Top 9 PS4 Indie Releases of 2017

Take a look at nine of the coolest indies coming to the PlayStation 4 this year.

5 days ago by Morgan Shaver

This year, there’s a stellar lineup for indie games set to release across all platforms. From the Xbox One and PC, to the Nintendo Switch and PS Vita, there’s no better time to dive into the indie game scene than 2017. If you own a PlayStation 4, you may be wondering what indies are worth keeping an eye on.

Well, wonder no more, as we’ve put together a list of the top 9 indie games to check out on the PS4 in 2017!

9) What Remains of Edith Finch

What Remains of Edith Finch puts a unique spin on the rising trend of detailed-oriented narrative games. Developed by Giant Sparrow, the game is comprised of several short stories all centered around the Finch family, who lives in a rather strange house in Washington State.

Not only is their home odd, but the Finch history spins tales of a family curse dating as far back as the 1900s. The game offers a unique look into the vast, unknowable world that surrounds us, and is one you shouldn’t miss out on for the PS4 when it releases this spring.

8) Manifold Garden

William Chyr’s beautiful puzzler, Manifold Garden, captivated our attention when we demoed it at E3 2016. The game offers a unique balance between complexity, and captivating approachability. In addition, the visual aesthetic is breathtaking, though you won’t need to worry about being distracted by the jaw-dropping architecture that surrounds you.

You'll be too busy figuring out how to overcome Manifold Garden's array of 3D challenges. It’s a superb offering for puzzle lovers, and one that we can’t wait to play on PS4 this year. Manifold Garden's release date is currently TBA, so stay tuned to the game’s official website for more details.

7) Jenny LeClue

Are you a fan of those classic choose your own adventure novels? If so, you should take a closer look at Jenny LeClue. After a successful Kickstarter program (racking up over $100k and far surpassing its original $65k goal), as well as quick approval on Steam’s Greenlight program, Jenny LeClue is shaping up to be one of 2017’s most charming indies.

This is thanks, in part, to its superb hand-drawn art style. In addition, there are multiple different endings, and ways to improve your chances at finding new clues. Although, a lot of that rides on how well you pay attention to the clues scattered around you. With its fantastic eye for detail, Jenny LeClue is set to become a fantastic PS4 addition when it releases later this year (hopefully).

6) Sundered

This epic adventure from Thunder Lotus Games (the creators of Jotun) offers a sinister side-scrolling experience bundled with classic Metroidvania-style gameplay. In Sundered, you play as Eshe, a figure who’s trapped in a series of dark caverns full of unknown terrors.

There are multiple ways to approach the game, on top of multiple ways to die. The caverns will leave you feeling small and vulnerable, which ups the tension needed to propel you forward. Can you hold onto your sanity as you harness corrupted relics in an effort to defeat monstrous bosses? Find out July of 2017 when the game releases to PS4, among other platforms!

5) Friday the 13th

If you’re a fan of 80’s slasher films and want to drop yourself straight into the shoes of a counselor at Camp Crystal Lake, look no further than Gun Media’s Friday the 13th. We’ve tested the game out ourselves during the beta and have to say, the game looks phenomenal.

There’s a lot of space to move around, and countless different methods you can employ to stay alive. If gore is your thing, there’s also no shortage of gruesome kills you can inflict as Jason (see the trailer above for examples).

This is one multiplayer horror experience you definitely won't want to miss on the PS4. The multiplayer portion will release this spring, or if you prefer to play alone, an additional singleplayer campaign is due out later this summer.

4) Absolver

If you’re a fan of the fighting genre, you may want to look into Absolver by developer sloclap is a rather unique martial arts game. Featuring action RPG staples, Absolver blends together single and co-op play into one. Players will be able to construct custom combos, custom fighting decks, custom everything.

You can move freely in Absolver’s beautifully rendered world, and enjoy several MMORPG elements like completable quests. We feel Absolver will be one of the hottest indie fighting games of 2017, so if you own a PS4, be sure to keep an eye on Absolver until an official release date is announced.

3) Vampyr

Another one that we’ve covered extensively here at Indie Obscura, Vampyr is the next indie game offering from Dontnod Entertainment (Life is Strange, Remember Me). Vampyr puts you directly into an 1800’s gothic noir setting where all of your actions matter.

The tale centers around Jonathan Reid, a vampiric doctor trying to stay alive, keep his identity hidden, and balance between being a doctor responsible for saving lives while also being a vampire. It’s an interesting predicament, and reminds us a bit of Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde. We expect to put a lot of hours into Vampyr when it releases later this year (most likely during the fall). 

2) Rime

After some development hangups, developer Tequila Works acquired the rights to Rime from Sony, and have been hard at work on the game ever since. Boasting an art design reminiscent of games like Journey and Ico, Rime is a puzzle-based game revolving around a young boy shipwrecked on a mysterious island.

In Rime, you’ll work through several interesting challenges, all while as exploring the island in effort to discover a way out. The game looks to be wrapped in subtlety and metaphor, and we cannot wait to experience it ourselves when it releases to PS4 (and other platforms) this May.

1) Yooka-Laylee

No matter which console you own, Yooka-Laylee is one of this year’s select few “must-buy” indie games. Not only does it return us back to the nostalgic days of our youth, but it also boasts a talented crew. Featuring several ex-members of RARE, it makes sense why the game gives us Banjo-Kazooie vibes.

Yooka-Laylee’s multiplatform release is set for April 11th. While hard copies for the PS4 will be hard to find (pre-orders sold out at lightning speed), you can still pre-order a digital copy over on the PlayStation store.

There are so many phenomenal indie games coming to the PlayStation this year that it's difficult narrowing our list down to 9 standout titles. What indies are you excited to play on the PS4? Let us know in the comments below!

While you're there, be sure to brush up on the confirmed list of indie games releasing to the Nintendo Switch, recap the 8 must-play indie horror games of 2017, and check out 5 indie games like The Forest for Xbox One.