XCOM 2 is free to play this weekend

If you’ve not played XCOM 2 [official site] yet but Alec’s War of the Chosen review has you excited for the game it’ll be once the expansion hits, er, this weekend you can see what the turn-based tactics ’em up is like before that. Not as good? But still possibly up your spacestreet. Until Sunday evening, the full version of XCOM 2 is free to try. If you want it for keepsies, it’s on sale too.

Hit Steam and you can play XCOM 2 until 9pm (1pm Pacific) on Sunday.

The sale will continue until Monday, bringing the base game down to £13.99/19,99€/$23.99. The DLC season pass is half-price too. The DLC isn’t amazing but some is quite fun and you might fancy a pop at that price.

Remember to download Team RPS for your squad. Oh, and don’t forget mods like Long War 2 if you want something tougher.

I suppose all that 🡑 chat is for the benefit of folks who’ve not even played XCOM 2. For those of us who have? A lump of Wot Alec Thinks about War of the Chosen:

“This is XCOM writ so damn large, so wide and wild and all-consuming, that it gets the same intractable hooks into me that XCOM games always have while also taking me to new places, occupying even more parts of my obsessive brain. It’s true that it’s this ridiculous carnival of ideas and not necessarily complementary themes, and that it would have been better to have a root and branch rethink of the strategy map rather than make it a frenzy of nagging, but despite – maybe even because – of all that, this is the first time than an XCOM or X-COM game can be truly described as an epic.

“Where XCOM 2’s campaign could feel like the drawn-out prelude to the foregone conclusion of the climactic fight, this feels like, if you’ll excuse the term, a long war. It’s a hard-fought bringing together of a rag-tag army of vengeance, with landmark battles and true heroes emerging from the miasma of skirmishes. Sometimes, I shake my head at its absurdity and its noise, but I really cannot get enough of it.”

The expansion is due to launch next Tuesday, August 29th.


  1. Cyrus says:

    Make your own SG1? Hell yes! The voice mods really adds to the game.

  2. Sin Vega says:

    Bums. I hated the first one but have been periodically curious about the second. This weekend I am moving house though, so not a chance. Bah and swears.

  3. geldonyetich says:

    Having beaten it already, and resigned myself as unlikely to resist the $40 expansion due out in days, I look at the free to play period and slashed cost of the main game with a certain sense of existentialism.

    • Unclepauly says:

      Having never played the second I’m excited and oddly *also* looking into that abyss. I don’t like when good(great?) games get price cuts.

  4. Cederic says:

    15 hours played for free, but the game crashes put me off buying it. I wont complete the campaign, but that’s fine. I got to instakill a double pod spawn on overwatch, thus fulfilling the only real goal of the game (while demonstrating both why it’s great and why it’s brutally flawed).

    Maybe XCOM 3.

  5. nottorp says:

    This is sad. I installed it and tried very much to like it but…
    I was already beaten by the turn timer on like the 3rd mission. Because I took a little time to look around. No, I didn’t spend entire turns with everyone on overwatch.

    All in all, this free weekend only confirms that I was right not to buy it at launch, and that there’s no point in buying it now either.