Game Of The Year 2014 – Best Indie

Dave Irwin

Dave Irwin

Sub-Editor

on January 19, 2015 at 10:30 AM

If 2013 was a great year for indie developers, 2014 was a vintage year full of fine games that will stand the test of time among the greats. From PC exclusive to indies found on both Xbox and PlayStation platforms, there is a great deal of imagination and innovation to be found within.

A lot of great games missed out on this coveted award and we wish we could highlight even more!

Best Indie 2014 Nominees

Transistor

Velocity 2X

OlliOlli

Shovel Knight

This War Of Mine

This was the year that gave us the sombre This War of Mine, the retro-platformer revival that is Shovel Knight and the truly mesmerising Transistor. Velocity 2X marked the difficult transition from fantastic concept to phenomenal follow-up, while OlliOlli shows us that the skateboarding genre is not stagnant. All these games couldn’t be more different in scope, execution, and tone. This was indeed a great year for indie developer awareness with some great games in the spotlight, with this category causing more arguments than others! Any one of these five games could easily have won.

The Winner Is…

Velocity 2X

But while a lot of these games are first outings, it takes a lot to build upon and expand in a meaningful way. For the sheer innovation on top of an already great concept, the sublime Velocity 2X takes the crown for Best Indie game. Reviewing this game was an absolute treat, the game refining its core gameplay found within the first title before impressing with all new side-scrolling levels and even a couple of surprises along the way. As Davs put it, “The perfect sequel and a fantastic title.”

On top of that, it looks glorious on both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita, with some impressive effects and refined controls on both platforms. Futurlab were under severe pressure to top Velocity Ultra and in certainly our eyes it did so with gusto. If you own a PlayStation device and haven’t played it yet, go do it now!