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These Are the Best Indie Games of 2011 Just as its sister site ModDB picks the top PC gaming mods of the year, IndieDB rounds out the year with a countdown of the top independently developed games of the year. Think of it as a shopping list to help establish your indie gaming cred. How many of the top ten have you played?



Me? I've only gotten around to experiencing half of the ten games voted by IndieDB community members as the best independent games of the year. I've spent a great many hours exploring the world of Bastion, as everyone should. Stephen got me into SpaceChem after raving about the iPhone version of the game. Trine 2 from Frozenbyte was a no-brainer, considering my great love of the original, and Minecraft-meets-FPS Ace of Spades was personally responsible for several near-oversleep situations over the past few months.



As for the number one game, the 2D building, exploring, and surviving action of Terraria...I'm ashamed to say I hadn't played it at all, at least until this morning, when I plunked down five dollars for a copy on Steam. I'm enjoying it so much right now that this post was nearly incredibly late.



Hit up the list to see not only the top ten, but the top 100 indie games of 2011 and beyond, and start building your shopping list.



IOTY Players Choice - Indie of the Year [IndieDB]


Kotaku

Trine 2, L.A. Noire, Sonic CD New This Week on the PlayStation StoreThis week on the PlayStation store, we've got a bunch of new stuff—the gut-check approved Trine 2 is available as a download, as is the venerable Sonic CD and a digital version of the popular party game Apples to Apples. L.A. Noire joins a hefty list of full-game downloads, along with a ton of updates and bundles for just about every game ever.



Rock Band gets some more Hendrix, which is always a Good Thing, as well as some Alien Ant Farm, which while not as universally accepted as a Good Thing are still a fun band. Plenty of bonuses for PlayStation Plus subscribers as well.



Read the full list below:


Games & Demos for PlayStation 3


Apples To Apples ($9.99)

Trine 2 ($14.99)

Sonic CD ($4.99)

NCAA Football 12 ($59.99)

L.A. Noire ($31.99)

Just Cause 2 ($24.99)

Brothers In Arms: Hell's Highway ($29.99)

Prince Of Persia: The Forgotten Sands ($19.99)



Game Demos


Trine 2 Demo

Scene It? Movie Night Demo

Sonic CD Game Demo

Apples To Apples Demo



Add-ons & Expansions


Street Fighter III: Third Strike Online Edition DLC Pack (Bundle) ($6.99)

LittleBigPlanet 2 Add Ons (x6) ($1.99 – $5.99)

SingStar Bundle Packs (x7) ($6.99 each)

Gran Turismo 5 Course Pack Family Upgrade (free)

Gran Turismo 5 Racing Car Pack Family Upgrade (free)

Gran Turismo 5 Car Pack 2 ($3.99)

MotorStorm Apocalypse Holiday Livery (free)

WHITE KNIGHT CHRONICLES 2: White Knight Chronicles II – LANTERN (10 – 30) ($1.99 each)

Goldeneye 007: Reloaded – Emilio Largo (free)

Need For Speed: The Run – Signature Edition Booster Pack ($2.99)

Ace Combat Assault Horizon Add Ons (x14) (free – $14.99 each)

Renegade Ops Coldstrike Campaign ($4.99)

Renegade Ops: Vehicle Pack ($2.99)

Elevator Action HD – Additional Character 3 – Original (free)

Champion Jockey – Special Pack ($2.99)

Dynasty Warriors 7 Xtreme Legends Add Ons (x3) ($0.99 – $2.99 each)

Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine Add Ons (x5) ($2.99 – $9.99 each)

Dungeon Defenders: The Quest For The Lost Eternia Shards: Part 1 ($3.99)

Rocksmith – Free Holiday 2011 Song Pack (free)

Batman Arkham City Add Ons (x3) (free – $14.99 each)

Magic 2012 Foil Add Ons (x8) ($0.99 each)

Magic The Gathering: Duels Of The Planeswalkers 2012 Deck (Pack 1 – 2) ($2.99 each)



