Epic Games may not be well known in the world of gaming, but that does not mean it is going to be left behind by the likes of Steam and Origin. In an attempt to win over players, Epic Games offers free games to interested gamers. While they have games that are permanently free, they also offer larger titles for free each week, albeit available for a limited time only. What are the best Epic Games free games you could download? We give you the lowdown on 15 of the best ones.
Star Wars Battlefront II: Celebration Edition
Epic Games is continuing its tradition of giving players free games every week this year, and one of them is Star Wars Battlefront II. This title is only available for free from January 14 to January 21, so you had better hurry up and grab it while you can.
Released in November 2017, the Celebration Edition is a complete version of this action-adventure shooter. It includes all the DLCs, updates, and customization options made available for the game since it was launched. Test out your lightsaber and blaster skills as you let the Force guide you through epic battles set in a galaxy far, far away.
Fortnite is a shooter game from Epic Games and can be played in single-player or multiplayer mode. Released in 2017, Fortnite immediately earned a place among the top games people play, with celebrities even joining in on the fun.
There are three game modes in Fortnite, although only two are available on this free version. You can play Battle Royale and Fortnite Creative for no charge, but you will need to pay to play Save the World. Regardless, you get a pretty good deal with the free version, so round up your friends and let the battle royale begin!
Rocket League is a co-op sports game released in July 2015 by Psyonix LLC. In this game, you can customize your own car and take your chances on the field. It is a hybrid of arcade-style soccer and RC cars, which should give you a great time if you’re a fan of both genres.
The game itself is not very complicated, boasting fluid motions and actions grounded in real-life physics. You can play online with up to three friends, and you can take your pick from extra game modes such as Hoops and Rumble. Beyond that, you can unlock different items, take on challenges, and join tournaments all in one neat game that you can get for free.
The premise of Hyper Scape is rather simple. The year is 2054, and the world is having trouble coping with daily life. Life is now defined by technology like cyber-augments and artificial intelligence. If you want to rise above the ranks, you must take part in a close-quarters battle royale and win the game.
Hyper Scape is a Ubisoft title released in August 2020. It is a free-to-play game that pits 100 competitors against each other in first-person combat. The action is very fast-paced, too, so you don’t have to worry about becoming bored within a few hours of playing.
If you are looking for an MMO that combines action with quick thinking, then CRSED: F.O.A.D. is the game for you. This MMO from Darfklow Software and Gaijin Entertainment has you fighting for your life using realistic weapons, mystical elements, and even superpowers.
In this game, you will need to make use of different skills to survive. You need stealth and accuracy to remain undetected and shoot your targets. With a whole range of weapons available, you can use a sniper, machine gun, or rifle to take down your opponents. You can also choose from seven champions, each of whom boasts a different set of superpowers. Find one that suits your gameplay style and go wild!
Developed by First Watch Games and published by Hi-Rez Studios, Rogue Company is a multiplayer co-op shooter game where you play as an elite agent of Rogue Company. Together with your teammates, you must save the world.
The great thing about this game is that there are so many playable characters, known as Rogues, to choose from, along with a good selection of game modes and maps. To play, you need to compete in matches of multiple rounds where you earn money for completing tasks and defeating opponents. You can then use this money to buy weapons, upgrade existing ones, and purchase perks and other equipment.
Star Trek Online
If you have ever wanted to know what it would be like to be a part of the Star Trek crew, then look no further. Star Trek Online is the game for you to live out your fantasy of running the Enterprise. This title from Cryptic Studios and Perfect World Entertainment lets you act as the captain of your own starship, where you command your crew, explore the unknown, and look for new life.
There is a limit to this game, though. This free version only lets you play levels 1 through 65. If you want to progress beyond level 65, you’ll need to buy the full game.
Path of Exile
From Grinding Gear Games, Path of Exile tells a dark story with you at the center. In this game, you play as an Exile who was wronged in the past and is now seeking revenge while navigating and surviving Wraeclast.
This action RPG game is available for free online. It boasts character customization that goes deeper than most other games. Path of Exile also has an impressive passive skill tree, skill gems that you can socket, and a system designed for detailed crafting and itemization. There are also seven starting classes to choose from, along with 18 sub-classes.
Released in September 2020, Spellbreak is a multiplayer action RPG where you cast spells as a battlemage. Rendered in a beautiful 3D art style, this game features elemental magic spells that you can use in a variety of combinations.
In Spellbreak, you wander the Hollow Lands, where you must use your skills and powers to defeat other players. This is easier said than done since the Vowkeepers have banned all forms of magic. Through a character you create from six different classes, you must take control of two magic gauntlets, find special hidden items, explore the world, and beat your opponents.
Neverwinter is an action MMORPG that is based on the cultural and critical phenomenon Dungeons and Dragons. In the land of Neverwinter, you play as a courageous hero and engage in swift combat. Roleplaying is also a big part of the game, as is the case with Dungeons and Dragons, so you must plan your attacks and actions with care.
A great thing about Neverwinter is that you can customize your character almost as freely as you would your Dungeons and Dragons hero. True D&D fans will also recognize the many iconic classes, locations, and encounters in the Forgotten Realms. The best part is, as one of the standard Epic free games, you can play Neverwinter at no cost.
