XCOM 2, one of the best PC games ever made, is free now

An XCOM soldier firing a very large machine gun.

Screenshot: Firaxis / 2K Games

XCOM 2 it is very good. Some even called it one of the best PC games ever made. Even if you disagree with it, it’s still an amazing strategy game pitting aliens against humans in a massive global conflict. Now, via the latest Epic Games Store gift you can get XCOM 2 for the low price of nothing.

You have until April 21 to nab this excellent PC game for nothingbut i wouldn’t wait also long. A week seems like a long time, but suddenly it’s April 22 and you missed the gift. As with all previous free Epic Store games, once you enter XCOM 2 it’s yours to keep forever. (Or at least until the heat of the universe dies or Epic’s servers die, whichever comes first.)

Developed by Firaxis and released in 2016, XCOM 2 is a turn-based tactical strategy game and the sequel to the (also very good) XCOM: Unknown Enemy. In the sequel, you don’t fight an invasion but rather struggle to survive an occupation, as in XCOM 2, the aliens have already won. And now, decades later, you and the remnants of the human resistance are trying to fight your way through and, perhaps, free Earth from the aliens. It won’t be easy. You will lose good soldiers. You will make mistakes. And you’ll scream in pain when you miss “easy” shots that the damn game claimed to have a 95% chance of hitting. But you’ll love every minute of it anyway.

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While XCOM 2 is splendid, its expansion, War of the Chosen, maybe even better. It adds new wrinkles, like character linking, to the already excellent XCOM 2 live. The end result is an expansion so good that the old Kotaku writer Nathan Grayson suggested people skip the vanilla experiment and play extension first.

Unfortunately, the expansion is not included in the Epic Games Store promo. But it is currently for sale until the 28th of this month for $10.

If you’re tired of XCOM, but still want to play this kind of turn-based strategy game, you should check out our list of some of the best XCOM-like games to play in 2022. And if you don’t care XCOM or turn-based games, first of all, why are you here and reading this blog? But secondly, Epic also offers Insurmountable, a really neat rogue-like mountaineering game. It’s also free until April 21.

Christy J. Olson