Rock Band 3 tracks



  • "All Along the Watchtower" – The Jimi Hendrix Experience ($1.99)

  • "Gypsy Eyes" – The Jimi Hendrix Experience ($1.99)

  • "Long Hot Summer Night" – The Jimi Hendrix Experience ($1.99)

  • "Angel" – Jimi Hendrix ($1.99)

  • "Dolly Dagger" – Jimi Hendrix ($1.99)

  • "Voodoo Child (Slight Return) (Live)" – Jimi Hendrix ($1.99)

  • "Freedom" – Jimi Hendrix ($1.99)

  • "Courage" – Alien Ant Farm ($1.99)

  • "Cry of an Eagle" – Free Spirit ($1.99)

  • "Echo" – Dance for the Dying ($0.99)

  • "Selkies: The Endless Obsession" – Between the Buried and Me ($1.99)

  • "Show Me What You've Got" – Powerman 5000 ($1.99)

  • Experience Jimi Hendrix Pack 01 ($10.99) – Build your Rock Band library by purchasing this song game album: Experience Jimi Hendrix Pack 01. This pack includes 4 songs by Jimi Hendrix and 3 songs by The Jimi Hendrix Experience.


Game Videos


Need For Speed The Run Signature Edition Booster Pack (Trailer)

Yakuza: Dead Souls – How To Kill A Zombie Trailer

Pulse 12/20 Edition

Starhawk From Warhawk to Starhawk

GT Academy USA Episode 1-5

Dew Tour 2011 – Las Vegas (1-5)

Dew Tour 2011 – Salt Lake City (1-4)



Themes, Wallpapers & Avatars


Crazy Taxi Static Theme (free)

Sega Bass Fishing Static Theme (free)

Sonic Adventure Static Theme (free)

Space Channel 5 Part 2 Static Theme (free)

Dynasty Warriors 7 – Custom Theme Wang Yuan Ji (free)

Dynasty Warriors 7 – Lu Xun Theme (free)

Dynasty Warriors 7 – Xiahou Dun Theme (free)

Destinations: Madagascar Paradise Dynamic Theme ($2.99)

Utherworlds: Aadyasha Dynamic Theme ($2.99)

Utherworlds: Reckoning Day Dynamic Theme ($2.99)

Utherworlds: Language Of Fear Dynamic Theme ($2.99)

Utherworlds: Christmas Town Dynamic Theme ($2.99)

Utherworlds: Cohabitations Dynamic Theme ($2.99)

Honey Badger Static Theme ($1.99)

Dynamic New Years Theme ($2.99)

Earth View Dynamic Theme ($2.99)

A World Of Moving Shapes Dynamic Theme ($2.99)

Burgerbrained Dynamic Theme ($2.99)

Charlie's Awfully Big Dynamic Theme ($2.99)

Cosmic Pencil Dynamic Theme ($2.99)

Fantasy Mountains Dynamic Theme ($2.99)

Eyelevator Dynamic Theme ($2.99)

Flicker Dynamic Theme ($2.99)

If You Go Down To The Woods Dynamic Theme ($2.99)

Lake Of Sorrows Dynamic Theme ($2.99)

Play Dynamic Theme ($2.99)

Spawn Dynamic Theme ($2.99)

Superfeierbend Dynamic Theme ($2.99)

Armageddon Riders Merry Xmas Wallpaper



PlayStation Store for PSP


Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 (Digital) ($19.99)

Cars 2: The Video Game PSP Demo

Patapon 3 Mission Pack 3 (free)

Orbit – Minis ($3.49)

P.O.W. – Prisoners Of War ($2.99)

Prehistoric Isle ($2.99)



PSP Bundles


101-In-1 Megamix+Fading Shadows Bundle ($13.99)

Arcade Essentials + Arcade Essentials Evolution Bundle ($6.99)

Jewel Keepers + Urbanimix Bundle ($5.99)



PS one Classics


Centipede ($5.99)



Sales, Price Drops & Bundles


Street Fighter III: Third Strike Online Edition Complete Pack ($19.99)

