Epic is still giving away free games on its game store every week of 2022. This week it's Brothers – A Tale of Two Sons, a classic adventure game that's won multiple awards and critical acclaim since its release in 2013. And next week it's Cris Tales, a stylish homage to JRPGs with a unique time-based combat mechanic.
We'll start with Brothers – A Tale of Two Sons, which comes courtesy of Starbreeze Studios and 505 Games. Released in 2013, Brothers would go on to win the 2014 BAFTA award for Best Game Innovation and the 2013 VGX Award for Best Xbox Game. It also received universal acclaim from players and critics alike and racked up hundreds of thousands in sales.
The game tells the story of two brothers (shocking, I know) as they journey to find a cure for their father's illness. The story is told entirely through gestures and expressions as everyone speaks in a fictional language, but the real gimmick of the game is its controls. You control both brothers at the same time using the left and right halves of your controller. The left thumbstick moves one brother while the right thumbstick moves the other. Progression is made by solving puzzles using both brothers simultaneously.
Brothers – A Tale of Two Sons is an emotional story that’s totally free on the Epic Games Store from now until February 24. And from February 24 to March 3, Cris Tales will be the platform's free giveaway.
Cris Tales is a single-player turn-based RPG that describes itself as an homage to classic JRPGs. You play as Crisbell, a time mage that can see into the past and future. After seeing the apocalypse, Crisbell ventures out to change the course of history and save the world, finding like-minded friends along the way. One of them happens to be a talking frog.
Being a time mage, Crisbell's claim to fame is manipulating time for her opponents. Those on the left of the screen can be sent into the past, while the right side of the screen can be sent into the future. The idea is to send your opponents to the time when they're weakest, such as the future if they've been poisoned in the present.
Although not as critically acclaimed as Brothers, Crisbell still has plenty of charm and character for those looking for a classic RPG. Although the time-based combat mechanics can feel clunky and boss fights often require grinding out experience, I hear that's the sort of thing RPG fans love.
Cris Tales will be available for free on the Epic Games Store From February 24 to March 3.
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