With respect to game subscription services like PS Plus or Xbox Game Pass or platforms that offer free games like the Epic Games Store, variety is the spice of life. If every game fell into a similar box on these platforms, then their current popularity would cease to exist. Each of them excels at providing fans with games that look nothing alike, and the Epic Games Store has made sure that its two main games on September 1 can no longer be different.
On September 1, Epic Games Store users will be able to claim the Knockout City Armazillo DLC Pack, plus two games: Shadow of the Tomb Raider Definitive Edition and Submerged: hidden depths. The former tells the latest high-stakes story for Lara Croft and does so with all of the game’s DLC included, but while those looking for thrills might be better off playing it, those looking for something to relax should go. Overwhelmed first.
Tomb Raider vs Submerged: Survival vs ‘Relaxploration’
In terms of genre, there isn’t much of a distinction between an action-adventure game and a pure exploration game outside of how you approach the different mechanics. An exploration game might have action sequences but not enough to hit the first category, for example. Yet, while Shadow of the Tomb Raider is based on action and survival, these don’t even exist in the gameplay of Overwhelmed. In the latter, fans take on the role of Miku searching for half-sunken buildings, ruins, and more. with a rowboat, etc., in search of supplies to improve his brother, Taku. There are no enemies, no combat, but a sense of “relaxploration”, as developer Uppercut Games coined it.
In turn, there is no true relaxation in Shadow of the Tomb Raiderexploring. There are disturbing and difficult tombs, an environment filled with ways for Croft to attack enemies, camouflage himself or instill fear in his enemies. There’s plenty of action, enemies, and even deaths for Lara Croft. It’s an interesting distinction made between the two games, and while some will appeal to all players, there’s definitely something for anyone between these two.
Sometimes it’s best to play a game and relax; Submerged: hidden depths check all the necessary boxes for this. Sometimes it’s better to play a game that gets the blood pumping than something nice and sweet; Shadow of the Tomb Raider check it all out. And the Epic Games Store is the service providing players with both boxes on September 1.
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