Big things come in small packages.
Early in the year, we boldly declared 2012 the year of the indie game. With so many great titles being released this year, on every platform, the PC may be the platform with the strongest offerings. This year’s crop of Indie titles scared us, got us lost, gave us piles of loot and taught us that violence isn’t always the answer, among other things but one stood out above the rest.
And now, the winner of Best PC Indie is…
Developer: Runic Games
Review Score: 10/10
When it comes to dungeon crawlers, Torchlight 2 is as good as it gets. Runic Games have masterfully combined all of the elements that make up a great RPG, and then made it a lot of fun to play. What makes their achievement even more impressive is that when Torchlight 2 is inevitably compared with Diablo 3, it defeats it handily in just about every area, and it does it for a third of the price. With a smaller team. And it didn’t take twelve years to complete. Torchlight 2 is fun, beautiful and addictive; what more could you ask for?
Legend of Grimrock – “Whether you’re a fan of classic PC dungeon crawlers, looking to play one but can’t run any of the old games on your new PC, or just looking for something that’s different you won’t be disappointed with Legend of Grimrock. Almost Human have lovingly resurrected a dead genre and added just the right amount of modern elements. While the pace might not be quite what some gamers are looking for, there is a lot to love inside these bleak halls.”
Hotline Miami – “Aside from it’s quirky controls and minor bugs, Hotline Miami delivers a well designed, and well written, experience that I had a lot of fun with. Like a David Lynch movie, Hotline Miami will leave you feeling like you’re pretty sure you enjoyed it, but your head still kind of hurts and you’re not exactly certain of what you just witnessed. For $9.99, this is a roller coaster you should definitely ride; even though you can see it making some of the other riders sick.”
Orcs Must Die 2 – “For $15, Orcs Must Die 2 includes an all new 15 level Campaign, Endless Mode, Classic Mode, two player online co-op, plenty of new traps, weapons and enemies and a much deeper upgrade system. If you didn’t enjoy what Orcs Must Die had to offer then I don’t think this one will do anything to change your mind, but it is definitely a must have for anyone who loved it. If you want to call it an expansion and not a sequel then that’s fine, I’ll agree with you. I don’t really care what you want to call it, I’ve been having more fun with Orcs Must Die 2 than most $60 games I’ve played this year and I will gladly pay $15 for any “expansion” that comes packed full of so much great content.”
Lone Survivor – “Lone Survivor is a must buy for all Survival Horror fans and at just $10 (both direct and on Steam) the price is more than right. While the pixel art style graphics may have turned some of you away already I assure you they’re one of the highlights of the game, if only you’ll look a little deeper. Lone Survivor serves to remind us that solid game design trumps million dollar special effects any day.”
Award Categories: Best PC Indie, Best Strategy Game, Best Puzzle Game, Best Sports Game, Best Racing Game, Best Co-op Game, Best RPG – Stay tuned for more awards all the way up to our Game of the Year.
Editor’s Note: The winning game is picked by the entire staff and not based solely on individual review scores.