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Last Chance To Grab This Free Metroidvania

Snag Sundered for free until January 16.

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Epic announced yesterday that it will continue its weekly free games program through 2020. That's awesome news for PC gamers, as the free offerings are often some of the best indie games around. Case in point: Sundered, a chaotic, hand-drawn Metroidvania that's currently free over at Epic. Sundered: Eldritch Edition is only available until tomorrow, January 16 at 2 PM PT / 11 AM ET. Don't worry, a new free game will take its place. Horace, a cute and wildly varied platformer, will be free from January 16 to January 23.

From the developers of Jotun, Sundered released in 2017 and follows a woman named Eshe who finds an ancient monument and gets sucked into an otherworldly cavern. In the underworld, Eshe encounters a malevolent entity known as the Shining Trapezohedron, which becomes her guide, and learns the world is now overrun with monsters and machines. The terrifying hordes of enemies and ever-changing world are heavily inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft.

As Eshe fights her way through the world and attempts to escape, Eshe encounters corrupted Elder Shards, which can grant her the ability to use ancient eldritch powers. The game has multiple endings based on what you decide to do with those relics--embrace their chaotic power or destroy them for good.

Sundered also includes the Magnate of the Gong update, which added local co-op multiplayer support for up to four players. Eldritch Edition also includes new areas and a new boss battle. The game earned a solid 8/10 in GameSpot's Sundered review for its fast-paced combat, well-paced progression, and overall creation of tension and unease.

"Sundered is an enjoyable journey that iterates upon the Metroidvania style in ways that are both satisfying and substantial," wrote Matt Espineli. "Its progression systems are constantly fulfilling and combat is complex and exhilarating. While rare moments of unfair circumstances hold it back, Sundered remains a compelling and rewarding experience that you’ll be eager to play again, if only to seek out its other endings or simply to wipe out another swarm of grotesque creatures."

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Please mention where these free games are from in the title of future articles. Console gamers may be disappointed when it's not on Switch, PlayStation, or Xbox and a number of PC gamers refuse to install the EGS launcher because of Epic's practice of trying to monopolizing PC gaming with exclusivity deals.

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@Jinzo_111887: Read the line below the title. That way all of those people you mentioned can go on with their lives without coming here to make such statements of disdain...

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@gunnyninja: All it says is: "Snag Sundered for free until January 16," unless you mean seeing it somewhere else. If you're coming from GFAQs (like me), all you get is the article title and nothing else unless it's the first article in the queue.

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@Megawizard: Either way, 9 out of 10 freebies mentioned here are coming from Epic. Who doesn't know that by now? His remark proves he didn't really care about being warned. Who would? This fake gaming industry indignation is getting old...

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@gunnyninja: If it's from Epic, I'd rather not waste any time clicking on the link. Is a notice that it's from Epic for for offsite readers for that reason too much to ask for?

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@Jinzo_111887: Yes. Don't click links to free games and you don't have to worry about it. If clicking a link is going to put you out that much, just give up freebies and you are sure to be safe.

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@gunnyninja: I don't mind as long as they're a store I'm willing to support normally, which is I'd like to know where they're coming from. By the way, why aren't announcements about games being added to the humble trove being mentioned? If Epic, Game Pass, and PlayStation Plus, then additions to the humble trove (not the monthly games from them, but the collection they keep building for premium members) not getting articles?

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@Jinzo_111887: Probably because the Humble Trove sucks badly. Gamepass is full of AAA titles. Humble trove is full of $3 games.

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@gunnyninja: When was the last time you checked it?

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@Jinzo_111887: Right before I stopped paying for it.

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@gunnyninja: And how long ago was that?

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@Jinzo_111887: Why? It hasn't gotten any better. Name ONE AAA title in there. Maybe you should go look again.

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@Megawizard: On desktop site, it clearly says where the games are coming from. Maybe it's different on mobile or an offsite link. Either way, it's just a click; the OP is making his comment because he wants to **** on Epic, not because he cares about people being inconvenienced.

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@mogan: Ding! I use gamespot. Also, I'd appreciate it that way because lack of it makes it seem click-baity for some people who are off-site. Example I've already mentioned are console gamers.

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BTW when are these server errors going to be fixed?

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Sundered is actually a pretty good game...

...but it recently has dropped into the $3 or so range during big sales at GOG, so...

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