Epic Games surprised the gaming world in December 2018 when it unveiled the Epic Games Store, a new competitor for digital PC game retail.
With the popularity of Fortnite providing a large pool of potential players, and with plenty of money to throw around, Epic wasted no time in attracting users to their front page with exclusive games and giveaways, some of which definitely deserve playing. Here are our favourite games that you can get right now on the Epic Games Store.
A gang of teenagers travel to the old military base on Edwards Island for an overnight party. But things take a paranormal turn as Alex, the player’s character, starts hearing strange things over her old radio. You direct the story at key points, meaning there’s multiple ways the story can progress and end, making it enjoyable to play several times.
The reason why Epic Games has become one of the biggest names in gaming. The colorful and mechanically compelling battle royale sees 100 players drop onto an enormous island map, building defences and finding weapons in order to be the last one standing. It receives regular updates which shake up the different areas of the map and which items are available, plus each season comes with a ‘Battle Pass’, which for a small amount of money gives you cosmetics depending on how much experience you earn from match results and challenges you can complete each week.
This early access game sees you fight through the labyrinths of the Grecian Underworld as Zagreus, son of Hades, aided by the rest of the Grecian pantheon. Each time you die in Hades, the levels reset, but there’s always progress to be made and new abilities to be bought to help you get further next time.
What Remains of Edith Finch
The Finch family home is a confusing stack of mismatched buildings, which perfectly reflect the unusual family that once lived there. You enter the house trying to learn more about the family, and the alleged curse that sees each member die in an unusual way. Part of the game is exploring the building, but each family member stars in a mechanically unique vignette to help you understand their personality and relationships. It's a slow burner, but immensely satisfying to experience as you figure out what the Finches are all about.
The ‘metroidvania’ subgenre, comprising item-based exploration and combat from a 2D perspective, gets modernised in this game. You awaken on an alien world as scientist Trace, where you find relics of an ancient civilisation which warn you of their destroyer, Athetos. It’s up to you to learn more, gathering weapons and tools to help you explore the planet and defeat all who stand in your way.
Subnautica + Subnautica: Below Zero
Crash landing on a remote planet, you emerge from the wreckage to find a world covered almost entirely in water. You have to salvage what you can from the wreckage and gather materials from the environment around you to survive and explore, and hopefully find out why your ship crashed and how you can get offworld again.
If you fancy a whole new adventure on top of that, then you can try out Below Zero, Subnautica’s arctic-themed expansion that’s currently in early access.
After a nuclear war, survivors living in Moscow took shelter in the city’s underground rail network, where they and their families remain. Artyom, the player character in Metro Exodus, is obsessed with finding other people living beyond the tunnels and stations. aAnd when he finds his suspicions are correct, he sets off on a journey across the wasteland to make contact, fighting hostile humans and mutated monsters alike in this dark first-person shooter.
The Division 2
After the first game saw government agents fighting to rebuild the lives of the people of New York City after a smallpox epidemic, the sequel takes you to Washington, D.C. where the headquarters of the titular ‘Division’ are under attack by bandits and ex-military personnel who would prefer society stays broken. With the White House as your base, you strike out into the capital city to slowly turn the tables on your opponents.
The Walking Dead
Telling a parallel story to the comic series, Telltale’s series of narrative games, set after the zombie apocalypse, follows Lee and Clementine as they travel across the state of Georgia, uniting with other survivors and escaping the ‘walkers’. As well as the spin-off series following Michonne from the TV show, the Epic Games Store has all four of the main instalments of The Walking Dead's episodic adventures, including the currently in-progress ‘Final Season’.
While in early access, there is still plenty of chilled out fun to be had with this factory-building game. As you explore an alien planet, you’ll have to set up automated machines to process the resources you find, and protect them from the local inhabitants. If stringing together various machines with miles of conveyor belts sounds like your kind of thing, this is the game for you.