There do seem to be a lot of conversions swimming around the mobile gaming pond at the moment, and the big fish in that pond is of course Grand Theft Auto III: Plus, a few pointers for some very tempting freebies this festive period. That tone being quite attractive and moderately intriguing. The way you play through the piece is less subtle and interesting. The sparseness is presumably intended to give you space for contemplation, but to my mind it could have done with a bit more incidental background detail to make the meandering more engaging. Dizzy — Prince of the Yolkfolk.
How the Epic Games Store compares to Steam right now
Origin and Battle. Valve has left us wanting at times, but we ve grown fond of Steam s endlessly growing stock of games, its community and multiplayer features, and its seasonal discount sprees. There are other PC game distributors, but none that have really challenged Steam. Yet when Fortnite became a phenomenon in , Epic was emboldened in a way we didn t predict.
The Epic Games Store, which it launched late last year, is unlikely to replace Steam anytime soon, but it won t be for a lack of trying, or money. Right now, Epic is attracting developers to its new store with a more favorable revenue sharing scheme and attracting users with free games and exclusives, but the store itself remains barebones. After a month, here s where Epic s store stands, and what we expect as moves along. The Epic Store currently hosts about two dozen games, some unreleased, and some that will be exclusive to the platform for 12 months or longer, such as Journey, Maneater, and Satisfactory which we re really looking forward to.
It s also giving away free games throughout the year. Epic s latest deal will bring The Division 2 to the platform , and while Ubisoft s shared-world shooter will also release on Uplay, there are "no plans" to bring it to Steam. That s a big deal, as along with CD Projekt and 2K for now , Ubisoft has been one of the last big-publisher Steam holdouts. EA ditched it. Activision ditched it.
Bethesda ditched it with Fallout Blizzard never needed it. But with Uplay unable to gain quite the same purchase as Origin and Battle. Should The Division 2 find success on the Epic Store, should we expect Ubisoft to make similar deals for its other games? Will s Assassin s Creed release on Steam? That s a question for the first time. Though it s scored some big games, Epic s library is miniscule compared to Steam s 30, games —the Epic Store isn t a place to discover new games, rather somewhere to purchase and play games we ve already heard about.
From what we ve heard, that s intentional, but while Epic s offerings are "hand-curated" so far, the company does plan to "open up more broadly to other games and to Android and other open platforms throughout Given Epic s young-skewing Fortnite audience, I highly doubt that means it will adopt Steam s anything goes policy. Hentai puzzle games will probably remain Steam s domain, then, while Epic takes a more hands-on approach to filling out its library.
We ll find out more as the year progresses. The Epic Games Store launched with four functions: There s also a friends list, to be fair, but that s about it. When installing a game, it doesn t even tell you how much space the game requires, or how much space is available on your selected drive, and the lack of forums prompted some of those who picked up Subnautica when it was free to venture over to the Steam forums for technical support.
Just to make the point more emphatically, here s a comparison of Steam and the Epic Store s features as of right now:. I could make an even bigger spreadsheet, but you get it: Steam has added feature after feature over the past decade and more, whereas Epic launched its store with just the basics. This is, in part, because Epic hasn t finished building the store, but it does seem to prefer a clean and simple design. In the announcement post, it promised "no store-placed ads or cross-marketing of competing games" on game pages, for instance.
On a Russian podcast which was summarized by ResetEra user daxy , Epic Games director of publishing strategy Sergey Galyonkin discussed future additions including customer reviews, cloud saves, achievements, and social features. On Twitter , Galyonkin called daxy s summary "incorrect," but didn t contradict the post. My request for clarification from Epic has not been returned, so the summary and the tweets are mostly what we have to go on for now.
The overall suggestion from Galyonkin s comments, both on Twitter and in the podcast summary, is that Epic doesn t want to replicate Steam s problems with identical features. Forums were revolutionary 20 years ago, but right now there are better tools to have discussions online. Based on all of Galyonkin and Epic founder Tim Sweeney s comments, we can expect user reviews—which will be opt-in for developers, according to Sweeney—user profiles, cloud saving, offline use confirmed for early , and other basic features to appear over the next year.
I also expect to see basic usability improvements, such as, say, showing us how big the game we re installing is. Epic rapidly iterated on Fortnite , and had it not, there would likely be no Epic Store. In theory, it can apply the same energy to its store. Epic hasn t added much as of yet, though it has updated its refund policy to be in line with that of Steam s, which is a start.
There s a ton of room to improve. To encourage adoption at this early stage in its life, Epic is offering free and exclusive games. To get developers on board, it s undercutting Steam s revenue take. Where Steam takes 30 percent of the revenue from on-platform game sales, Epic will only take 12 percent, and will also cover the 5 percent Unreal Engine royalty fee for games that use it.
By calling this "fair economics," Epic isn t being subtle in its message: Valve is greedy, Epic is your friend. It bears mention that, while Steam does take 30 percent of on-platform sales, it also allows developers to generate game keys and sell them to other retailers, such as Humble, or directly to players, bypassing the cut.
And, on top of its in-store discovery efforts some more successful than others , Valve provides a massive userbase and the Steamworks API which helps handle multiplayer matchmaking, microtransactions, achievements, cloud saving, mod distribution, and so on. Right now, Epic doesn t offer much at all, and plans to aid developers in marketing not primarily by developing in-store features, but by providing a framework for sharing revenue with influencers, as described below.
