Epic Games Store has been offering a free game every week for some time now, but their latest offering is a particularly eye-catching one. Kingdom Come: Deliverance is now completely free on the online store.
Developers, Warhorse Studios, created a huge, unique game in Kingdom Come: Deliverance. It’s a medieval RPG dripping in gritty realism. We’ll warn you now − it’s very, very easy to die in this game.
The game was going for £24.99 before this deal and the opportunity is a limited one. If you want to grab the game for free, get on the Epic Games Store before February 20.
On initial release Kingdom Come: Deliverance received a lot of criticism for the incredible amount of bugs packed into the game. Thankfully, a series of patches (one of which was over 23GB!) fixed the game up and made it much more playable. Now, it’s a fantastic experience – albeit one that will still frustrate at times as it strives for ultra realism.
If you’re brave enough to spend the £0.00 and try Kingdom Come: Deliverance, you’ll play medieval blacksmith’s son, Henry. Minor spoiler incoming…
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A few minutes into the story his family is brutally murdered and Henry is forced to flee the small village he calls home.
From then on the game sees Henry take on the minutiae of medieval life in Bohemia while, at the same time, becoming embroiled in the civil war that has just broken out.
The story gives Henry meaningful choices, detailed environments and tough but rewarding skill development. There is a huge open world to roam around in but, when compared to more mainstream open world games, players must consider that Henry is much more vulnerable to his enemies than a Skyrim’s ‘Dragon Born’ for instance, or the Witcher’s Geralt of Rivia.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance is full of steep learning curves. Remember learning to fight and pick locks in Skyrim and Oblivion? Simple sword swinging and a few button combinations, right? Not in this game. Picking locks is a painstaking process and you will be killed a lot of times before you master the game’s combat to any serviceable level.
At moments the game feels like you’ve been dropped into someone else’s RPG, as a vulnerable inconsequential character who the hero will probably kill at some point. Of course, as your skill develops this feeling dies down and, eventually, you’ll probably become quite an adept medieval knight (or assassin, or archer, or… whatever you choose to be).
That’s quite unique about Kingdom Come, the progress feels much more marked than that in comparable games like Skyrim, where the player always feels like the powerful hero, even at low levels. This plays into the plot in meaningful ways too.
The world is an incredibly detailed one. Get into a fight and your clothes will be covered in blood, or they may just become dirty from wear. This will unsettle a nobleman if you try and make conversation, but conversely, if you try and talk to a medieval peasant in a King’s clothes, they might be equally confused.
As well as playing into your stealth rating and ability to sneak, clothes will play into how conspicuous you are when travelling around normally. This is just one of a wide variety of detailed touches that make Kingdom Come a unique experience. It’s an amazing opportunity to be able to fire up the game for free on the Epic Games Store.
Take a look at the video below for a closer look at quite how much detail Warhorse Studios went into while making the game’s combat system…