The Epic Games Store launched with a lot of hate but you know what it’s here, I’ve been playing it and it’s fine. It runs well (*cough* *cough* Origin) and is also home to a number of great exclusive titles. Their Balck Friday sales include some of the latest games from Red Dead Redemption 2, Outer Worlds, Borderlands 3 and a whole lot more. The sale will run until 11 am Eastern Time, Monday, December 2nd. Let us help you spend that paycheck!
Red Dead Redemption 2 by Rockstar Games
One of the best games of last year, Red Dead Redemption 2 has only been out a couple of weeks and now it’s here 20% off. If you’ve been on the fence about buying this game, you should buy this game. Red Dead Redemption is a single-player grand western adventure set in a staggeringly detailed open world. And it’s definitely the best piece of storytelling from Rockstar to date. You play as Arthur Morgan, a member of the Vanderlinde Gang. Having spent most of his life as an outlaw, Arthur has become disillusioned by the lifestyle. There are about 60 hours of main story missions to complete and an uncountable number of hours you’re going to spend just exploring, hunting, fishing and doing side quests. Heck, you can even just go to a saloon and drink and play cards. You’re a cowboy now.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is one of the most critically acclaimed games of all time. Winning over 175 Game of the Year Awards and a recipient of over 250 perfect scores. Get Red Dead Redemption 2 for $43.29 from $52.99.
The Outer Worlds by Obsidian Entertainment
The Outer Worlds has been released for literally a month before it’s now on sale. 25% off but it’s still something! And it’s a great game to get if you love first-person sci-fi RPGs. The developer Obsidian Entertainment is an old hack at role-playing games. Having made the notable Fallout: New Vegas, Alpha Protocol, and Knights of the Old Republic 2. These are some of the best RPGs in recent history with its best moments coming from the choices you make in the world. Are you here for the greater good? Are you just a hired gun? Or a plain out sociopath?
In The Outer Worlds, you’ve landed, literally in a solar system ruled by brutal corporations. You find yourself in the midst of a deep conspiracy threatening to destroy the Halcyon colony. As you explore the furthest reaches of space and encounter various factions, all vying for power, the character you decide to become will determine how this player-driven story unfolds. Your choices affect not only the way the story develops; but your character build, companion stories, and end game scenarios. In the corporate equation for the colony, you are the unplanned variable. Fly from planet to planet, gather a crew of misfits, pick your way through a series of moral quandaries, and shoot people with cool laser guns.
Borderlands 3 by Gearbox Software
Epic Games is not kidding with this Black Friday sale. Some of the biggest releases of the year are out in this sale! Borderlands 3 is the definitive game of the looter-shooter genre. It’s mayhem, a bazillion guns and just hilarious hardcore offensive energy. I love it. Get it and get it for your friend. Because this game is much better played together. If you’ve played the previous Borderlands games as I have, you’re going to have a lot of feelings about the storyline. No spoilers here. The gameplay itself is more of the same but not in a bad way. It’s extremely satisfying to be murdering a horde of oncoming psychos on a number of different planets. That’s right planets! There’s more places to explore besides Pandora and it’s a good mix of scenery. As always there’s just a ton of guns. Don’t get too attached to your weapons.
Afterparty by Night School Studios
Afterparty is a branching narrative drinking game set in Hell, by the developers of Oxenfree. Milo and Lola recently deceased best buds suddenly find themselves staring down an eternity in Hell. But there’s a loophole: outdrink Satan and he’ll grant you re-entry to Earth. There are obstacles, of course. Demon bouncers to get past, VIPs to schmooze, and conversational minefields to navigate. Hell is a social battleground, one that timid Milo and anxious Lola are ill-suited to deal with. Fortunately, they have the crutch of alcohol to see them through their journey. It is essentially the definitive night out simulator. You try out new drinks and travel between bars. You meet and connect with incredible people and, after a few more drinks and, uninhibited by doubt, start to do progressively stupider things. Afterparty is a witty story-based journey that’s affected by your drunken choices. As is much of life.
Metro Exodus by 4A Games
After nuclear war ravages, Moscow in 2013, survivors who flee to the underground tunnels of the Metro system form their own independent states and societies, all in a bid to keep on living. Artyom, hardened Ranger and inhabitant of the Metro, is searching for radio signals on the surface of Moscow following the events of Metro: Last Light. After a series of revelations resulting from this, he and his comrades from the Order hijack a train and set out into the rest of the Russian Wastelands, leaving behind the brutal wars, chasing potential survivors and finding a new place to call home. It’s a solid FPS with heart when you beat back mutants and encounter the little pockets of humanity. Onboard your train there’s still hope. Metro Exodus is on sale now at a crazy 50% off.
Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey by Panache Digital Games
Ancestors is a National Geographic special and third-person survival game rolled into one. Just released a couple of months ago, the game is now 50% off. You play as a young hominid living 10 million years ago and you and your clan need to explore, expand and evolve to advance your species. Set in the Neogene period Africa it is a beautiful yet ruthless world. From swinging through tree branches in the jungle to stalking prey across the golden savannah grasslands. Decide what attributes to learn and hone in order to pass down knowledge to future generations, from crafting tools to enhancing evasive tactics against predators. Just like real life, make sure to eat, drink, and sleep to stay alive and have the energy to face any danger that may come your way.
The Sinking City By Frogwares
Lovecraftian horror, count me in. The Sinking City is an adventure and investigation game inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft. Step in the shoes of our 1920s private investigator, Charles Reed. He’s a tortured truth seeker sucked into an adventure that goes beyond his personal goals and beliefs. Plagued by nightmares of a drowned city he travels to the waterlogged town of Oakmont to find answers. Unnatural storms cut off this fishing village from the mainland, flooding parts of it, and leaving the rest sodden and dilapidated. And to make matters worse, the eccentric locals are deeply suspicious of outsiders. As Reed, you’ll need to make dialogue choices and assess evidence to resolve narrative arcs. Sometimes the lead might run dry and you’ll have to dip into side quests to chase (or stumble in most cases) onto some conclusive answers. Either way, you’ll need to solve it to survive.
John Wick Hex by Bithell Games
Become the Baba Yaga. Become John Wick. But if you think being the Baby Yaga is all about mindlessly spraying bullets then you might need to watch those movies again. But you should watch them anyway because they’re good. John Wick is methodical, careful and calculating. Which is why John Wick Hex isn’t a shoot ’em up as it’s a strategy game.
John Wick Hex plays like a board game (or, more accurately, a tabletop wargame). Your goal is to rescue a pair of John’s allies from a disgruntled crime boss. To get to them, you have to lead John through a couple of dozen levels full of bad guys who all need to be taken out. And to do that, you have to manage my time and ammunition, check sightlines, and weigh the odds of success for each move. The controls are simple: Click a destination to move, choose a target, and then choose an action from a list of options. Your ammo and health carry over for several levels at a time, so every decision — every bullet fired and every mistake made — feels that much heavier.