Each week, check out my latest article for the new hit game or add-on released for free from the Epic Games Store!
This time it’s _ Daemon X Machina_, a gorgeous, action-packed, giant-Mech extravaganza. You take on the role of a mech pilot, flying your gigantic robotic suit around a massive and beautifully-rendered world in order to fend off hoards of ravaging AI corrupted by a mysterious energy field, and the super-powerful gargantuan beings that have emerged after the cracking of the Moon.
It’s all the good, old-fashioned mech action you could wish for, and thanks to Epic Games Store, it’s totally free!
You are an Outer, a new breed of human being that appeared in the aftermath of the Moonfall calamity. As a mercenary for the Orbital organization, you are on the front line of a desperate war for humanity's survival against the Immortals—corrupted AIs that have rebelled against their human creators. Piloting a fully customizable mech known as an Arsenal, you must team up with mercenaries like yourself and complete missions to defeat the Immortals once and for all. But be careful—in a war fought by mercenaries, today's allies can become tomorrow's enemies.
From the visionary minds of Kenichiro Tsukuda and trailblazing mech designer Shoji Kawamori comes a new generation of high-speed mech action combat.
This game is a hidden gem in the world of action games, offering a mech-shooter that’s easy for newbie players to get the hang of, yet beautiful and fun enough to entrance longtime fans of the genre.
The game’s a couple of years old now, and even at release it could play well on a mid-range PC at the highest settings, offering seriously impressive frame rates as well as a lovely graphic rendering of the world.
The action can get a little repetitive if you play it for long enough, and the first few missions introduce a lot of plot threads to explore, but that’s okay: what counts is how well-rendered the giant-mech action is (and in that department this game is the tops).
You’ll face off against massive primeval deities, corrupted sentient AI, and a host of robot minions — all from within a mech designed by the legendary Shoji Kawamori who’s been working in the industry since the 1980s.
Daemon X Machina was already worth a few bucks, but grabbing it for free is an Epic Games steal.
Marvelous First Studio has a host of anime-flavor games to its repertoire, offering a little something for everyone, whether you want giant mechs beating the crap out of one another, witch girls in skimpy uniforms, or Pokémon arcade games.
Their 2019 God Eater 3 is probably one of their other best-selling games. It won’t make you fall in love with the story, but the action-centered gameplay can get pretty addicting.
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).