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A Short Hike, Oxenfree 2, and everything else in the August 2021 PlayStation Indies Spotlight

There are ports aplenty in the August 2021 PlayStation Indie Spotlight event.

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There are ports aplenty in the August 2021 PlayStation Indies Spotlight event.

You’d think, in a lineup that includes Hades, Oxenfree 2, and Axiom Verge 2, that’s where we’d start with the August 2021 PlayStation Indies Spotlight event.

But no. We’re going to start with A Short Hike, a little game about self-care that – when you look at the goddamn state of the games industry right now, not to mention the rest of the world – we all desperately need right now.

Developed by Adam Robinson-Yu as an exercise in his own self-care when feeling burned out by another project, A Short Hike is, on the face of it, a perfect little slice of adventurous whimsy. But scratch between that charming surface and you’ll find a game that understands how difficult life is, and how curative a small act of self-care can be.

As for the rest of the PlayStation Indies Spotlight event? We’d be remiss not to mention Hades, the multi-award-winning adventure making its PlayStation debut on August 13, 2021. Reverse horror game, Carrion, and pleasing crafting game, Wytchwood, are making their welcome debut on the PlayStation platform soon.

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On the sequel front, Sol Cresta is a newly-unveiled sequel to 1980’s Moon Cresta and 1985’s Terra Cresta from Platinum Games, which is very cool. Speaking of shooters, Axiom Verge 2 needs little introduction.

Arguably the biggest sequel – which feels weird to say, after mentioning those two – is Oxenfree 2: Lost Signals, the sequel to 2016’s Oxenfree from Nightschool Studios. Staffed by a bunch of ex-Telltalers, the first game combines a compelling supernatural story with probably the best, most natural choice-based dialogue system in video games.

Here’s hoping that the island, which felt like an absolute slog to navigate around in the first game – to the point it spoiled the otherwise excellent experience – is tightened up in Oxenfree 2. Otherwise? More of the same, please, Nightschool.

And here’s everything featured in the August 2021 PlayStation Indies Spotlight event.

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PlayStation Indies Spotlight, August 2021

  • A Short Hike
  • Axiom Verge 2
  • Carrion
  • Hades
  • Oxenfree 2: Lost Signals
  • Sol Cresta
  • Wytchwood

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Tom is an itinerant freelance technology writer who found a home as an Editor with Thumbsticks. Powered by coffee, RPGs, and local co-op.

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