The Best Games on the Epic Games Store

These are the best of the best you can buy right now on Epic's storefront

The best games on the Epic Game Store are constantly changing because games often launch exclusively with Epic and then come to other storefronts later. Other storefronts like Steam invariably have more features, so they're usually preferred by gamers.

Some games do remain exclusive to Epic, though, and today we will be looking at those as well as current exclusives on the platform to show you the best the Epic Games Store has to offer in 2021.

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Epic's Biggest Game: Fortnite

Fortnite

Epic Games

What We Like
  • It's free!

  • Lot's to do and unlock.

  • Creative, colorful take on battle royale genre.

What We Don't Like
  • Endless monetization.

  • Toxic community.

  • Skills gap between old and new players.

Fortnite is Epic Games' largest, most popular property by far. If you aren't already familiar, Fortnite is a third-person-shooter battle royale game where you and 99 other players are dropped onto a huge map that gets progressively smaller where you have one goal: survive.

If you can outwit, outlast, or outplay your enemies and be the last person standing, you'll have won a game of Fortnite. Doing this is no easy task, so you'll have to explore the map for valuable loot and gear and get accustomed to Fortnite's characteristic building system, which allows you to create structures and cover on the fly.

Available for: Windows

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Epic's Biggest Acquisition: Rocket League

Rocket League

Psyonix

What We Like
  • It's free!

  • Awesome premise: vehicular soccer!

  • Play as seriously or casually as you like.

What We Don't Like
  • Removed from Steam.

  • Endless monetization.

Rocket League is like if an esport athlete set out to design a chill party game: Rocket League is soccer, but with rocket-powered cars, which works exactly like it sounds it does. Accordingly, a game of Rocket League can be a hilarious, silly experience.

But there is also a lot of depth to each of Rocket League's cars, the mechanics of movement, and the larger strategies a team can implement to bring home a win. You can play Rocket League competitively, too, where there's a fairly active scene. So, while somewhat silly, you can get as much out of Rocket League as you want to put in.

Available for: Windows

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Best Game That Started as a Mod: Auto Chess

Auto Chess

Drodo Studio

What We Like
  • It's free!

  • Great introduction to auto battler games.

  • Started as a mod for Dota 2 and became a phenomenon .

What We Don't Like
  • Generic visual design

  • Won't appeal to people who don't like the genre.

The auto battler genre that Auto Chess kickstarted is inspired by chess but sees players place characters on a grid-shaped battlefield (i.e. a chessboard) that then fight other characters without direct input from the player.

Auto Chess started as a mod for Dota 2, which Valve then turned into their own game Dota Underlords, but Drodo Studio, the makers of the original mod, turned their mod into a game entirely unconnected to the Dota universe, so you won't need any familiarity with that to get into Auto Chess.

Available for: Windows

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Best Card Game: Magic: The Gathering Arena

Magic: The Gathering Arena

Wizards of the Coast

What We Like
  • It's free!

  • Easy to play the classic card game online.

  • Plays just like the real thing.

What We Don't Like
  • Buying virtual cards not as good as the real thing.

  • High-skill ceiling can be overwhelming and unfriendly to new players.

Magic is a card gaming giant that has stood the test of time. In Magic, traditionally two players face off against each other using their decks to cast spells, use artifacts, and summon creatures in order to bring the other player's life down to zero.

In Magic: The Gathering Arena you can collect cards, build decks, and play Magic just like how it's always been done, and you can either play traditional constructed decks as well as draft. Magic: The Gathering Arena is supported by microtransactions where you can purchase currency to use to enter a draft or open new card packs.

Available for: Windows and Mac

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Best Sandbox Game: Hitman 3

Hitman 3

IO Interactive A/S

What We Like
  • Systems-driven gameplay gives players a lot of freedom.

  • Lots of content, including ability to import maps from Hitman 1 and 2.

  • A better story than previous titles.

What We Don't Like
  • Nothing particularly new.

  • Less ambitious narrative than gameplay mechanics.

  • A.I. can be lacking.

Hitman games are all about tossing players into wide, open sandbox levels; giving them access to a big variety of tools and mechanics; and then encouraging players to kill their targets in the most creative ways possible. Hitman 3 nails all of this.

This may not be the best stealth-sandbox ever made, but its level design is intricate and engaging and its mechanics are robust and well-made. Plus, every mission, as well as the importable missions, is eminently replayable, never feeling stale even after many runs through.

