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Epic Games is a veteran powerhouse in the gaming industry, and it continues to snowball into bigger and better things. From creating the most used gaming engine by indie developers Unreal Engine, rivaled only by Unity, to making the most loved battle royale game ever, Fortnite, Epic Games now joins the video game distribution race.
With the Epic Games store gaining traction and stealing the latest AAA titles from Steam, we at TheGamer look at the 10 best games offered on the store.
10 Metro Exodus
A highly anticipated game that wowed the world with its beautiful reveal trailer and promise of next level graphics, Metro Exodus’ exit from the Steam store came as a shock to all. Many people questioned whether Epic Games' new store would even come close to rivaling Steam, but stealing Metro Exodus solidified it as a real contender.
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Metro Exodus is a first-person shooter that blends survival horror, stealth and open-world gameplay into one bleakly-beautiful looking game. Leaving a devastated Moscow behind, you must journey across continents and embark on an adventure inspired by Dmitry Glukhovsky’s novels. Are you ready to brave post-apocalyptic Russia?
9 The Division 2
Whilst this title is not out just yet, it’s well worth putting on the list. The Division 2 is coming out March 15th and again, Epic Games has stolen this title away from Steam. A follow up to the critically acclaimed The Division, The Division 2 looks to take all the best aspects of the original game and dive into a more vibrant yet devastated Washington DC.
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You, a highly trained agent must fight your way through Washington DC and liberate the city before it succumbs to collapse under a violent civil war. Explore an open-world in a dynamic setting with or against friends, and enjoy the smooth combat The Division franchise has become known for.
Hades is the latest game from Supergiant Games, the studio that gave us the cult classics Bastion, Transistor, and Pyre. Hades takes on the rouge-like genre and combines dungeon crawling in a unique game where you hack and slash to survive. Defy the God of Death in this colourful adventure.
Currently, Hades is in early access and as of February has seen two updates, The ‘Chaos’ update in January and the ‘Good Times’ update in February.
7 What Remains Of Edith Finch
What Remains of Edith Finch is a narrative driven game where you explore the Finch house as Edith, the last of your family, is to be alive. Graphically, this game is a beautiful tale of family and loss which can be completed within two to three hours but should not be underestimated for this short playtime.
Play as Edith Finch and relive each of your families lives on the day of their death to discover exactly what happened and why you are the only one left alive.
Ashen is a souls-like game that actually takes the Dark Souls formula and changes it up for a fresh new experience, rather than a stale recreation of the genre. This game boasts more in what it doesn’t tell you than what it does, and by that, I mean the storyline is subtle yet effective and you’ll come across many ‘Ooooh’ moments.
An action RPG at heart, you must wander the wilderness and make friends who will join your camp and your adventure. Expel the darkness and sometimes horrifying enemies to progress through this minimal yet stunning environment.
5 Super Meat Boy
Super Meat Boy has withstood the test of time; being a 2010 game that still garners the same attention as a new platformer release, it’s not surprising that this makes the list. Super Meat Boy is a bizarre platformer that sees Meat Boy, a boy without skin, venturing on a 2D quest to save his girlfriend.
Oh, and she’s made of bandages... and she’s been abducted by an evil fetus in a jar wearing a top hat and a monocle. There isn’t much more to say than this game is a must play and a treat on the Epic Games store.
4 Donut County
Staying on the topic of bizarre yet addictive games, Donut County is another niche game that has made its way onto the Epic Games store. In this game, you play as hole-driving raccoon called BK, with the goal being to steal all the trash.
Raccoons have taken over Donut County and you have to collect trash like it's treasure in this story-based physics puzzle game. With the ever-growing hole controlled by BK, he ultimately falls down the hole to be greeted by the pretty upset residents of Donut County.
3 Subnautica: Below Zero
Subnautica was a hit early access survival game that took Steam by storm and still holds true up to today. Subnautica: Below Zero is an entirely new game that, like Subnautica, is being built from the ground up in early access with players largely involved.
Expect bugs, frame rate issues, and other early access problems, but that’s part of what gave Subnautica its charm, so hopefully, Unknown Worlds Entertainment can pull it off again.
In this sequel to Subnautica, you must dive deep into a cold underwater world on an alien planet to conduct research on the critters that reside in this freezing ocean. Set after the original game, you must man an alien research station on Planet 4546B, and survive the perils it throws at you.
2 The Walking Dead: The Final Season
It’s been a very, very, rocky road for The Walking Dead: The Final Season. Last year we saw the inevitable yet harrowing end to Telltale Games when they laid off most of their staff, including The Walking Dead development team. This happened before the final two episodes of the final season were complete.
Lucky for the long-time fans, and Clementine, Skybound Games saved the day by taking on the original developers and helping complete the game and franchise. The Walking Dead: The Final Season sees the end to Clementine’s long journey through the post-apocalyptic, zombie-infested world, where she may finally find a safe place to call home.
I know what you’re thinking, not ANOTHER battle royale game. While we really do not need another iteration of the genre, especially now with Apex Legends being a worthy threat to Fortnite, Spellbreak looks to bring something innovative to the genre.
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Spellbreak is currently in alpha and is "coming soon" to the Epic Games store, however, you can sign up for the alpha if you really wanted to see what this game will have to offer.
Spellbreak is what would happen if Fortnite and Hogwarts had a baby. Use beautiful spells to eradicate your competition and come out on top. Winner winner phoenix dinner anyone?