Epic Games is once again throwing around a ton of cash to try and get gamers to jump onto their burgeoning sales platform, the not-so-creatively named Epic Games Store. And once again, it’s all about giving away some more free games. Last week, Epic gave PC gamers a whole bundle of Batman games to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the caped crusader. there were quite a few games in that bundle, which included multiple Lego and Arkham titles all for free.
This week though, Epic is pulling in a couple of weirder niche games and giving them out to anyone who wants them. coming in the form of David OReilly’s Everything and Metro: 2033 Redux. These two new games offer two vastly different experiences, and while the Batman games from last week were appealing, these niche titles are sure to strike up some interest, and that is exactly what Epic wants. They want you on the platform so they can sell games to you, although they still have a long way to go to earn consumer confidence. Still, free games aren’t a bad thing.
You don’t even have to submit your email address to claim these free games, just hop on the Epic launcher, click on the store tab and look for the weekly free games section. The heading changes each week, with a new stable of titles coming out each week to entice more gamers over to Epic’s corner of the internet. Of course, a lot of people have good reason not to be enticed. Epic’s practices in competing with the titanic Steam have been pretty controversial. The company has become infamous for a poorly received storefront, that even lacks basic elements like a shopping cart system, and that’s to say nothing of the even more controversial timed exclusives they’ve been pushing, which have left many Steam users high and dry when looking for new games. The Metro series itself was infamously attacked and review-bombed over this same practice with the newest game, Metro Exodus.
But enough about that, let’s talk about the new games being offered for free this week.
Everything and Metro: 2033 Redux
According to the official blurb, Everything is “. . .an epic, award-winning reality simulation game – where everything you see is a thing you can be, from animals to planets to galaxies and beyond. Travel between outer and inner space, and explore a vast, interconnected universe of things without enforced goals, scores, or tasks to complete. Everything is a procedural, AI-driven simulation of the systems of nature, seen from the points of view of everything in the Universe.”
By using narration and pairing it with a rather strange style of gameplay, Everything aims to tell an interesting story about life, intelligence and the meaning of the universe. While the visuals leave a lot to be desired, Check it out in the trailer below.
Metro: 2033 Redux is a different beast entirely, taking a post-apocalyptic look at one tiny corner of the world that you might not ever think about. The Moscow Metro, home to various rats, travelers and vagrants in our timeline, is home to something else entirely in the alternate world created in this grimdark shooter. Based on the novel series by Russian author Dmitry Glukhovsky, the Metro games weave and engrossing and highly detailed tale about life, politics, and the reality of human struggle and desperation. There’s a reason that many in that area of the world deeply identify with these stories, and it’s absolutely a game you should play if story-driven shooters at all interest you as a premise.
Epic will surely be back next week, and the week after that with more free games. So even if you’re a PC gamer on a budget, why not think about pulling down the launcher for some free stuff.