If you’re a gamer — or just visit the Cheapskate pages occasionally — you probably know that Epic Games gives away at least one free game each Thursday. This week, it’s a veritable bounty — not one, not two, but three games totaling $70 await. Epic is giving away Killing Floor 2, Lifeless Planet: Premier Edition and The Escapist 2. Killing Floor 2 is the undisputed keeper this week, but both of the other titles have their moments, and they’re all free.
All three games are Windows only — sorry, Mac folks — and you can download them for keeps anytime between now and Thursday, July 16.
Killing Floor 2 is a straight-ahead zombie shooter. The setting is Europe after it has been overrun by horrific, murderous clones that were created by rogue elements of the Horzine Corporation. Don’t look for a huge depth of gameplay: It’s a survival shooter with two uncomplicated, arcade-style gaming modes. As well as single-player, you get six- and 12-player co-op. The game is rated Mature.
Our friends at GameSpot reviewed Killing Floor 2 and concluded: “The game hones in on the basic appeal of killing zombies without the complications of reaching waypoints or setting up intricate fortifications. Yet Killing Floor 2’s strongest asset is in its simple yet effective combat — Tripwire could substitute the Zeds for robots or Nazis and still have a solid shooter on its hands.”
Want to run around a lot on a distant planet while dressed in a spacesuit? This 2011 Kickstarter-funded game has a pretty cool premise: Exploring a distant planet after a 15-year journey, you discover you’ve been beaten to the punch when you discover an abandoned Soviet colony. The story is big on atmosphere and mystery, though gamers have complained that the final payoff wasn’t as satisfying as they’d hoped.
Epic’s sales pitch: “Risk it all to breakout from the toughest prisons in the world. Explore the biggest prisons yet! You’ll have to live by the prison rules, attending roll call, doing prison jobs and following strict routines; all the while engineering your bid for freedom.”
Reviews have been mixed, but a lot of people genuinely love this prison escape strategy game.
This article is updated regularly with the current week’s free games.
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