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Epic releases 20XX, Barony, Sword & Sworcery for free this week only

Epic Games Thursday (7/30/20)

Posted on July 30, 2020 by Sergio

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Epic Games, in case you don’t know by now, releases free PC games every Thursday. Some of them have been the biggest, like GTA V, the Batman Arkham Series, and Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate. Others you may need to keep close attention to. This week, Epic Games releases three of them, and they deserve your attention:

  1. 20XX – This game has a heavy Mega Man spin, but with a female lead character named Nina. Just like the series before it, you battle robot masters to save the world. You can also play through co-op. Unfortunately, while it’s critically-acclaimed, the disappointing Mighty No. 9 overshadowed it since both of these games had similar launch dates. It’s time to give this game a chance.
  2. Barony – With the graphics of Minecraft, this is a dungeon RPG, roguelike game. Collect spells, go through brutal traps, and fight monsters, either alone or with co-op.
  3. Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP – Very pixelated, but very creative use of pop art. In this game, you are a monk, and you have go through a mountain wilderness to battle monsters and solve “mystical musical puzzles”. Award-winning indie rock artist, Jim Guthrie, provides the soundtrack.

While these three games don’t have the name recognition of the previously free releases, they give gamers a chance to explore something outside of AAA gaming. In an era in which it takes more than 50 hours to complete games today, they serve as a refresher that games don’t require to be that long to be great.

20XX, Barony, and Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP are only free for this week.

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Currently attending Mt. SAC for a certificate in Video Game Design. Really enjoy old school games. "Part-time" writer, forever gamer.