Indie

Bird Alone Is Trying to Help Us Feel A Little Less Alone In Quarantine

The latest game from George Batchelor offers a warm, daily mental health check-up.

Sony's PlayStation Indies Initiative is Great. Now It Needs to Follow Through

It feels like Sony abandoned indies this generation, so hopefully this is a course correction for PS5.

All Nine PlayStation Indies Showcased Today, Coming to PS4 and PS5

From maps and rabbits to violent, carefree worms.

Xbox Will Host Over 60 Demos As Part of Summer Game Fest Event This Month

Get into the summer mood with some show floor demos.

Join USgamer This Weekend As We Stream During BitSummit Gaiden

Tune in to see some demos of upcoming indie games.

Adding More Teraflops Doesn't Lead to Better Stories

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | What's holding back creators from making the heart-wrenching experiences they've always envisioned?

How Call of the Sea Is Taking Advantage of Its Home on Next-Gen

When one thinks "next-gen," they may not think of an adventure game first.

Sea of Stars' Release Date Is Still Far Away, But a Backer Demo Is Coming Very Soon

Backers can have a little demo, as a treat.

Branching Narratives: Samantha Kalman on the Influence of Rock Band, "Making It" as a Game Developer, and Her Next Game

The second episode of our new podcast chronicles indie developer Samantha Kalman's journey into the games industry.

Untitled USgamer Stream: Slay Steampunk Pixels With Us in Gestalt: Steam & Cinder

We're chatting with devs and picking up some contracts.

Voice Actors From Ghost of Tsushima to Persona 5 On the Challenges Facing Asian-Americans in Games

"We've come really far," says Stephanie Sheh, of Devil May Cry 5, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.

Night in the Woods' Scott Benson Teases "Brand New" Game, Not a Sequel

Don't expect a return to Possum Springs.

Why Ghostrunner Is Being Developed With Speedrunners in Mind

For developers One More Level, this first-person action game can only slow down so much.

Let's Talk About the PS5's Bizarre Design

The PS5 is quite different than past Sony consoles. But does that make it bad?

Itch.io's Massive Racial Justice and Equality Charity Bundle Has Raised Over $2.3 Million

With over 740 games and a week left on sale, the bundle is far from losing steam.

The Guerrilla Collective Delays Its Digital Festival, Plans Show to Highlight Black Voices

The three day event has been pushed back, but there will be a new stream on Sunday.

Slay the Spire Coming to iOS This Month, Android Version Still in the Works

Tune into the Guerrilla Collective for more information.

20 Amazing In-Game Maps That Did More Than Show the Way Forward

From A Link to the Past to Planescape: Torment, these are our favorite maps in video games.

Gang Beasts Goes Independent as Double Fine Publishing Label Winds Down

With Double Fine now part of Xbox Game Studios, Boneloaf will carry on Gang Beasts itself.

Rev Up Those Next-Gen Hype Cycles

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Can Sony's PS5 game showcase announcement finally get us excited for the new systems?

BitSummit Announces Online Showcase BitSummit Gaiden For End of June

The indie expo returns as a digital showcase.

More Info on Little Nightmares 2 Coming This Summer

Any news is welcome news.

All the Big News From Today's Wholesome Direct

Every game from today's soul-cleansing not-Nintendo Direct.

Summer Game Fest Teams With Day of the Devs For Two Showcases This Summer

The indies will get their spotlight this summer, too.

If Found Review: Falling out of Love

A mesmerising commentary on the nature of relationships.

A Plague Tale: Innocence is the Best Horror Game Since Dead Space

One year after its release, we make the case for this remarkable gothic horror game.

Why Indie Devs Are Calling Epic's New Unreal Engine Policy a "Game Changer"

By only taking royalties on titles that earn over $1 million, Unreal could expand its base of indies.

Arcade Closures Have Sparked a Killer Queen Single-Player Experiment

Abs vs The Blood Queen is set to take Killer Queen from ten players down to one.

Five Great Single-Player Games That Are Also Perfect for Groups

One controller doesn't have to mean playing alone.

The ESRB Was Finally Badgered Into Doing the Right Thing About Loot Boxes This Week

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Ratings board seems to be less responsive to complaints from people who know what they're talking about.

The Indie Megabooth Is Going on Hiatus Due to the Pandemic

After a Steam sale in May, the traveling showcase is "going away for now."

The Pandemic Could Be the End of Your Favorite Arcade

We talk to the arcade owners battling to survive the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Steam Game Festival Will Fill the Void of E3 2020 This Summer With Limited-Time Demos

The digital event is teasing more platforms to come.

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.

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