Epic Games is shaking things up with its mystery reveal. The store has been teasing us with a countdown and pretty graphic announcing a mystery game. This week’s freebie is Get Sid Meier’s Civilization VI!

This new era of mystery kicked off two weeks ago when Epic Games Store first announced the mystery title reveal. Of course, the first big title in the lineup was none other than Grand Theft Auto 5 (GTA 5).

Everyone was eager to get their hands on GTA 5 as soon as possible; gamers swarmed the Epic Games Store, causing the site to crash. Not an ideal situation for gamers stuck in isolation.

Available from Epic Games this week

Sid Meier’s Civilization VI

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Sid Meier’s Civilization VI – which was developed by Firaxis Games, published by 2K and distributed by Take-Two back in October 2016 – is a turn-based strategy game that really needs no introduction.

Chapter VI offers new ways to interact with your world, expand your empire across the massive map, advance your culture and compete against history’s greatest leaders.

Interactions with other civilisations change over the course of the game, from primitive first interactions where conflict is a fact of life, to late game alliances and negotiations.

The aim is to build a Civilisation unlike any other, a civilisation that will stand the test of time. And it’s free! Well, only until 28 May. If you miss out, you’ll have to shell out R830 for it.

Watch: Sid Meier’s Civilization VI trailer

Civilization VI has a 9 out of 10 rating on Steam and GameSpot, while Game Informer gave it a 9.5 out of 10, along with a 9.4 out of 10 from IGN and 93 out of 100 from PC Gamer.

Ben Reeves from Game Informer Civilization VI as having an “incredibly strong formula” for an “already great game”. And last but by no means least, Sean Bean narrates your every achievement. What’s not to love about that?

“Civilization VI is a Swiss Watch of complexity. Every element of Firaxis’ newest strategy simulation has been refined to a razor’s edge”.

Ben Reeves, Game Informer

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Grand Theft Auto 5

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Honestly, this one needs no introduction. How do we know it’s GTA 5 if the site is down? Well, they accidentally shared a tweet before the announcement was to be released.

Needless to say, the tweet was removed as soon as they realised what happened, but it’s was already too late. However, eagle-eyed fans took receipts and shared it far and wide.

GTA 5 raked in good reviews and high scores for years now. Metacritic gives it 97/100 while Edge, Games Radar+, and IGN gave it a full score. Jeff Bakalar from CNET describes it as “hands-down a must, play, an instant classic”.

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