargroove Developers Respond to Criticisms of Whitewashed Voice Cast

"We want to be honest about what happened."

The Making of Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment, Part 4: The Subtle Art of Backgrounds

In the penultimate entry, Yacht Club Games talks about the small but important details that can make the difference in a level.

The Making of Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment, Part 3: Our Favorite Secrets and More

Yacht Club shares their favorite secret areas; the art of positioning health pickups, and more.

The Making of Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment, Part 2: Froggy Foreshadowing

Yacht Club Games explains the art of spacing, enemy placement, and more as it delves still further into the making of Specter of Torment.

The Making of Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment, Part 1: The Plan

In the first part of this Shovel Knight deep dive, Yacht Club Games explains the planning process behind Specter of Torment.

How Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove Went From Minor DLC to a Collection Built to Last

Yacht Club Games recounts the evolution of Shovel Knight's ambitious collection.

Here's 7 Great Video Game Family Reunions Just in Time for Thanksgiving

From Dragon Quest 5 to Death Stranding, chew over these family-centered games while you eat turkey this year.

How Guildlings Went From a Satellite-Level Management Sim to Social RPG

"We had no idea we were making a JRPG until we were almost at full JRPG."

Indie Devs: Apple Arcade is Healing a Wound in Mobile Gaming

The developers of Guildlings and Threes say the model is fixing the player-dev relationship.

Fans Are Comparing Wattam With Death Stranding, and Now Keita Takahashi Is Weighing in

Is Wattam a strand game? Maybe Takahashi or Kojima will tell us one day.

Katamari Dev’s Wattam Finally Has a Release Date

It'll debut on PS4 and PC a little over five years after it was announced.

The Making of Afterparty, the Indie From Hell

We talk with one of Night School's co-founders about life, drinking, and whether the devil has Wi-Fi.

Suda and Swery Host Strange Reveal Event for New Horror Game Collaboration

Welcome to the Hotel Barcelona.

Manifold Garden Launches This Friday After Seven Years of Development

The mind-warping puzzler is finally finished.

John Wick Hex Review: Excommunicado

An amazing action series yields a one-dimensional tactics game.

Time-Looping Mystery Outer Wilds is Coming to PlayStation 4 Next Week

Solve space mysteries and try not to wake the space fish.

Following Bombshell Report, More Indies Share Horror Stories of Working With Nicalis

Sources allege that Nicalis routinely stonewalls its prospective and established business partners.

Overland Review: Where Not Even Knife-Wielding Dogs Can Save You

Overland is finally out, and it's more brutal than we imagined.

Apple Arcade Brings Game Pricing Concerns Back to the Forefront

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Will successful subscription services turn into their own walled gardens?

Apple Arcade Springs Soft Launch on Developers, Some Games May Not Be Final Versions

Some iOS 13 beta participants can play games that don't even have official release dates yet.

Haven is an RPG Where You Control Two Star-Crossed Lovers at the Same Time

It's a wonderfully fresh take on video game romance.

New Celeste DLC Includes an Affecting Revelation About Madeline That Casts Her Story in a New Light

Madeline's battle with depression and anxiety take on a new meaning in Farewell DLC.

Celeste's Final Free Chapter Is A Brutal, But Fond Farewell

Celeste gets a beefy new chapter for its last update that's just as intense in difficulty as The Core.

Game Devs Speak Out on Gaming's Discoverability Problem

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Developers and publishers dance around the question of how to get games noticed in an increasingly crowded marketplace.

River City Girls Review

There's substance in this stylish new game in the River City Ransom universe.

Wilmot's Warehouse Is the Chill Organization Game That Shouldn't Slip You By This Busy Season

Wilmot's Warehouse is the medicine you need right now.

Sayonara Wild Hearts Scratches My Ever-Present Rhythm Heaven Itch

At PAX West 2019, we played Simogo's latest colorful adventure.

In the Pokemon-Style Combat of Bravery Network Online, Words Hurt Just as Much as a Claymore

The Gloam Collective is changing up turn-based team combat.

Untitled Goose Game Will Sound Its Release Honk This September

Less than a month 'til goose-ageddon.

Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey Review

Ancestors has flashes of brilliance amidst lots and lots of tedium.

Telling Lies Review

The spiritual successor to Her Story is a shady investigation into the lives of four liars.

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