One of the best real-time tactical games of the past decade is currently available for free on the Epic Game Store, but you’ll have to hurry up to get Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun.
The Hidden Samurai title is one of this week’s titles Free Epic Games Store Gamesalong with Alba: A Wildlife Adventure, are both yours to download and keep forever – but only if you get them before November 24th.
Samu right up your alley
Since its debut in December 2016, Shadow Tactics has been heralded as one of the best strategy and tactical games around for its outstanding blend of storytelling, combat and world-building controls.
Rooted in the Edo period in Japan, it features some of the best tactics-based gameplay in decades. You lead a squad of uniquely talented ninjas through heavily designed stealth machines, asking you to sneak through enemy lines to complete objectives, take out targets and hide clues to avoid detection.
You will play through the rotation of five main characters, each with special abilities and narration to take into account as you progress through the game. Armed with a shuriken and a hook hook, Hyato is a great starting character, excellently mobile and sneaky, while the unassuming Takuro is surprisingly lethal thanks to his sniper rifle that lets you take down targets across the map.
November is a great time for weird samurai games, with Sony distributes Soulslike’s favorite Nioh 2 as part of Free PS Plus Games Lined up.
Epic Games is set to change the roster on November 17th, so you’ll need to use those ninja skills and act fast before it disappears from the free-to-play section and is replaced by the horror title Evil Dead: The Game.