While it seems common in the HEXUS forums to decry the current swell of Epic Games Store AAA exclusives that seem to be arriving, there is a bit of a charm offensive going on to turn people on to the platform. The 'charm' I'm referring to is the current policy of Epic Games to give away a free game via its PC store, every fortnight.
If you head on over to the Epic Games Store today you will find that the highly regarded first person open world exploration puzzler The Witness is available for free. This 2016 game is highly rated on Steam, with very positive reviews (and a Steam price of £29.99 in the UK).
The Witness is set on a charming but "strange island full of puzzles" and you will explore the island in the hope of discovering how you arrived there, regaining your memory, and eventually finding your way home.
This single player open-world game with an abundance of locations includes over 500 puzzles with "no filler".
I previously signed up for an Epic Games Store account for the Subnautica freebie, and have visited the site again today to add The Witness to my games owned list. I simply signed in with my Google account to claim the game and haven't got around to downloading or installing the launcher/client or any games so far…
Coming next is a sci-fi themed action RPG game from Supergiant, the makers of Bastion. Transistor becomes free to Epic Games Store users from 18th April to 2nd May. This game, originally released in 2014, is another very positively reviewed title (by users and games magazines alike) and sells for £15.49 on Steam at the time of writing.
The official game trailer, below, provides a taste of the fast paced action which takes place in a futuristic city. Transistor is claimed to successfully mix responsive gameplay and rich atmospheric storytelling. Remember, this isn't free on Epic Games Store until 18th April.