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The newest free game being given away on the Epic Game Store is Axiom Verge. First releasing in 2015, Axiom Verge proved popular with fans with its gripping science fiction narrative and Metroidvania-inspired mechanics.

Axiom Verge will be free to download on the Epic Game Store until February 21, but it's yours to keep and play forever once you have. All you need to do is create an Epic account on the company's store page, sign-in, and then you can download the game. It's worth keeping your account around if you want more games, because after Axiom Verge, the Epic Games Store will start offering the excellent Thimbleweed Park for free.

In our Axiom Verge review, Peter Brown gave the game an 8/10, writing, "Axiom Verge is a game that's easy to fall in love with because it hits so many high notes. It takes the Metroidvania model and adds layers of ingenuity that are in a league all of their own, the most notable being the Address Disruptor. Yes it's occasionally drab looking, and some enemies may not fit in with the rest of the world, but when a game is this good, these blemishes quickly fade into the back of your mind. The chilling sci-fi setting, mysterious plot, and a seemingly endless number of abilities keep your mind busy, and your curiosity at fever pitch. It's not a stretch to say that Axiom Verge is better than the games that inspired it, because it's so inventive and thoughtfully crafted. There's no excuse to hold onto the past when the present is this amazing."

The Epic Store is one of the more recent additions to the competition challenging Valve's dominance over the PC gaming market with Steam. Epic has been in the news recently for its habit of securing major exclusives away from Steam, such as Metro Exodus and The Division 2. Valve described Epic's acquisition of the former as "unfair" for players, and the decision to not launch the game on Steam has stirred quite a bit of controversy. Exodus isn't the only major title coming out in the next month that won't launch on Steam, as additional games like Anthem and Crackdown 3 are releasing exclusively on other stores.

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Thank you Brethren, for the heads up. Big Metroid fan here !

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I got away from consoles just so I didn't have bother with picking a system based on exclusives....now I have to have 5 different clients on my computer to play the games I purchased. I'm sorry, but this is stupid.

@Pyrosa How could you not include Castlevania SOTN on that list?

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@black0mega: That's why I said "Metroids". ;)

I need to do a "-vanias" list too, then... which 100% starts with SOTN. (need to finish the 16bit Bloodstained first)

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Best Metroids of all time, IMO:

1. Super Metroid.

2. Shadow Complex

3. Axiom Verge

4. Guacamelee

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Still showing 19.99 usd for. Me. Glitch with their client i guess

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Mmmm... I adore the fresh baked smell of desperation from a company.

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@lonesamurai00: You call this desperation I call this a win win for gamers and having plenty of options from where you want your games is never a bad thing. Yes I'm tired of Steam monopolizing PC gaming and they been doing it for a long time now. Is time for a new kid in town to step in and give them some competition and in this case a few new kids in town.

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@angrycreep: News Flash - "Epic version of Axiom Verge crashed due to missing steam file"

What an Epic mess... wah wah wah.... This store is good for a laugh!

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@angrycreep: Being more successful than your competitors doesn't constitute a monopoly. I have no problem with Steam, unlike epic they aren't trying to force people to use their platform if they want to play a particular game. Granted their green light system or whatever they are calling it these days is a mess. If I where an indie dev trying to get noticed, there's definitely a better chance on epic, that said I wouldn't be signing any exclusivity deals with them.

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@angrycreep: Steam has not monopolized anything so stop saying it because it makes no sense at all. Simply buying off publishers and developers games to be exclusive on your store doesn't impress me - publishers and developers who are too stupid to see that the sheer user numbers of Steam and GOG will outweigh whatever they were paid.

I'm afraid that I have to give The Epic Games Store the Axe-iom.

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I have to say, they're really hitting it out of the park with these freebies. Subnautica, What Remains of Edith Finch, and now Axiom Verge...

I haven't bought a dang thing from the Epic store, but I'm building a pretty awesome library of free stuff. XD

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@powdered_sugar: Subnautica was given away? Where'd I miss this promotion..

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@DAOWAce: it was the first one they did, and I would say this and other sites did cover that. But not everyone reads gaming sites everyday so i can see people missing out on it.

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@powdered_sugar: Lol, same.

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Awesome! I love Metroidvanias and will give this a download. Just hope my computer can run it.

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@DukeGallison: Requirements are pretty low -- and I rank this 3rd of all time on my Metroid list.