One of the best real-time tactics games of the last decade is currently free to keep on the Epic Game Store, but you’ll have to rush to get Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun.
The stealth samurai title is one of this week’s titles Free games from the Epic Games Storealong with Alba: A Wildlife Adventure, and both are yours to download and keep forever – but only if you pick them up before November 24th.
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Since its debut in December 2016, Shadow Tactics has been heralded as one of the best strategy and tactics games for its deft blend of storytelling, combat controls, and world-building.
Rooted in lawless Edo period Japan, it features some of the best tactics-based gameplay in decades. You lead a squad of uniquely talented ninjas through densely engineered stealth machines, requiring you to crawl through enemy lines to complete objectives, eliminate targets and hide evidence to avoid detection.
You’ll play as a rotation of five main characters, each with special abilities and narratives to take into account as you progress through the game. Armed with shuriken and a grappling hook, Hyato is a great starting character, excellently mobile and sneaky, while the unassuming elder Takuro is surprisingly deadly thanks to his sniper rifle that lets you take out targets across the map.
November is a great time for samurai pranks, with Sony donates Soulslike favorite Nioh 2 as part of PS Plus free games line up.
Epic Games is scheduled to change the roster on November 17th, so you’ll need to use those ninja skills and act quickly before it disappears from the free section and is replaced by the horror title Evil Dead: The Game.