Dragon's Lair Trilogy Bundle ($19.99)

L.A. Noire Complete Edition Bundle ($34.99)

Just Cause 2 Ultimate Edition ($29.99)

Section 8: Prejudice – Holiday Bundle ($10.49)

Sonic Adventure Bundle ($11.99)

Resident Evil 5: Untold Stories Bundle (Sale) (now $4.99, original price $12.49)

Alpha Protocol Gear Pack (Sale) (now $5.99, original price $14.99)

Section 8: Prejudice Blitz Pack (Sale) (now $2.09, original price $ 2.99)

Section 8: Prejudice Overdrive Map Pack (Sale) (now $2.79, original price $3.99)

Section 8: Prejudice: Frontier Colonies Map Pack (Sale) (now $2.79, original price $3.99)

1942: Joint Strike (Sale) (now $4.99, original price $9.99)

Age Of Booty (Sale) (now $2.99, original price $4.99)

Bionic Commando Rearmed 2 (Sale) (now $4.99, original price $14.99)

Bionic Commando: Rearmed (Sale) (now $4.99, original price $9.99)

Final Fight/Double Impact (Sale) (now $4.99, original price $9.99)

Flock (Sale) (now $4.99, original price $9.99)

Resident Evil 5 Gold Edition (Digital) (Sale) (now $19.99, original price $29.99)

Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo (Sale) (now $4.99, original price $9.99)

Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix (Sale) (now $4.99, original price $9.99)

Wolf Of The Battlefield: Commando 3 (Sale) (now $2.99, original price $4.99)

Grandia (Sale) (now $5.99, original price $9.99)

Blokus (Sale) (now $1.99, original price $4.99)

Earthworm Jim HD (Sale) (now $2.99, original price $9.99)

Modern Combat: Domination (Sale) (now $2.99, original price $7.99)

Bomberman Ultra (Sale) (now $4.99, original price $9.99)

Trine (Sale) (now $4.99, original price $9.99)

L.A. Noire (PS3) (Sale) (now $31.99, original price $39.99)

L.A. Noire Complete Edition Bundle (Sale) (now $34.99, original price $49.99)

Red Dead Redemption Digital And Undead Nightmare Collection Bundle (Sale) (now $34.99, original price $49.99)

Daytona USA (Sale) (now $6.99, original price $9.99)

Renegade Ops (Sale) (now $11.99, original price $14.99)

Sega Bass Fishing (Sale) (now $6.99, original price $9.99)

Sega Rally Online Arcade (Sale) (now $5.99, original price $9.99)

Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode I (Sale) (now $6.99, original price $9.99)

Space Channel 5 Part 2 (Sale) (now $6.99, original price $9.99)

Armageddon Riders (Sale) (now $6.99, original price $9.99)

Homefront (Sale) (now $19.99, original price $29.99)

Cuboid (Sale) (now $4.99, original price $9.99)

Interpol: The Trail Of Dr. Chaos (Sale) (now $4.99, original price $9.99)

Magic Orbz (Sale) (now $4.99, original price $6.99)

Mahjong Tales: Ancient Wisdom (Sale) (now $4.99, original price $9.99)

Wakeboarding HD (Sale) (now $4.99, original price $9.99)

Hamsterball (Sale) (now $4.99, original price $9.99)

Ricochet HD (Sale) (now $4.99, original price $9.99)

Far Cry 2 – Digital (Price Change) (now $19.99, original price $29.99)

Activision Hits Remixed (Sale) (now $7.49, original price $14.99)

Bakugan: Defenders Of The Core (Sale) (now $9.99, original price $19.99)

Cabela's African Safari (Sale) (now $7.49, original price $14.99)

Cabela's Dangerous Hunts Ultimate Challenge (Sale) (now $7.49, original price $14.99)

Cabela's North American Adventures (Sale) (now $9.99, original price $19.99)

Crash Bandicoot: Mind Over Mutant (Sale) (now $9.99, original price $29.99)

Crash Of The Titans (Sale) (now $9.99, original price $19.99)

