GameSpew’s Top 10 Indie Games of 2017

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

Hellblade

Available on PC and PS4
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Ninja Theory has a history of making games which we feel are underappreciated. Kung Fu Chaos, Enslaved and DmC were all games that we absolutely adored, yet despite generally being liked by critics, they perhaps didn’t perform as well at retail as they should have done. Ninja Theory’s latest release, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, thankfully hasn’t suffered the same fate.

Placing you in control of the titular Senua, Hellblade is a gruelling cinematic adventure that grips you from the outset and doesn’t let go until the credits roll. On a quest to save her lover’s soul, Senua’s personal demons are portrayed in way that’s never been quite so brilliantly accomplished before. Harrowing visions and alarming voices hinder your progress, but it’s the spectacular performance by Melina Juergens that brings it all together, making it one of the most memorable experiences of recent years.


Cosmic Star Heroine

Cosmic Star Heroine Header

Available on PS4 and PC
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They don’t make JRPGs quite like they used to do, but Zeboyd Games’ Cosmic Star Heroine took us back to the time when they were great.

Okay, so Cosmic Star Heroine isn’t actually a JRPG as it wasn’t made in Japan, but in terms of style and gameplay it absolutely nails it. Cosmic Star Heroine‘s 16-bit visuals are a treat, and the soundtrack quite simply has to be heard to be appreciated, though what makes it really stand out is its unique combat system. Turn-based, it reminds us of titles like Suikoden, but thanks to its own unique twists it has more depth and requires more strategy. The only thing that holds it back from true greatness is perhaps its story, which can be a little too goofy at times, but otherwise, Cosmic Star Heroine is a great throwback to a genre that just isn’t what it used to be.