The games industry is a bit unique in that high-level executives are often consumer-facing personalities, creating an interesting scene around figures like Masahiro Sakurai and Shigeru Miyamoto. PlayStation’s Shuhei Yoshida is one such figure with a fan following, largely thanks to his appearances in PlayStation videos and his presence at industry events like E3.
Over on the PlayStation Blog, Yoshida shared a list of his favorite indie games from 2021. In total, Yoshida has 12 distinct items listed, the apparent goal being one for each month. While many of them are defining indie games for the year, or the past few years, in some cases, there are still a few surprises on the list.
The list of highlighted games on Yoshida’s list is Ender Lilies, Chicory: A Colorful Tale, Doki Doki Literature Club Plus!, Puzzling Places, F.I.S.T.: Forged in Shadow Torch, Hades, Kena: Bridge of Spirits, Song in the Smoke, Jett: The Far Show, Death’s Door, Solar Ash, and Among Us. It’s an impressive, and broad, list of games, one that has something for just about every type of gamer out there. Of course, there are also some anomalies on the list to mull over.
Hades was originally released to early access back in 2018, though it finally came to PlayStation and Xbox consoles in August of 2021, so it’s understandable that Yoshida listed it. Death’s Door isn’t much of a surprise, it’s been one of the defining indies of 2021, though it was a limited-time console exclusive for Xbox, which is interesting. Kena: Bridge of Spirits also made a big splash this year, even appearing at The Game Awards for a few different categories.
The other games on the haven’t made as big of an impact, but that certainly doesn’t invalidate their merits. Chicory, Doki Doki Literature Club, Solar Ash, and all the others have been well-regarded in their own right, helping fill out a year where many of the biggest games were delayed. If anything, Yoshida’s list does a stellar job of highlighting some of the best games of 2021, which some may have missed just because they’re small.
The indie game scene is often under-appreciated, though the coronavirus pandemic has given more gamers the chance to dive into them. It’s a positive in what has been a troubled few years, though hopefully it means more people playing indie games in the future.
Source: PlayStation Blog