Have you ever thought, “I really want to try one of the big Paradox grand strategy games, but I don’t want to invest any money in it because the whole thing is likely to end quickly and badly?” Of course I do. One day many years ago, I desperately bought Europa Universalis: Rome, determined to scratch from this itch. Thirty minutes later, when I desperately flipped through the phone book-sized manual, I realized that I had always been right.I was the way Beyond my depth.
The good news for anyone in a similar situation is that you will soon have the opportunity to embark on a journey of grand strategy self-discovery without spending a penny: the acclaimed Europa Universalis 4, “A textured and fascinating simulation game that conquered the common ground between ordinary Civilization V players and long-term supporters of grand strategy”, will be available for free on the Epic Games Store next week.
This is the base game, not one of the many bundles listed on Steam, but EU4 will be a new addition to the Epic Store, so we may see some of the additional content — and, some people would think, more It’s a game of paradox-it will develop in this direction in the future. Nevertheless, even without any additional content, this is a huge and unexpected (relatively speaking, anyway) strategic experience.
However, before that, Escapist, This week’s giveaway game, the same acclaimed independent jailbreak simulator. Do it quietly (dig a tunnel), do it loudly (cause a riot), or do other things altogether-it doesn’t matter, as long as you get out. Epic still does not support user ratings, but it has received a “very good” overall ranking (which has been launched since 2015) in more than 13,000 user reviews on Steam, which is a very reliable thing.
By the way, this is not The Escapists’ first free week on the Epic Store-it is free in 2019, and its sequel is free in 2020. But if you missed it then you have a chance to catch up.
Before September 30th, evaders in the Epic store are free, and EU4 will intervene in violations at that time. For more free games, please pay close attention to our list.