From Sony's first unveiling of the PlayStation 4 in February to its E3 press conference in June and beyond, the company has been heavily touting its new console as a haven for indie developers looking to easily get their games on next-generation living room hardware. So when Sony invited us out to a massive preview event in New York City, we weren't shocked to see quite a number of indie titles (and indie-influenced titles from some major publishers) given prominent positions among the big-name AAA releases.
These are the titles we decided to focus on with our hands-on time at the event, saving the larger releases for more thorough playthroughs with the system at home. Most of the ten titles profiled below won't be part of the launch lineup when the PS4 arrives in North America later this week, but they all represent some interesting ideas coming to the console in the near future thanks to Sony's indie outreach.
Don't let the title fool you... there are a lot more than 1,001 spikes in this game.
Any gaming masochists waiting for Dark Souls II or desperate for a true spiritual successor to Super Meat Boy should definitely keep an eye on this platformer. 1001 Spikes explicitly sets out to recapture the old-school difficulty of classic NES games. You're given 1,001 lives to get through over 100 levels, which might sound like plenty, especially since each area is only a few screens long and can be completed in 30 seconds or so if you play perfectly.