Crash Tag Team Racing (Sale) (now $7.49, original price $14.99)

Gun: Showdown (Sale) (now $7.49, original price $14.99)

Monster Jam: Path Of Destruction (Sale) (now $9.99, original price $19.99)

Rapala Pro Bass Fishing (Sale) (now $9.99, original price $19.99)

Rapala Trophies (Sale) (now $7.49, original price $14.99)

Swat: Target Liberty (Sale) (now $9.99, original price $19.99)

Doodle Pool (Price Change) (now $0.99, original price $4.99)

Retro Cave Flyer (Price Change) (now $0.99, original price $4.99)

Zombie Racers (Price Change) (now $0.99, original price $6.99)

Capcom Classics Collection Reloaded (Sale) (now $4.99, original price $9.99)

Capcom Classics Collection Remixed Umd Legacy (Sale) (now $4.99, original price $9.99)

Capcom Puzzle World Umd Legacy (Sale) (now $4.99, original price $9.99)

Darkstalkers: Chaos Towers Umd Legacy (Sale) (now $4.99, original price $9.99)

Fate Unlimited Codes (Sale) (now $9.99, original price $19.99)

Mega Man Maverick Hunter X Umd Legacy (Sale) (now $4.99, original price $9.99)

Monster Hunter Freedom Unite Digital (Sale) (now $9.99, original price $19.99)

Power Stone Collection Legacy (Sale) (now $4.99, original price $9.99)

Street Fighter Alpha 3 Max Legacy (Sale) (now $4.99, original price $5.99)

Ultimate Ghosts N Goblins Umd Legacy (Sale) (now $4.99, original price $9.99)

5-In-1 Arcade Hits (Sale) (now $0.99, original price $3.99)

Blimp: The Flying Adventures (Sale) (now $0.99, original price $1.99)

Minisquadron (Sale) (now $0.99, original price $1.99)

One Epic Game (Sale) (now $0.99, original price $1.99)

The Impossible Game (Sale) (now $0.99, original price $2.99)



Qore


Qore Episode 43: December, 2011



PlayStation Plus

































Free minis:A Space Shooter for 2 Bucks! (mini)
Full Game Trials:Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway



NCAA Football 12



Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
Discounted PSN Games:Renegade Ops – 25% off



SEGA Bass Fishing – 30% off



Sonic Adventure (Game + Add-On) – 25% off



Sonic 4: Episode 1 – 30% off



SONIC'S HOLIDAY BUNDLE– 25% off



Space Channel 5 Part 2 – 30% off



Tales of Monkey Island Bundle – 75% off
Discounted PS3 Full Games:LA NOIRE Bundle/Complete Edition – 30% off



Red Dead Redemption Full Bundle – 30% off
Discounted minis:Prehistoric Isle – 20% off



P.O.W. – Prisoners Of War- 20% off
Free Avatars:PlayStation Plus Xmas Bones Avatar



PlayStation Plus Snowflake Avatar



PlayStation Plus Reindeer Avatar



PlayStation Plus Ski Skull Avatar
Discounted Themes:A World of Moving Shapes Dynamic Theme – 20% off



Burgerbrained Dynamic Theme – 20% off



Charlie's Awfully Big Dynamic Theme – 20% off



Cosmic Pencil Dynamic Theme – 20% off



Fantasy Mountains Dynamic Theme – 20% off



Eyelevator Dynamic Theme – 20% off



Flicker Dynamic Theme – 20% off



If You Go Down to the Woods Dynamic Theme – 20% off



Lake of Sorrows Dynamic Theme – 20% off



Play Dynamic Theme – 20% off



Spawn Dynamic Theme – 20% off



Superfeierbend Dynamic Theme – 20% off
Product Update - Valve
v1.10 - December 20, 2011

Technical:

- fixed bouncy + dynamic objects blocking ("flying animation" on mushrooms etc)
- fixed Thief and Knight cursors sometimes missing (Happy Holidays, Jukka! :) )
- fixed Wizard's objects breaking underwater (now allowed)
- fixed standing on the edge of hatches
- fixed experience orbs spawned by enemies sometimes flying into the sky (now directed to the player)

