Here’s an unlikely scenario, but let’s get on with it: you’ve just stepped into the wide world of PC gaming and have no allegiance to any particular store front. Steam is the Juggernaut platform, but you noticed the generosity of the weekly freebies on the Epic Games Store. And with its growing number of exclusive titles, the Epic Games Store looks like your PC game library should live there.
This is where we come in – here are the best Epic Games Store games you can buy today.
While we here at TechRadar continue to be happy to play our games on whatever platform they land on (assuming the platform isn̵
A remake done right. Tony Hawks Pro Skater 1 + 2 knows exactly what fans of the series want – the original games, but with pink glasses that are surgically inserted into the player’s eyes. It’s, to put it simply, Tony Hawk’s first two skateboarding games that you will remember. but not as they were. The high-resolution reinterpretation of the classic skate park brings its low-resolution predecessors to life, while new challenges and online modes round off a generous experience. Turn up the speakers for the cracking soundtrack and watch those scores well into the wee hours of the morning.
Not just an exclusive epic, but also a free one. Total War Saga: Troy is a compact spin-off of the main series Total War, which was offered free for 24 hours after its release, giving newbies the chance to immerse themselves in the great war simulation that the series is known for. If you focus on the Greek epic of the Troy War, it’s a bit more awesome than your average Total War game, but not a full beast festival like the Warhammer titles. It has some of the most beautiful maps in the entire series, while not quite as deep, with sunsets that look like the side of an ancient Greek vase.
Who would have thought that Tetris could be freshened up again, so many years after it was anchored in cultural consciousness since the Game Boy was launched decades ago? After fading into VR on PS VR and Oculus, Tetris Effect hits 2D PC screens courtesy of the Epic Games Store. Mixing psychedelic visuals with a clever soundtrack that works with your block placement is a mesmerizing delight.
We thought it would never happen, but Ryo Hazuki’s search for the man who murdered his father on Dreamcast in 1999 finally got a third act in 2019. Shenmue III An odd mix of new and old – what seemed fresh in 1999, the daily schedules of such non-player characters, and the sense of a game world that exists with or without your input has since been fully realized by the likes of Bethesda and its Elder Scrolls – Title. But the slow, methodical Shenmue games, like playing the Sims with a martial arts expert, offer quiet comfort. Shenmue III sticks a little too closely to the 20-year-old formula for some, but conversely, it’s the perfect sequel in terms of loyalty. Must-see once you’ve played the first two and worth a look for those curious about what all the fuss was about.
A fantastic strategy game from the inventor of X-Com, this turn-based squad shooter lets you face off against an alien threat that invades Earth. It’s hard to beat X-Com 2, the genre’s gold standard, but Phoenix Point has some great ideas of its own, including a free aiming system that makes the sometimes punitive nature of the percent accuracy system feel a little more under your own control.
Although you can pick it up The outer worlds On the Windows Store and as part of the Xbox Game Pass for PC subscription, Epic is the only place you can get it outside of the Microsoft ecosystem. And it’s worth a try – think about fallout in space. Obsidian (the development team behind the popular Fallout: New Vegas) has biting satire, extensive player selection and customization, and an open-world role-playing game that is welcome in its condensed nature – a couple dozen hours and you’re done here, rather than the hundreds you would have to put in practically every other role-playing game these days.
The big one – this is arguably the main selling point for the Epic Games Store. The world’s best battle royale game was developed in-house by Epic. So it makes sense that the PC edition is tied to the game store. What is left to say? Fourteen days? Jump into a slowly shrinking map, find the best weapons you can, build shelters to protect yourself from dozens of other players fighting for your blood, and try to be the last man standing. Seasonal updates, from Marvel film couplings to winter festivals, keep the game fresh and addicting – provided you can endure the trolling-prone kids who make up the bulk of the player base.
Ubisoft’s looter shooter is only available for the Epic Games Store’s own UPlay store on PC. Although Department 2The apolitical stance contradicts what is clearly a brooding over the state of modern America. It’s an unfairly overlooked diehard shooter with great weapons, meaningful advancement, and some really challenging heists to take part in.
The best of the rest
So far we have only focused on the games that are exclusive to the Epic Games Store (or that would otherwise only exist on niche publisher fronts). But Epic also has tons of non-exclusive titles, many of which represent the best of PC gaming.
Do you want an open world epic? Grab rock stars Red Dead Redemption 2 and follow him with a GTA V. Pursuer. Swords and sandals roleplay more your cup of tea? Pick up Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. Do you want to lose hours on a 4x strategy game? Epic has Civilization VI. After a cute indie? Check out the Animal Crossing-like Ooblets.
There is something for everybody. With the weekly freebies, you have a pre-made PC games library to immerse yourself in within weeks of signing up for the Epic Games Store free account.
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