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Friday Freebie August 28th: Hitman [2016] & Shadowrun Collection

Another pair of free games that are worth a look.

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It is time again for our weekly selection of games that you can play for free, with a few options here depending on exactly what you’re in the mood for. This time, a pair of giveaways from the Epic games store that we think are well worth your attention.

hitman 2016

Hitman [2016] was a soft-reboot of the series, which for many fans was considered to be getting back to its roots. Where the previous entry, Hitman Absolution, was leaning too hard into being a cinematic and action-packed game, at the expense of building a systemic stealth sandbox. Hitman [2016] is a globetrotting adventure, with a series of missions based around multi-layered locations, filled with different routes and different items you can interact with. Each level has a huge variety of ways you can approach an assassination mission, and it encourages an experimental playstyle, that rewards trying different approaches.

This is a meaty package, and as far as we know, once Hitman 3 comes out, you’ll be able to access upgraded versions of all this content through Hitman 3. It’s highly recommended for anyone to give it a try. If you’ve never been able to enjoy these types of games before, or just never tried one, this game does a fantastic job of introducing you to and guiding you through its systems, with lots of option assists and guidance to ease you in. Given that it’s free, there’s never been a better chance to jump in.

Shadowrun Collection

This is a free bundle that includes Shadowrun Returns, Shadowrun Dragonfall, and Shadowrun Hong Kong. These are RPGs that blend cyberpunk and fantasy elements, presented from an isometric perspective, with a turn-based combat system. Each of these is a standalone game, but all set within the same universe. These are very much designed in the classic cRPG formula, pairing classic RPG systems with a more modern look and feel. Worth a look for anyone into RPGs.

These giveaways are running until the 3rd of September. Add them to your account, and they’re yours to keep forever.


Lewie Procter

Lewie skews Chaotic Good where possible, and loves pressing buttons, viewing pixels and listening to sounds. He's written for publications like Rock Paper Shotgun, Eurogamer, VG247 and Kotaku UK, and spent 13 years running Savy Gamer. If you ever get the chance you should ask him to tell you the story about that time he had a fight with a snake on an island off the coast of Cambodia.