Controllers:

- fixed jump double binding (W/space) issue
- fixed menu slider usage on gamepads

Usability:

- fixed ESC/return in Join online game menu
- fixed some menu texts (localization)

Mac:

- fixed Mac fonts during cutscenes
- fixed some black planes (not all) that appear on some Macs

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Jim Rossignol)

Listen, I know you are a busy person, so I’ll just leave this link here. It’s the Steam page for Trine 2. There’s a demo on there. It works on PC and Mac. It’s about as pretty as that pretty girl from your halcyon schooldays, you know>, the one carved out of pretty, with nice hair. It really is that pretty. Read more about the game in this fine review, and then perhaps play yourself? Eh? Why not, it’s Saturday, after all. I don’t really believe you are that> busy. You’ve probably got the day off.

Product Update - Valve
v1.09 - December 15, 2011

Technical:

- added Alt+F4 support
- added WindowTitleBar user option for hiding the title bar in windowed mode (only available in options.txt)
- fixed a couple of crashes

Controllers:

- tweaked server list when using a gamepad

Multiplayer:

- fixed listing of full games in the server list

Mac:

- fixed Brightness slider in Visual Settings

Kotaku

Should You Buy Trine 2? Yes.Co-op platformer Trine was one of my favourite games of 2009. Judging by the cult following it's developed since then, I'm not alone in my fondness.



Two years later, the game is back for a sequel, one that, on the surface at least, promises to add very little to the formula already laid down by the first game. Who can say whether this makes it worth your time and money? Our guts can, that's who.



Luke Plunkett, who loves Trine 2 more than Trine 1: Oops. Kinda giving the game away there with that opener. Ah well, who needs suspense in an informal appraisal when your heart is so full of love and admiration for the little platformer series that could?



While other games have been technically more impressive in the visuals department in 2011, none for me can match how beautiful Trine 2 looks. It's an over-saturated wonderland that is often the game's fourth character, stopping you dead in your tracks to admire a bleeding sunset or a swinging lantern or the swirling mists of a shimmering, emerald jungle.



Not much has changed, granted, aside from the welcome jump to three-player online co-op. You're still controlling the same three characters who have largely the same toolset at their disposal. You play as one of them (or co-operatively you can team up), and have to juggle who is best for which particular situation or challenge. But the core concept of Trine was never its problem. It was a solid foundation, one that allowed for both freedom and organic puzzle-solving and that helped the game stand out.



Trine's only problem was that first time around it felt a little cheap in places. Not so second time around. There's a level of polish and professionalism to Trine 2 that gives its gameplay the accompaniment it deserves, your globe-trotting tale much better-told, the characters much more elegantly fleshed-out.



Trine 2 has come out at a time of year when it's in danger of being over-looked while people sink hours into Skyrim, Battlefield or Modern Warfare. Which is a shame. Because if you appreciate a little thinking with your platforming and some of the best-looking visuals around, you should be sinking some hours into Trine 2 as well. It's a definite Yes.





Michael Fahey, who often suspects there's a lanky mage and a sultry female rogue lurking inside him: Gorgeous, quirky, inventive, and endlessly entertaining (until the end, of course), the original Trine was very close to being the ultimate realization of how wondrous a 2D platformer could be if a developer put its minds and resources to it. That puts Trine 2 incredibly close to being the ultimate realization of how wondrous a 2D platformer could be with a cherry on top. It's a feast for the eyes, a treat for the brain, and for those of you with two handy friends, a delightful weekend of multiplayer mayhem in the making. Yes.


Brian Ashcraft, who played Trine and liked it okay: Trine 2 is out already, and for some reason, I haven't picked it up. I'm not sure why. The first Trine was a great little game.



Trine 2 looks to be great, too. The trailers and gameplay footage look absolutely stunning. The thing that I can't comment on, because I haven't played it, is the gameplay. But even if the gameplay totally stinks, I probably should buy this anyway—just to look at it. So should you. Yes.






