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Crucible is the new hero shooter from Amazon Games, and it's free to play

Crucible is the new hero shooter from Amazon Games, and it's free to play
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Unless you’ve been living at the bottom of the ocean or on one of the moons of Saturn, you’ll likely have heard of Amazon. In fact, even if you do live on Titan, I’m pretty sure you can still get 24 hour Prime delivery out there. What you might not know about Amazon is that its looking to get into the video games market in a big way, and the first title from Amazon owned developer Relentless Studios, called Crucible (opens in new tab), is launching today.

Crucible is a free-to-play, online, third-person hero shooter that looks like an amalgamation of every other popular video game from the last five years. There's a bit of Fortnite here, a sprinkle of Overwatch there, and a whole heaping spoonful of League of Legends in the mix too. This “we spent a billion dollars on focus testing and this is what people like” approach to video game development has resulted in one of the most generic looking video games that we’ve seen in quite some time, but according to our friends over at Gamesradar (opens in new tab) it plays a lot better than it looks.

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Amazon already has an almost absolute dominance over the online shopping world, along with a strong competitor in the best TV streaming services (opens in new tab) wars with Amazon Prime Video (opens in new tab). It also completely obliterated the competition when it comes to the best audiobook services (opens in new tab) with its Audible (opens in new tab) service. Could gaming be the next big move for Amazon? Will they enter the video games console (opens in new tab) race alongside Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, and Google? Did you even remember that the Google Stadia existed until we just reminded you? So many questions.

Crucible is available to download now for PC via the Steam store (opens in new tab) for free. If your current rig isn’t powerful enough to play crucible, then check out our best home computers (opens in new tab) guide, which includes the monstrous Alienware Aurora R9 (opens in new tab) gaming PC - perfect for crushing your enemies on. 

Ian Stokes is the Tech Editor here at Top Ten Reviews. He has extensive experience in tech and games journalism, with work published on IGN, Kotaku UK, Waypoint, GamesRadar, Trusted Reviews, and many more. You'll find him covering everything from smartphones and home computers to 3D printers and headphones. He's also our resident cocktail expert.