When it comes to helping players find games they want to buy, Steam has focused its efforts on in-store discovery: The Epic Store is currently just a list of games in a staggered grid. In-store discovery isn t as important to Galyonkin as influencers streamers and YouTubers, mainly which he says are "one of the main game discovery engines in the industry right now. In short, developers will be able to opt-in to Epic s Support-a-Creator program to offer special links to influencers, who can share them with their audiences for a cut of the sales they drive.
The amount a developer chooses to share with influencers will be up to them, and for the first two years of the store s operation, Epic will cover five percent of this revenue sharing. We don t consider ourselves influencers, but James does stream every week , sometimes with cat. Steam has thus far avoided any kind of referral scheme. We have a Steam Curator page , for instance, but do not receive a cut of the sales that result from our reviews and recommendations.
We do, however, use affiliate links for retailers such as Amazon, mainly to support our hardware testing, and we say so when we do our policy can be found here. Affiliate linking is common practice for many hardware retailers, as well as some game retailers, but Epic may become the largest direct digital distributor of games to offer such a program.
We can only speculate on the possible effects. If a game releases on Steam and the Epic Store, can we expect most streamers and YouTubers to recommend purchasing it on the Epic Store, where they directly profit? Will the pressure to be positive, driving sales and thus affiliate revenue, result in undue enthusiasm for Epic Store games? Will developers of cheaper games who can only offer influencers the five percent currently covered by Epic be better off relying on Steam s in-store recommendation engine over betting on the PewDiePie bump?
How this all shakes out will undoubtedly be one of the biggest stories of the year. Epic isn t afraid to spend its Fortnite money, as evidenced by its free game program, and it s been quick to jump on any opportunity: When Unity and Improbable had a public spat last week, it was mere hours before Epic announced a partnership with the latter.
The company has also secured multiple exclusives, including Journey, which we never even expected to come to PC. It s going hard, in other words. Meanwhile, Steam has 90 million monthly users , and plans to spend the year improving discoverability, growing in China, building out its Twitch competitor, and improving the client. The Epic Store has made itself known, and will surely introduce the unruly Fortnite crowd to new games throughout , but I don t expect it to slow Steam down—not yet, at least.
GOG and itch. The best-case scenario is that the competition inspires Valve, Epic, and everyone else to improve their offerings—maybe with features we didn t even know we wanted or perhaps a few more Valve-developed games? However it shakes out, Epic has ensured that is going to be a lively chapter in the story of PC gaming. See comments. Topics Epic.
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For Xbox owners, Lara Croft: Guardian of Light and Far Cry 2 will be free for the month of January Xbox games are a little old but both of them are solid titles. For Xbox One, Celeste is one of the best indie titles ever made and WRC 6 is a good game but only for those who prefer racing games. Both titles are playable on Xbox One with backwards compatibility so anyone who has an Xbox One can enjoy all four titles on their current-gen console.
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With June in full swing, PlayStation Plus subscribers have another lineup of free games available to download throughout this month. There s also a bonus game announced during E3, as Plus members can download Call of Duty: Additionally, Destiny 2 will be free to play for a few days if you have Plus. Time is running our for June s freebies, but we now know what to expect in July. The strategy game has tons of fans and has gathered lots of critical acclaim over the years for its many tactical layers, fun high-stakes gameplay, and great character development. The motorcycle platform-racing game has you zooming your way through courses covered in obstacles and ramps--the goal is to beat out players from around the world in time trials. PS3 players can play Ghost Recon:
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Microsoft is giving away Rare Replay and a host of other digital goods for those who use its Mixer streaming service this week. Connect your Xbox Live account with a Mixer account simply logging into Mixer with your Xbox account in a browser, or watching on Xbox or via the Game bar on Windows 10 should also create an account for you and catch one of Xbox s E3 shows this week will entitle you to the following rewards:. Eligible shows include Microsoft s E3 conference that aired on Sunday night, or the Live E3 shows on the following days:. You should receive the goods "within a week or less", according to the terms and conditions. It s worth nothing Rare Replay and The Final Station are mature games, so any accounts registered to anyone under 17 years old won t receive them. The giveaway was originally intended only for those watching Microsoft s E3 conference, but has extended the offer to anyone who watches one of its E3 briefing shows this week. For those who aren? For the uninitiated, Mixer is a new name for Beam , a Twitch-rival that is currently baked into the Xbox One user interface, and offers several unique features, such as co-streaming with multiple people on a single broadcast. Buy Rare Replay from Amazon [? Matthew edits guides and other helpful things at Eurogamer.
How the Epic Games Store compares to Steam right now
There are so many free games out there right now. And, unlike Xbox and PlayStation, which have their own free game ecosystems through Xbox Games with Gold and PlayStation Plus, respectively, things work much differently if you have a gaming PC — the best free games take a dedicated approach. You can even download the Epic Games Store app and get some premium indie games for free every couple weeks. Duel Links, the best free games cover a wide range of genres and styles. Dauntless is essentially a household name at this point, becoming an overnight success on PC thanks to Monster Hunter World. Enter Dauntless.
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