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As we head to the halfway point of this year, I decided to make another list of some more games to be on the lookout for. If you haven’t already seen my list of my most anticipated games of this year or the downloadable games to be on the lookout for, go check those out since I won’t be adding those games to this list. How about we get right to the point? Here are some more big budget and indie developed games to be on the lookout for this year.

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PAX East 2014 enjoyed the expo’s largest turnout of indie developers to date, and marked the year where, in my mind, indies definitively trumped the AAA publishers. While many of the better known games had lines far longer than I could wait (I’m looking at you, Below), some of the show’s smaller titles left me the most excited.

Head inside to have a look at some of the titles that I found the most exciting!

Video games have given us some interesting experiences over the years, whether it's been exploring huge mystical lands, jumping on killer turtles, shooting zombies, or simulating being stood up on a dinner date. So, why not add a simulator where you simulate drinking a soda? Well, developer Snowrunner Games and the game creator Will Brierly will be bringing this game to the Xbox One as a part of their independent publishing program. The game is apparently a part of a 100 simulators coming to the Xbox One, including 10 never before seen exclusives. Soda Drinking Pro will have Kinect support and a mode that will apparently be 100% realistic. The game doesn't have a release date, but we will probably hear more about this game as the year goes on.

We are not short on horror games being made by small developers. How about we add another one to the list and put it on the Xbox One? Well, now you can! While this new horror game called Grave is still on Kickstarter, it has recently been announced that in addition to coming out for the Oculus Rift, it will also be released on Microsoft's Xbox One. For the people that don't know about this game, Grave is an open world surreal horror survival game where you are in a persistently changing world with light as your only weapon. The game needs $30,000 to reach it's goal, still requiring $18,874. If you want another first person horror game to add to your Oculus Rift library, hopefully you'll support Grave.

Boy, we have had a lot of news stories about resolution recently, haven't we? The recent rumors that the Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will run at 900p on PlayStation 4 and 720p on the Xbox One means that we are not going to hear the end of this resolution debate anytime soon. The recent victim to this news fad is Ubisoft's Trials Fusion, the next game in the popular Trials franchise. A Ubisoft rep told Venture Beats that the game will run on the PlayStation 4 at native 1080p while the Xbox One version will run at 900p. The game is also coming to the Xbox 360 and PC and Ubisoft has confirmed that all versions of the game will be able to run at 60fps.

The game is available now for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC.

One of the best downloadable games of 2013 was DrinkBox Studios' Guacamelee! This Metroid inspired luchador action game was well received for its colorful art style, sense of humor, and extremely satisfying combat, but criticized for its implementation of a two player mode that made the more trickier platforming sections an annoying hassle. I would personally recommend you download it on your PlayStation 3 or PlayStation Vita, or wait a little bit to get an enhanced edition that is coming out for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Wii U, and Xbox 360. If you're a Guacamelee! fan, you'll be excited to see that DrinkBox Studios' has recently released a trailer of their upcoming game, Severed, and is coming to mobile platforms and will hopefully be released sometime in 2015.

Jump to check out the trailer and some info on the game!

I think for awhile now we've known that the AAA industry seems to have a heavy focus on a select few genres, and among that, making games that seem to be all too similar. We've found plenty of avenues to place the blame for this, but chief among them is the AAA marketing teams. Jim Sterling, review editor of The Escapist, had a chance to sit down with developers and other such folks within the AAA industry to talk about this very issue.

Unfortunately, he can't say who he talked to because they would lose their jobs, but he has a very saddening yet very pointed quote that explains practically every issue we see with AAA games. Head inside.

One of the more interesting downloadable games to come out for the Xbox 360 was Supergiant Games' Bastion. For those that didn't know about this game, Bastion was an isometric action game that was praised for its beautiful art style and narrative while getting a mixed reception to the combat. Their next game that is coming out is called Transistor. It is about a young woman who carries a sword called the Transistor and is being chased by an evil force. The game's combat has the appeal that you can either play this game in real time or have the action on screen pause to layout some powerful combos against the enemies that chase you. The many gamers who own a PC or PlayStation 4 will be able to download this game in May for the hefty price of $20. So far, you can not preorder the game, but Supergiant Games has been thinking about that option. The only thing they have confirmed is that the game will release with a multitude of different voice over and text styles including English, Spanish, French, German, Russian, and Portuguese. The game will be released on May 20th for the PC and PlayStation 4.

While we are getting a couple exciting big budget RPGs this year like Tales of Xillia 2 and Tales of Zestiria, you should definitely be on the look out for the downloadable RPGs coming out like Ubisoft's Child of Light and now, the quirky RPG, Citizens of Earth. The developer behind Citizen's of Earth, Eden Industries, describes their game as "Earthbound combined with Pokémon and Suikoden." They have a nice new trailer and details on what features are in this interesting RPG.

Jump to read about the features and watch the trailer!

During the last generation of consoles, one criticism aimed at Microsoft was that they were a pain to work with if you were an independent developer. I remember hearing about issues when Fez was released, specifically about how tedious it was to get a patch through to the game that was needed to fix some major bugs within said game. However, Hyper Light Drifter developer Heart Machine recently talked about how much the relationship between Microsoft and smaller developers is much easier now.

Hit jump to see what has changed!