Update vom 24. April 2021:
Good news: This week’s Epic gift, Alien: Isolation, even comes with the Last Survivor DLC this time. Here you take on the role of Ellen Ripley herself – and actress Sigourney Weaver even personally speaks the role that made her world famous.
When the survival horror game was last given away, the addon wasn’t on board. It is therefore particularly worthwhile to strike. In the original article we explain what other arguments in favor of it and what sensitive players should urgently take to heart. There is also a second free game on Epic.
And that’s still not all: apart from Epic, there are two more games to try out for free this weekend. Two plus two gives:
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4 free games on the weekend
Original message from April 22nd:
New week, new gifts: Epic Games is giving away two games again after giving away three titles last week. This week, the high-profile survival horror game Alien: Isolation and the roguelike dungeon crawler Hand of Fate 2 are free.
The free games will be available to download for free from April 22 to 29, 2021 at 5 p.m. each time. Whoever strikes by then can keep the games.
But time doesn’t grow on trees: That’s why we help you with the question of whether Alien: Isolation and / or Hand of Fate 2 could be worthwhile for you.
Alien: Isolation – Test video for the survival horror game
What kind of game is that? Alien: Isolation is a survival horror game developed by Creative Assembly and tells a new story based around the famous film franchise. You are Ellen Ripley’s daughter Amanda in first person view on the Sevastopol space station to investigate the disappearance of your mother.
Of course, the people on the station are not alone, they have to fight off dangerous synthetics. And a Xenomorph alien is also on board. The terrifying monster is hopelessly superior to you, immortal in the game and equipped with a learning AI.
So you wander through the station artfully designed according to the template (keyword 1970s Sci-Fi), follow an exciting story and try not to be killed by the alien or the androids. This is difficult because the alien is very clever and moves freely through ventilation shafts, corridors and rooms. Hiding, learning from mistakes and the clever use of many gadgets inspired by the films (“Beep, Beep, Beep”) are the keys to survival.
Who is Alien: Isolation for? You need really strong nerves to endure Alien: Isolation. The film-ready staging and atmospheric game world are in a good mood, but the alien is a really, really terrifying opponent. Anyone who has already shuddered at the films will be surprised how much the interactive factor intensifies this effect.
So you also have to deal with the permanent feeling of helplessness. You can chase the alien away with a flamethrower later in the game, but that’s only a temporary solution.
Strong nerves, an enthusiasm for the films and a desire for survival horror are helpful so that you can enjoy this game. If that fits, you’ll get one of the best alien games ever.
Fancy a test article? May I help you:
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Alien: Isolation Under Test – The Game of a Thousand Deaths
Hand of Fate 2
What kind of game is that? Hand of Fate 2 is a roguelike in which you use cards to strengthen your heroes. It is one of the so-called deck builder games, an original board game genre that was also defined for PCs by the ingenious Slay the Spire.
Hand of Fate 2 also features elements from text adventures, as this is how you progress in the story and influence the course of the story through the choice of your actions. Hand of Fate 2 gets really handsome when your decisions lead you into a fight. Then you take the sword in your hand yourself in an action phase in real time and beat up the opponents.
Then it is particularly important which weapons and equipment you put on your character in the board game phase. They influence your strength, but also which special maneuvers you can perform. Due to the many random elements and the possibility of unlocking new cards for later runs, Hand of Fate 2 achieves the replayability of a roguelike, which is typical for the genre.
Who is Hand of Fate 2 for? The game is clearly aimed at roguelike fans, but also at board game fans who are not averse to a good portion of fast action. You might also like Hand of Fate 2 if you like random story elements and want to try a different strategy with each run. If you are put off by chance, which can also lead to bad luck, you are at the wrong address with Hand of Fate 2.
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Hand of Fate 2 in the test – the constant of fate
Many genres come together in Hand of Fate 2: RPG, roguelike dungeon crawler, action game, deck builder, virtual board game … What sounds like it can easily go wrong convinced us in the test.
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In the video on Youtube you can see what the gameplay of Hand of Fate 2 is all about.