In case you missed it: The Epic Games Store has been giving away a ton of free games lately. The store’s holiday sale included a marathon of 12 free games, and this past week, Epic users could claim three more free games. Things are finally slowing down a bit this week, as this week’s offering includes just one game for Epic users, but it’s one you shouldn’t skip out on. From now until January 16, you can claim the chaotic, hand-drawn Metroidvania Sundered: Eldritch Edition for free at Epic. All you need is a free Epic account to claim the game, and it’ll be yours to keep forever.
From the developers of Jotun, Sundered released in 2017 and follows a woman named Eshe who finds an ancient monument and gets sucked into an otherworldly cavern. In the underworld, Eshe encounters a malevolent entity known as the Shining Trapezohedron, which becomes her guide, and learns the world is now overrun with monsters and machines. The terrifying hordes of enemies and ever-changing world are heavily inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft.
As Eshe fights her way through the world and attempts to escape, Eshe encounters corrupted Elder Shards, which can grant her the ability to use ancient eldritch powers. The game has multiple endings based on what you decide to do with those relics–embrace their chaotic power or destroy them for good.
Sundered also includes the Magnate of the Gong update, which added local co-op multiplayer support for up to four players. Eldritch Edition also includes new areas and a new boss battle. The game earned a solid 8/10 in GameSpot’s Sundered review for its fast-paced combat, well-paced progression, and overall creation of tension and unease.
“Sundered is an enjoyable journey that iterates upon the Metroidvania style in ways that are both satisfying and substantial,” wrote Matt Espineli. “Its progression systems are constantly fulfilling and combat is complex and exhilarating. While rare moments of unfair circumstances hold it back, Sundered remains a compelling and rewarding experience that you’ll be eager to play again, if only to seek out its other endings or simply to wipe out another swarm of grotesque creatures.”
On January 16, Sundered will be replaced by Epic’s next free game, platforming adventure Horace.
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