Every single year gamers all over the world start choosing witch console game topped their list as their favorite and possible Game of the Year. There’s plenty of great candidates each year to choose from but there’s a type of games that we tend to forget when the year is over, Downloadable games. This hidden gems keep raising the bar each year and demonstrating that a gaming experience with high production values are notÂ strictlyÂ confined to retail or console titles.
TitlesÂ like Braid, Wipeout HD, Flower, Portal, Rez HD, Castle Crashers and Shadow Complex proved that downloadable titles are not just simplistic run-of-the-mill games to kill some time with, but a whole new genre full of quality and value.Â This year brings us a new contender, a brilliantlyÂ done and atmospheric platformerÂ so astonishingly beautiful that feels taken out from an art book. The title won 2Â Independent Games Festival awardsÂ and tells the story of a boy boy trying to find his sister in the hell edge called “Limbo”. The games’s visuals areÂ entirelyÂ black & white with minimalist sound andÂ impeccableÂ art design. The world evokes a feeling of despair that limits your vision with a dark and fairly limitedÂ field of view.
Intuitive direction in the game is so good the it doesn’t need HUD system to guide the player or tell them what to do. The animation system is nothing short of amazing and very advanced for the genre. Limbo plays like your typical 2d sidescroller but it looks like nothing i’ve seen before, the tone is so unique and eerie that could make Tim Burton drop a tear of joy. More downloadable games will release in the course of the year but i’m confident that none of them will surpass the brilliance and beauty of Limbo.
Check out the new In-Game Teaser of Limbo
LIMBO: Available This Summer On XBLA