Heroes & Generals WWII
Unleash your inner soldiers with Heroes & Generals WWII, a true war experience in a game. From RETO MOTO, this game pits thousands of players in an all-out war. How do you win? You need to take control of 15 cities, which is actually harder than it sounds.
In the game, you band together with other players from around the world to duke it out with your competitors. Strategize your plan of attack or defense, deploy resources, and do everything you would on a battlefield. Shoot opponents, rig explosions, and order people around—those are just some of the things you can expect from this title.
Brought to you by GD Studio, Diabotical is a fast-paced first-person shooter game that takes place in a universe where robots known as Eggbots travel to planets and turn them into battle arenas.
Diabotical is very fun and colorful, making it great for those who are looking for something light and easy to play. There are a handful of game modes you can play as well as 30 maps to explore. Moreover, you’d rarely have to deal with hard feelings or saltiness after playing since the Eggbots battle each other all in the name of fun!
Need something that gives you an adrenaline rush? Ubisoft’s Trackmania is the perfect answer to your needs. There are 25 official tracks in the game, with new ones added in frequent updates. You can play the game with other racers (players) or on your own.
Even if you choose to play solo, you won’t be playing with a bunch of nondescript computers. Instead, you will compete with other players’ ghosts. Although you can compete to get into the regional and international rankings, you can also just play alone and collect medals.
Might & Magic: Chess Royale
The Queen’s Gambit is partially responsible for reigniting worldwide interest in chess. Whether you are a casual player brought into the craze by the Netflix show or a certified chess aficionado, you will certainly enjoy Might & Magic: Chess Royale. This strategy game from Ubisoft takes place in an immense chess battlefield where 100 players compete to be the last player standing. You, along with 99 others, have 10 minutes to come up with clever strategies that will make use of your heroes and factions wisely in order to emerge the winner.
With more than 35 million players worldwide, SMITE is definitely one of the more popular free games Epic Games have on offer. Developed by Titan Forge Games, SMITE is a multiplayer competitive game that lets you play as a god. There are more than 100 mythological characters to choose from, including fan-favorites like Zeus, Thor, Loki, and Medusa.
You play from a third-person POV, where you must survive shots from other players and ambushes from the side. Flex your strategic skills, use your weapons, and disable your opponents with your amazing powers.
Bonus: Galactic Civilizations III
Galactic Civilizations III is one of the Epic Games’s free games that will only be available for a week. From Stardock Corporation, this 4X game lets you choose from several different races to play. As the title suggests, you lead your own galactic civilization where you fend off your opponents using your skills in diplomacy, strategy, technology, espionage, and more.
This turn-based game promises excitement at every turn, claiming to offer you the opportunity to “never the same game twice.” It surely sounds like it can deliver on that promise, as you can adjust a number of settings according to your preferences. The things you can tweak in the game includes map size, frequency of events, the number of planets, and the number of resources available.
Galactic Civilizations III is available for free on Epic Games from January 21 to 28, 2021.
Past Epic Games Free Games of the Week
Throughout the history of Epic Games’ free game of the week tradition, they have offered some truly amazing games for you to download free of charge.
Below is a list of titles that have already gone out of circulation in December:
- Jurassic World Evolution → Dec. 31, 2020 to Jan. 7, 2021
- Torchlight II → Dec. 30 to 31, 2020
- Solitairica → Dec. 29 to 30, 2020
- Stranded Deep → Dec. 28 to 29, 2020
- Night in the Woods → Dec. 27 to 28, 2020
- My Time in Portia → Dec. 26 to Dec. 27, 2020
- Darkest Dungeon → Dec. 25 to Dec. 26, 2020
- Inside → Dec. 24 to Dec. 25, 2020
- Tropico 5 → Dec. 23 to Dec. 24, 2020
- Metro 2033 Redux → Dec. 22 to Dec. 23, 2020
- Alien: Isolation → Dec. 21 to Dec. 22, 2020
- Defense Grid: The Awakening → Dec. 20 to Dec. 21, 2020
- The Long Dark → Dec. 19 to Dec. 20, 2020
- Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty → Dec. 18 to Dec. 19, 2020
- Cities: Skylines → Dec. 17 to Dec. 18, 2020
- Pillars of Eternity: Definitive Edition → Dec. 10 to Dec. 17, 2020
- Tyranny: Gold Edition → Dec. 10 to Dec. 17, 2020
- Cave Story+ → Dec. 3 to Dec. 10, 2020
Epic Games has been giving out games to play for free for limited periods since December 2018, starting with Subnautica and Super Meat Boy. The tradition continued all the way through 2019 and 2020. They’ve given away superb titles like Transistor, Enter the Gungeon, Overcooked, Fez, Celeste, Layers of Fear, The Escapists, Hello Neighbor, Ticket to Ride, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, World War Z, Figment, Crashlands, ARK: Survival Evolved, Hitman, Abzu, Elite: Dangerous, and many more.
Epic Games has been known to offer some of the titles for free twice, too. Even if you’ve missed particular titles, you can wait and see if the publisher will make a past title available again for free.
Start an Epic Games Account Today
There is no telling when Epic Games will stop its practice of offering free titles every week for players. It is also not known whether its standard free games will remain free. You should therefore make an account now to take advantage of as getting as many free Epic Games title as you can. Who knows? Maybe you will get lucky and stumble upon one of your favorites being given for zero dollars soon.