Gut Check is an off-the-cuff impression of what we think of a game: what we'd tell a friend; how we'd respond on Twitter or Facebook or over a beer if someone asked us "Would you buy this game?" Our lead writer, who has played a lot of the game, decides. Other writers chime in for additional points of view.
Product Update - Valve
Trine 2
v1.08 - December 14, 2011

Technical:

- added framerate cap (Visual Settings -> FPS cap)
- fixed several crashes
- fixed Bonecrusher AI which couldn't hit the player in certain situations
- fixed swimming problems
- fixed Visual Settings menu reset to reset all options properly
- fixed some stuttering issues (e.g. on ATI CrossFire)
- fixed getting damage incorrectly when blocking falling rocks with the shield

Multiplayer:

- added full games to server list
- fixed chat messages disappearing when upgrade menu was opened
- fixed chat to support Russian (and other Unicode) characters properly
- fixed character change issues in online multiplayer when using keyboard + mouse
- fixed server list profile button problems (changes join logic to be mouse double click instead of single click)
- fixed framerate issue with the scrollbar (server list)
- fixed removing first player in the host game / game settings menu (not allowed anymore)

Controllers:

- added support to override binds
- added support to turn off USB HID and XInput device detection (options.txt)
- fixed Thief's jump/climb up on rope issues
- fixed user binds deletion (now only deletes actual user binds, not everything in UserBinds directory)
- fixed swimming up on gamepads (pressing jump to swim up now works)
- fixed mouse cursor not being in the right place after input reset (Controller Config menu issue mostly)

Usability:

- added user interface hide toggle to F11
- hides the GUI (incl. menu & subtitles) for a few seconds for e.g.
screenshot purposes
- added a menu option to disable tooltips
- added a menu option to configure GUI size
- added a menu option to reduce the input lag (as opposed to options.txt)
- added Enter as menu navigation selection binding
- added user option HideAimIndicators which hides the players' aim indicators
- added a menu option to reset Control Settings menu

3D (NVIDIA 3D Vision):

- increased Stereo 3D Separation range in Visual Settings menu
- fixed player depth UI in Stereo 3D mode

Mac:

- added resolution detection to Mac launcher (2560x1440 should work)
- added support for vibration/rumble on gamepads and Xbox 360 Controller (with Colin Munro's drivers)
- fixed (possibly) some lighting issues on some Macs

Product Update - Valve
v1.07 - December 9 & 12, 2011
************************

Technical:

- added error message when render target creation fails
- added support for more mouse buttons in Configure menu
- added gamepad vibration multiplier support to options.txt

- fixed net sync issues (Jumbo Frames)
- fixed multiple crashes
- fixed save game corruption upon incompatible version (multiplayer)
- fixed Configure Controls menu to work properly with DirectInput pads
- fixed saving the last used controller for the first local player
- fixed default gamepad names
- fixed gamepad binds loading issue
- fixed various localizations

- tweaked loading screen; controller does not change anymore

- Mac: file deletion fix (Reset to default button)
- Mac: Xbox 360 Controller now works (but is not configurable yet)

Dec 9, 2011
Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alec Meer)

Dammit Jim, I'm a magician not a doctor

Frozenbyte’s magicky puzzler Trine 2 materialised on the internet a couple of days ago, having apparently not received the message that the industry isn’t allowed to release any videogames after the last week of November. I for one am glad of this flagrant rule-breaking, and have spent a while in its world of colour and physics. Here’s what I made of it. Also: group hug!>

I feel good! I feel great>, in fact. Trine 2′s ability to bring about instant tranquility has been oft-documented on this blog, but for once I’m not talking about its pretty colours, dreamy music and general air of goodwill. I’m taking about its puzzles. (more…)

Product Release - Valve
Trine 2 is Now Available on Steam for PC and Mac!

Sequel to the bestselling, side-scrolling game of action, puzzles and platforming where you play as one of Three Heroes who make their way through dangers untold in a fantastical fairytale world.

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