Our 10 Favorite Indies From The PlayStation Experience 2015

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With plenty of recently released and upcoming games on display, Sony's PlayStation Experience expo is full of enthusiasm. It also is a great place to get a sense of the indie scene. This year's indie games were spread throughout different sections of two show floors, instead of just having a sweeping section like last year. From quirky premises to Metroidvania gameplay, these are the indie games that caught our eye.

 RandallDeveloper: We The Force Studios
Estimated Release: 2016
Platform: PlayStation 4, PC 

Randall is a 3D Metroidvania platformer that's adding its own spin by letting you take control of enemies (including bosses) and use their abilities to navigate the world. In Randall, your main character can't remember anything and is guided by a strange voice in his head, but can this unknown narrator be trusted? The platforming is tight and fast, reminding me of Super Meat Boy, but it also has a robust combat system and some cool puzzle elements like using enemies to get you around levels For instance, you can toss an enemy on spikes and then jump on him to the next platform. You also earn any extra skills the enemy has when you mount it, giving you everything from the ability to fly to deadly lasers.Kimberley Wallace

The Most Impressive Sights From The 2015 PlayStation Experience Show Floor

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The Most Impressive Sights From The 2015 PlayStation Experience Show Floor

Right now, Sony's second annual PlayStation Experience is in full swing and we are on hand for all the excitement. This year, the show moved to San Francisco, taking up three floors at the Moscone Center. Fans rushed to form lines for popular games like Dark Souls III and Far Cry Primal, while a steady crowd formed throughout the aisles of indies. Since not everyone can make it out on the show floor, we snapped some pictures to give you an idea of the experience.

As expected, Dark Souls III is taunting everyone with blood and death. 

A real Lego Yellow Brick Road.

Learn More About The Sparrow Racing League Event In Destiny

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Learn More About The Sparrow Racing League Event In Destiny

From the first time I played Destiny during its alpha test, I've loved how the Sparrows feel. Though they serve as a fun way to traverse the various planets, I always pined for a mode centered more on them. With the introduction of Sparrow Racing League, I'm finally getting that wish. Ahead of the event's start, I went hands-on with the new racing mode to see if it lives up to the potential.

In this limited mode, you compete against five other players over the course of three laps. Navigating through the slaloming gates spread throughout the course gives you speed boosts; a crucial thing if you hope to even come close to the top spot. Even if you don't grab first place, simply completing races provides random drops to all players. Bungie hopes this can be a good alternative to raiding for those who want to raise their light levels through other avenues, as some of the drops can possess high levels of light. Though there aren't any end-of-match rewards for placing first in these races, you'll come across bounties that reward you for certain accomplishments in the Sparrow Racing League.

All The News (So Far) From The 2015 PlayStation Experience

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Today marks the beginning of the the second annual PlayStation Experience, and Sony had a number of trailers and announcements out of the gate.

Below you will find a round-up of everything to come out of the show so far. We will update this story with additional previews and news as the show moves forward, so keep an eye out.

Announcements, Previews, and Trailers

Rounding Up Sony's PlayStation Experience Indie Announcements And Trailers

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Rounding Up Sony's PlayStation Experience Indie Announcements And Trailers

Sony had a number of indie game announcements during its PlayStation Experience press conference today, and we've rounded them up in one place.

Indie, or course, does not necessarily always imply the literal translation of the word, but rather defines a smaller, more artistic game made by a small group of creators. Here's what was featured during Sony's press conference today.

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Replay – Gex 3: Deep Cover Gecko

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While the N64 rightfully receives a ton of praise for its library of acclaimed 3D platformers, the original PlayStation had some great franchises of its own. From Crash Bandicoot to Spyro the Dragon, fans of PlayStation had plenty to enjoy when it came to polygonal platform jumping. One of the games that came out of that boom is Gex 3: Deep Cover Gecko.

Though it was pretty good for its time (we scored it an 8 out of 10 back in 1999), it hasn't aged so gracefully. Luckily for you, we brave the awkward camera controls, cringe-worthy one-liners, and rough soundtrack for your viewing pleasure. It's not great.

Stick around for the rest of the episode to see us play a few matches of the original Tekken and then watch the final cutscenes for each character. We hope you enjoy the episode!

Rainbow Six: Siege – 30 Tips To Keep You Alive

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Rainbow Six Siege hit shelves a few days ago and we've been hard at work playing and analyzing the game, figuring out the best strategies that'll lead you to victory. The truth of the matter is that Siege is a game dripping with tension and uncertainty, where the outcome is often based on quick reflexes just as much as it's determined by careful planning. That said, we've got a plethora of advice of here that might just make the difference between you winning and losing.

General Tips

These little nuggets of advice apply to the game whether you're playing as attackers or defenders.

Ranking The Entire Assassin’s Creed Series

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Ranking The Entire Assassin’s Creed Series

The Assassin’s Creed series has been around for eight years – not a lot of time when compared to industry veterans like Super Mario and Metal Gear. In that relatively short timespan, the series has become an annual fixture, reliably hitting store shelves with one new title (at least) every holiday season. As a result, we certainly have no shortage of Assassin’s Creed games, but how do they stack up against each other?

Ubisoft’s stealth/action juggernaut has some excellent entries, but the levels of quality and polish can vary from one year to the next. That’s why we ranked our favorite installments, highlighting the best moments and critical flaws in each.

Note: This list focuses on the titles we consider part of the main series. This means that various spin-off experiments (like Assassin’s Creed Chronicles) and expanded fiction (like the comic books) are intentionally excluded.

Thinking Of Investing In Psychonauts 2? Here Are Some Things To Know

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Ever since its release in 2005, fans have been clamoring for a sequel to Double Fine's charming 3D platformer, Psychonauts. Last night at The Game Awards, Double Fine announced that it hopes to finally deliver a sequel, but it's going to need some help from fans.

Rather than pursue a traditional publishing arrangement like it had with Majesco a decade ago, Double Fine is following its trend of crowdfunding. This time, it'll be using the new Fig platform, which includes Double Fine's Tim Schafer, Obsidian’s Feargus Urquhart, inXile’s Brian Fargo, and Harmonix’s Alex Rigopolus on the advisory board. Fig is different than Kickstarter because it only features one game at a time and also allows investment in addition to traditional backing.

The campaign is off to a strong start, bringing in more than $1 million from investors and traditional backers in the first 24 hours. It also marks the first time non-accredited investors (those who don’t have a net worth of at least $1 million and earn more than $200,000 per year) can earn a return should they choose. For those that don’t meet the lofty accreditation requirements, for the first time, investment opportunities are available between $1,000 and $10,000. The amount you're legally allowed to invest is based on a calculation that takes into account your net worth and annual income.