The Epic Games Store has a knack for keeping gamers engaged, and they’re continuing this trend by releasing two distinct free games on August 10. These titles, Europa Universalis 4 and Orwell: Keeping an Eye on You, are about human experiences across history. The former leans towards grand strategy, while the latter heads into modern simulation.
Continuing the tradition
Every Thursday, you can claim the Epic Games Store’s “free games” and add them to your library without spending a dime. Now, your games for August 10 have been announced, and you’ll want to be ready to claim them as soon as they drop!
The previous offering saw the combination of Loop Hero and Bloons TD 6 alongside The Dungeon Of Naheulbeuk. In just two days, you’re looking at owning Europa Universalis 4 and the dystopian Orwell: Keeping an Eye on You. Together, that’s $50 worth of free content. Let’s take a quick look at each of them and get you in the right head space.
Europa Universalis 4
Europa Universalis 4 is not new to many, having been offered free on the platform before. But it’s a game worth revisiting. This grand strategy simulation game thrusts players into a world where they must build an empire through military might, trade, and more. If they succeed, they might control over 500 nations; if they fail, they lose everything.
This Paradox Development title has been praised for its accessibility to general strategy fans without losing the intricate aspects that make grand strategy games so compelling. Even as the game turns a decade old, exploring history with Europa Universalis 4 remains an inviting adventure.
Orwell: Keeping an Eye on You
On the other side of the spectrum is Orwell: Keeping an Eye on You. Named after famous author George Orwell, this game puts players in the role of a private investigator for an authoritarian government called The Nation.
This thrilling simulation game tasks players with gathering evidence against potential subjects from the internet and social media platforms. The choices they make shape the game’s storyline, and critics have praised this aspect as particularly engaging. However, fans will need to buy the sequel, Orwell: Ignorance is Strength, separately as it’s not included in the free giveaway.
Two Sides of a Coin
The pairing of Europa Universalis 4 and Orwell: Keeping an Eye on You tells a fascinating story. They represent different sides of the simulation genre, showing where humanity has been and emphasizing how people’s choices matter in the larger context.
Simulation games like this are popular, but it’s kind of funny how society is indulging in embracing reality through escapism – just saying. I’m personally a fan of Orwell, but have not played Europa or any similar titles. I’m not opposed to them, I just don’t often have time or energy for 4x-style games. Let me know in the comments what you’ll be playing first!