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Best Indie Game of 2015

Best Indie Game of 2015 - Article

by Evan Norris , posted on 07 January 2016 / 4,877 Views

It's amazing what indie games can do. With relatively small budgets and staff, indie developers often manage to produce gameplay experiences that are as good, if not better, than many big-budget blockbuster titles. In 2015 we saw plenty of worthy contenders for best indie game of the year, and everyone got in on the action, from Xbox One, to Wii U, PlayStation 4, and PC users.

We saw throwback RPGs, tactical shooters, party games, action platformers, and sports games. Picking a winning game from so many different genres and experiences wasn't easy, but at long last we decided on a worthy champion.

 

The Nominees:

 

Undertale

 Undertale

 

Rocket League

 Rocket League

 

Ori and the Blind Forest

 Ori

 

Runbow

Runbow

 

Not a Hero

Not a Hero

 

 

 

 

 

And the Winner is...

 

 

Rocket League

Winner: Rocket League

Community's Choice - Rocket League (31% of the votes)

With a bizarre premise - playing soccer with rocket-powered cars - and easy-to-learn controls, Rocket League, at first glance, doesn't seem like something that would be worthy of winning the best of anything. But those accessible controls mask a deeply tactical game and that premise, strange as it is, is surprisingly effective and addictive. When the game launched in July on Windows PC and PS4, hundreds of thousands of gamers - VGChartz staff included - fell in love with this physics-based vehicle soccer game in a way that they hadn't with its 2008 predecessor, Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars.

With plenty of online and local multiplayer options, as well as a constant helping of new content (both free and paid-for), Rocket League will no doubt continue to remain popular throughout 2016. Congratulations to Psyonix for striking gold with Rocket League; our pick for best indie game of 2015.


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21 Comments
Protendo (on 07 January 2016)

Pillars of Eternity not even mentioned?

What a joke.

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Mike321 (on 07 January 2016)

I'm shocked Undertale didn't won, but rocket league deserves it as well.

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Angelv577 (on 08 January 2016)

well deserved.

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LipeJJ (on 07 January 2016)

Well deserved!

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Darwinianevolution (on 07 January 2016)

First place I've seen where Rocket League beat Undertale in the Best Indie category.

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Teeqoz Darwinianevolution (on 07 January 2016)

Rocket League got the Best Indie award at The Game Awards.

  • +4

True, I didn't remember that :P

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Goodnightmoon (on 07 January 2016)

Fast Racing Neo was not nominated? O_o

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StokedUp (on 08 January 2016)

Nice one rocket league! Well deserved!

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Arfen (on 07 January 2016)

I miss a mention to Affordable space adventure. A gratis game. Honorable mentions: Sunless sea, Dead sincronacity, Prune, Cibele, Her Story, Nuclear throne...

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thepurplewalrus (on 07 January 2016)

I love both Rocket League and Undertale, but you can probably tell by my profile picture which of the two I think should've won.

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cfin2987@gmail.com (on 09 January 2016)

Great a Rollcage ripoff that only covered a small part of Rollcage has won.

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Rogerioandrade (on 08 January 2016)

wait.... not a single mention of Fast RAcing Neo ?

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Ljink96 (on 08 January 2016)

Wow, there was some fierce competition in this category! Indies have come a long way.

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armodillo17 (on 08 January 2016)

Every time I see something about Ori and the Blind Forrest, I get irritated that I can't play it. Ugh.

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Cloudman (on 08 January 2016)

Don't worry Undertale baby, you got my vote ; )

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SWORDF1SH (on 08 January 2016)

I loved this game since I had SARPBC for free on PS-Plus years ago. The game is so addictive.

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StarDoor (on 07 January 2016)

Undertale should have won.

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DivinePaladin StarDoor (on 07 January 2016)

It got GOAT on gamefaqs, it doesn't need any other awards. Let Rocket League have its moment in the sun as irrelevant award winner on an underpopulated site.

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Chazore (on 07 January 2016)

RL won awards at the VGA's and other more bigger popular sites, imo Undertale should have won.

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Azzanation (on 07 January 2016)

Ori should have taken this, that game is a masterpiece. Rocket League is fun.

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