I don’t think that I could ever state enough how thankful I am that we live in a time where video games can be legally acquired for free throughout each year. To say that I have taken advantage of this generosity would be an understatement. When I’m talking about “free” in this sense, I’m not referring to “free-to-play” games. What I am referring to are full games that are provided free of charge to whoever is willing to take the time to go through the process of claiming them. And if you enjoy free games, then December is the best month of the year in that regard. Last month, I added nearly 20 games to my library that would have easily cost me hundreds of dollars if I were to buy them at regular prices. It was a great haul and a tremendous Christmas gift from the different gaming platforms.
Along with providing weekly free PC games, Epic Games also included 15 consecutive days of free offerings that included Shenmue III, Loop Hero, Prey, Mutant Year Zero, Second Extinction, Neon Abyss, and several other games I didn’t have yet on PC. Perhaps the best offering of the bunch was the inclusion of the modern Tomb Raider trilogy complete with all of the DLC. I had a blast with the first game a couple of years ago and am looking forward to eventually getting around to the other two. The beautiful thing about the Epic Games Store selections was that many of the titles were games that sparked my curiosity at some point before. Shenmue III had been on my radar since it was first released due to my love for the previous two games in the series. Loop Hero was a game I had wanted to try based on the high reviews it received when it first launched. And Prey was a first-person shooter taking place in a space station that I had heard wonderful things about. So it almost felt like the company had me in mind with this year’s giveaways. There were also some repeats from the past in case anyone had missed a previous giveaway. Once again, Epic Games reigned as king of the holiday gaming giveaways.
GOG.com gave away three free PC games in December in the form of Crime Cities, Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun, and I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream. Shadow Tactics was the big standout with the highly-rated title being a unique ninja tactical game involving a significant stealth component and strategy game mechanics. If you enjoy games such as X-Com 2, Desperados 3, and Wasteland 3, then there is a good chance you’ll find a lot to like with Shadow Tactics. Mimimi is the developer behind both Shadow Tactics and Desperados 3 and I’ve personally enjoyed both games.
Steam’s free PC selections consisted of Call of Juarez: Gunslinger and Cave Story’s Secret Santa. I don’t know much about Cave Story but I am familiar with Call of Juarez: Gunslinger. It’s an action-packed shooter set in the Old West. I believe it is the best Call of Juarez game in the series and the one I would recommend other gamers to play more so than any of the other “Call of Juarez” entries. Gunslinger also has much more of an arcade feel than its predecessors, which adds to the fun. You will feel in control of your arsenal at all times thanks to the tight and responsive controls. The action feels very fluid and is fun to play.
Rayman Origins and Anno 1404 were Ubisoft’s giveaways in December. I’m not familiar enough with the Anno series to give any opinion on it. On the contrary, I have played Rayman Legends. It is an outstanding platformer that provides something different from the popular Super Mario Bros. games. I’m sure Rayman Origins will be great as well. Similar to Epic Games, IndieGala tends to provide a free game each week. One of the big highlights for the platform in December was Die Young. It’s an open-world survival adventure where you play as a young woman who has to survive and escape an island in the Mediterranean. Because there were so many users trying to download the game the first few days it was made available, it took me quite a few tries before I could finally successfully download it. Die Young is a game that I had been slightly curious about so I was more than happy to clam the game for free.
All in all, I ended up with more than 20 new games just in December alone due to all of the free giveaways. I’ve now accumulated more than 200 games on my Epic Games Store account. More than 90 percent of the games are freebies the store gave away the past couple of years. I’d like to thank all of the companies involved in making this happen from the publishers to the different platforms that host the games. All of the games mentioned in the post were claimed without needing a paid subscription to any service. Typically, the only requirement is to download the free application that will allow you to install the free game.
So what’s the best way to keep up with the free giveaways? Utilize the “FREE GAMES” section on the menu at the top of the page which has different links that will lead you to free games. Also, bookmark websites such as Game Deals Reddit in your web browser. It’s also one of the links you’ll find here on the website under the “GAME DEALS” pull-down menu. The Game Deals Reddit is my primary source for all free games and sales with daily updates. It’s a wonderful resource if you want to stay in the know regarding free games. Most of the free games you’ll discover throughout the year will likely be on PC. And don’t forget that the Epic Games Store gives away a free PC game each Thursday beginning at 8 a.m. Pacific Standard Time.
Lastly, don’t hesitate to consider the free game sections within the game stores on whatever gaming platform you are using. While this post mainly spoke of free PC games, there are also free-to-play games within the PlayStation Store, Xbox Store, and Nintendo Switch E-Shop that may suit your interests and be worth your time. Free games are in abundance in today’s gaming world and it’s been a lot of fun taking advantage of all the free deals.
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