BioShock-as-walking-sim Close to the Sun and Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments are free right now on the Epic Games Store.
In the 13 years since BioShock, plenty of games have tried to recapture the brilliance of Irrational’s classic to varying degrees of success. Prey took the Art Deco aesthetic to space. BioShock Infinite transplanted the plasmid-fueled first-person shooting to a floating city. And, Close to the Sun stars Nikola Tesla on a cruise ship genius colony.
This week’s other freebie is Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments, a title which has too many words ending in “S” for my taste. It received strong reviews back in 2014, and generally seems to be one of the best entries in Frogwares’ long-running detective series.
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