XCOM 2 is free on the Epic Games Store, but the offer ends next week

XCOM 2, widely regarded as one of the best strategy games on PC, is free if you download it from the Epic Games Store before the deal ends next week.

If for some reason you’re still here and not downloading XCOM 2 for free from the Epic Games Store, let me explain why you should do just that and then cancel your weekend plans to save the world from the aliens. XCOM 2 is a turn-based strategy game where you fight aliens by outsmarting them around different maps. The story takes place after the aliens have won the battle against the humans in the (also excellent) first game and you are tasked with starting from scratch and kicking the bad guys off your planet.

The original XCOM is an undisputed classic, but XCOM 2 has improved visuals, more diverse gameplay through revamped classes and a wider range of enemies, and its procedurally generated maps make it highly replayable. Oh, and mod support adds even more to do once you’ve played and replayed in the game proper. We were among the many publications to give XCOM 2 a perfect or near perfect score when it launched in 2016.

XCOM 2 sells for $60, and while it’s not hard to find it on sale if you’re happy to wait, it’s rarely completely free, so I highly recommend snagging it before the deal ends. Thursday, April 21.

Once you’ve played and inevitably fallen in love with XCOM, here are some great games like XCOM to try next.

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