GameSpew’s Top 10 Indie Games of 2017

West of Loathing

Available on PC
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In the age of 4K HDR and realistic graphics, the idea of a line-drawn game about stick figures actually being any good seems ludicrous. And yet, that’s exactly what West of Loathing is. It’s a simplified RPG, that’s all black and white line drawings. It’s like something you could throw together in Microsoft Paint in a few minutes… but it doesn’t matter. It’s brilliant not in spite of that, but because of that.

West of Loathing is proof that a game doesn’t need to be cutting edge to be brilliant. It just needs to be unique and well made, and this definitely is. It’s a simple adventure, sure, with basic quests and simple turn-based combat, but there’s plenty of places to visit, tonnes of loot to collect, and lots of interesting folk to meet along the way. The writing of West of Loathing may be the one stand-out element; it’s incredibly funny from start to finish.


Nex Machina

Available on PC and PS4
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GUNS. LASERS. ACTION. SHOOTING. Nex Machina has it all – and then some. From Housemarque, creators of Resogun and Alienation, it was bound to be a high-octane neon epic, and it certainly didn’t fail to deliver. It’s shorter and simpler than some of Housemarque’s previous titles, but that’s not to its detriment. Nex Machina is 100% on the action; levels are short and fast-paced, with the game leading you from one to the next with barely a second to catch your breath in between.

Nobody can do a top-down shooter quite like Housemarque, and Nex Machina is testament to the team’s talent. It’s a perfect balance of energy, colour and firepower, put together in a just-sized package that you can pick up and play in short bursts… or binge all day until your eyeballs melt. We opted for the latter and do not regret it.