With the variety of different feelings around the Epic Games Store, things are rather tense for the fledgling storefront. As more and more games push exclusivity contracts with Epic, more and more gamers feel slighted. With titles like Tetris Effect making that jump to exclusivity on the PC, a lot of people are feeling as though Epic could do more to compete with the likes of Steam.
One way in which Epic has tried to entice more users is through throwing games at everyone in sight. The company has been pushing free games as a weekly thing, and now we’ve got two more titles up for grabs.
First is the niche but very incredible Hyper Light Drifter, the engrossing and equally confusing hack-and-slash title. It’s simply a beautiful game with no real easy comparisons in other titles in modern times, but it has plenty of retro influences. An action title through and through, the influences of fast-paced 16-bit titles is undeniable.
Mutant Year Zero is a very different video game, offering a tactical RPG experience with a strange post-apocalyptic narrative. Offering a very similar feel to the likes of XCOM, The player is tasked with controlling two mutants, Bormin and Dux, as they search for a missing Stalker named Hammon. This search is punctuated by constant conflict with a variety of different in-game factions.
The combat itself is mostly a turn-based affair. Players control their squad of mutants in conflict with other mutants, robots and other enemies, having to use
Epic has also been giving out a variety of games to push popularity of their new storefront, for example, there was Torchlight the epic RPG being given away at one point.
Hyper Light Drifter and Mutant Year Zero will both be free via the Epic Games Store next week, starting on August 15th.
What do you think about the Epic Store? Is it a greed-powered engine of destruction? Maybe it’s the savior of PC gaming from the monolithic Steam, you decide. Let us know in the comments below.