All eyes today may be on the bigger E3 press conferences (like Ubisoft’s), but under-the-radar games deserve some love, too. Last weekend, the Guerrilla Collective showcase presented 40 indie games, marking an unofficial start of the E3 season. It returned today for a second showcase spotlighting another 40 or so games from independent developers. Here’s what went down:
- The 3D stealth game Aragami 2 is out September 17 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC. You have control over shadows, which sounds—and looks—very badass.
- Firegirl is a side-scrolling firefighting game in which you have to rescue civilians in various burning biomes, from skyscrapers to forest fires. No release date, but it’s planned for PC and consoles.
- Batora Lost Haven is a fantasy-inspired 3D action RPG with twin-stick combat and environmental puzzles reminiscent of Immortals Fenyx Rising. Release date TBA.
- I’m not sure what to make of Grime, an action RPG that developer Clover Bite showed off with a trailer that featured two humanoid creatures getting real cozy before…a black hole pops up. Weird. I’m into it.
- We got another trailer for BPM: Bullets Per Minute, an awesome music-based roguelite shooter. The game is currently out on PC, but it’s coming to PS4 and Xbox One this summer.
- Oh, no, I’m already over the moon for Akatori. Gorgeous pixel art, side-scrolling platforming, tight combat? Yeah, sign me up.
- Archvale, out later this year for Switch and PC, looks like a top-down Zelda-inspired adventure.
- Digging the art style of No Longer Home, an adventure game about “letting go of the life you’ve built due to circumstances beyond your control.” The demo currently out on Steam.
- Hunt the Night is a top-down fantasy action game with RPG elements, giant scary snakes, a ton of bats, and, honestly, a whole lot of other stuff that seems directly lifted from my nightmares!
- Today’s trailer for Black Book opened with a red-eyed crow popping out of some sort of portal, which initially seemed scary but then pivoted into some card-based battles and neat magical effects.
- Demon’s Mirror is a roguelike deck-builder planned for 2022.
- Neverwinter is getting a bard class.
- We’ve already told you about the dungeon-shifting roguelike Loot Winter, which, no surprise here, still looks fantastic. It’s planned for Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.
- Publisher 505 games showed off a trailer for Ghostrunner’s upcoming Switch release, which is out June 30. In case you haven’t heard: Ghostrunner freakin’ rules.
- The Light of the Darkness casts you as an angel—or, well, a human with wings—in a dark fantasy side-scrolling action game.
- In Slime Heroes, you and a friend take up the mantle as one of gaming’s most ubiquitous enemies: the slimes, who get to try their…not-hands at sword-swinging, spell-casting, and other typical 3D action fare.
- Demon Turf, a 3D platformer featuring 2D characters, is out for PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, PS5, and the Switch later this year. I’m getting some Scott Pilgrim game…
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