Available for: Windows

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Best Zombie Game: World War Z

World War Z

Saber Interactive

What We Like
  • Left 4 Dead's magic formula still works today.

  • Fast-paced zombie-killing action.

  • Built around co-op.

What We Don't Like
  • Doesn't bring anything particularly new to the table.

  • Fairly generic look and feel.

Did you like Left 4 Dead? Do you like co-op shooters? If you answered yes to either, World War Z probably won't disappoint. It's a fast-paced third-person co-op shooter where you and your friends take down legions of zombies in its PvE campaign, though there is a PvP mode as well.

World War Z doesn't do anything revolutionary, and its style and aesthetic are nothing to write home about either. But what's there is a very solid cooperative shooter that scratches the same itch Left 4 Dead once did and games like Warhammer: Vermintide do now. If you and your friends need something new to do, World War Z is well worth a pickup.

Available for: Windows

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Best Skating Game: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2

Vicarious Visions

What We Like
  • Faithful remakes of classics.

  • Modern graphical fidelity.

  • Lots of quality-of-life upgrades.

What We Don't Like
  • Occasional camera issues.

  • Some maps age better than others.

Skating games have been around for a long time, but they've never been as popular as they were in the early-to-mid 2000s with the Tony Hawk Pro Skater series. Finally, the first two entries in the series have been lovingly remade so modern audiences have a chance to experience these classics today.

All the maps you know and love make a return but with much more added detail and in a much higher resolution. The iconic music of these games is back, too; in fact, though it's a remake, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 is remarkably faithful to the originals, updating now-ancient assets with modern ones and bringing quality-of-life fixes without changing any of the core mechanics.

Available for: Windows

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Best Remaster: Saints Row: The Third Remastered

Saints Row: The Third Remastered

Deep Silver Volition

What We Like
  • Huge graphical upgrade.

  • Lots of freedom to do whatever you want.

  • Grand Theft Auto if GTA took itself much less seriously than it already does.

What We Don't Like
  • Silly can become corny, very quickly.

  • Edginess for edginess' sake isn't the most clever comedy.

  • Occasional technical issues.

Saints Row is Grand Theft Auto for people who think GTA is too realistic and gritty. It's also for people who love crude humor and general edginess for its own sake. If that's your cup of tea, Saints Row is an open-ended, freeform take on the GTA formula that never takes itself too seriously.

Saints Row: The Third originally came out all the way back in 2011, so a modern recreation of the game with all the attendant high-res textures, effects, and lighting we see in games today helps to make Saints Row: The Third in 2021 look just like it does in your memories.

Available for: Windows

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Best Strategy Game: A Total War Saga: TROY

A Total War Saga: Troy

CREATIVE ASSEMBLY

What We Like
  • Amazing setting.

  • Lots to learn about Greek mythology.

  • Classic Total War formula.

What We Don't Like
  • More of the same.

  • Less ambitious in scope than other Total War games.

The Total War series has been around for a long time, earning respect in the minds of many gamers. If you aren't familiar, Total War games are real-time strategy games played in part on maps where lots of macro decisions about your nation are made and in part on the battlefield where control of individual units is handed over to the player.

A Total War Saga: TROY brings all of this to the table in the context of beautiful ancient Greek mythology and art to realize the fabled mythical city of Troy in-game. Spread across eight factions is a massive, epic quest that culminates in the battle for Troy itself. If you like strategy games and are interested in Greek mythology, this is a can't-miss!

Available for: Windows and Mac

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Best Indie Game: Bugsnax

Bugsnax

Young Horses

What We Like
  • Fun premise: a world of edible critters.

  • Lots of charm and humor.

  • Surprisingly deep story.

What We Don't Like
  • Short.

  • Sometimes repetitive.

Marketed as a PlayStation 5 launch title, the weird indie puzzle-adventure game Bugsnax also launched on the Epic Games Store. Though its initial tailor scared some away with how silly it all was, the finished product, though near-bursting with charm and quirk, tells a surprisingly deep story about a world of edible creatures.

Practically speaking, this is an approximately six-hour-long adventure game with some light puzzle elements, so don't expect too much mechanical depth or a huge world to explore. But if you're looking for a fun way to relax and enjoy an inventive, fresh story, look no further than Bugsnax.

Available for: Windows and Mac

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