It’s Thursday, and that means it’s free PC game day over at the Epic Games Store! Every week, Epic Games offers one (and sometimes more) free games, from indie greats to AAA titles that will blow your socks off. Next week’s game has already been revealed. Cities: Skylines will be free March 10th-17th, 2022. But, this week you can grab Black Widow alongside the Epic Slayer Kit for Dauntless, and Centipede: Recharged,
Defend your spider web from an onslaught of bugs in this frenetic revival of the cult classic twin-stick shooter, all while jamming to an infectious score by Megan McDuffee. Play solo or tag in a friend for local co-op across 30 challenges or the arcade mode.
I don’t know about you, but I love classic arcade games like this, especially when I can play them with friends. It’s a great way to dive into a fun night of nostalgia, but with the sort of modernized twists one would expect from a new release.
In this case, it’s all about the Halloween vibes, tackling high-score challenges as you web-shoot your way to the top of the charts.
Looking for something else that will spark nostalgia but give you the upgraded twist you didn’t know you needed? Also by AdamVision is Asteroids: Recharged, taking the best-selling and much-loved classic space shooter to a whole new dimension of grid-based thrills.
The Epic Games Store has been around for a while, the lesser-known alternative to Steam, the nearly-ubiquitous platform for game purchases since it launched in 2003. But, where Steam originally existed and launched to promote Valve games, Epic Games Store launched in 2018 and quickly rose to success on the Fortnite franchise. At the time of Epic’s launch, Steam took a dramatic 30% cut from the sales of video games through their platform! This hurt both game designers and users, just wasn’t very nice. But the folks behind Epic realized something excellent: they could take a much lower cut and still have a profitable business. This led them to fast domination of the indie market, as small publishers flocked to the far better terms offered by Epic.
Epic Games Store offers some seriously incredible discounts on a regular basis, in addition to all the normal discounts one would expect on Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the usual holidays. But the most exciting is their weekly free game or add-on, which simply harpoons all competitors.
When I first heard about this free game, I thought that can’t be real. They must only offer tiny indie games.Not at all, dear reader. Not. At. All. Epic frequently lists unbelievable A-lister games on their weekly deal, as well as sometimes offer two free games instead of one. In addition, just because a studio is smaller doesn’t mean the games it makes aren’t impressive. I’ve picked up some of my favorite new games, for free, from this platform, and most of them have been made by smaller studios (or as side-projects for teams from big studios).