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You can play XCOM 2 free until April 30 and you definitely should try it

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XCOM 2, likely one of my absolutely all-time favourite strategy games can be played for free until April 30.

Originally developed by Firaxis Games, it acts as a sequel to XCOM: Enemy Unknown although you can easily play XCOM 2 without playing the first. It was ported to Linux by Feral Interactive and it was a day-1 release for us which doesn't happen too often for bigger titles.

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Some features:

  • TACTICAL GUERRILLA COMBAT: New gameplay systems offer more tactical flexibility in combat. Use concealment to ambush enemy patrols. Loot enemies for precious gear and artifacts. Rescue VIPs and save fallen comrades by carrying them to the extraction point.
  • A NEW BREED OF ENEMY: A diverse cast of enemies from powerful new alien species to the ADVENT, enforcers of the alien regime, offer a distinct tactical challenge.
  • RESEARCH, DEVELOP AND UPGRADE: Configure and build rooms on the Avenger to give XCOM new capabilities on the battlefield. Use your Scientists and Engineers to research, develop and upgrade weapons and armor to fit your preferred tactics.
  • EACH MISSION IS A UNIQUE CHALLENGE: Go on missions around the world, from wildlands to the heart of the alien-controlled megacities, to the depths of alien installations. There are virtually infinite combinations of maps, missions and goals.

I've spent absolutely tons of hours in it, and with the War of the Chosen you can begin again with an even bigger and better experience. Seriously, that expansion is huge and well worth getting too but even by itself XCOM 2 stands tall as an awesome strategy experience even with rough edges aplenty.

Now get going, you have a world to save, Commander. Find XCOM 2 on Steam where it's also 75% off.

Why the sale and free time? Likely to get people to notice the newly released XCOM: Chimera Squad, which takes it in quite a different direction and sadly it's Windows-only. I spoke to Feral Interactive about that over email to see if they're porting it and they said clearly they had nothing to share on a port. Possibly due to it being a smaller game, which is pretty telling by it having a 50% discount before release lasting until May 1.

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HendrinMckay 24 Apr, 2020
Runs fine for me except for a few stutters here and there. Have a report on protondb but it is currently pending.

Proton 5.0-6

Distro: Manjaro Linux
Kernel: 5.6.6-1-MANJARO
RAM: 32 GB
GPU Driver: NVIDIA 440.82
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER
CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 3900X 12-Core

Have put about four hours in so far...didn't think I played that much. It's very different than XCOM 2 though, maps are alot smaller, more about breaching and clearing rooms. Just a heads up. I still enjoy it but it isn't XCOM 3 by any means.


Last edited by HendrinMckay on 24 April 2020 at 10:32 am UTC
The_Aquabat 24 Apr, 2020
I think that if you have experience in Xcom 1 it can be easily finished in 6 days. You'll have to rush in some missions, but it's doable.
Arehandoro 24 Apr, 2020
I was trying to download it yesterday but it would not allow me without paying it first. I'll give it a go later on.
Beamboom 24 Apr, 2020
Still one of the very best games running natively on Linux.
HendrinMckay 24 Apr, 2020
Well, if you knew what you were doing and where just pushing the story all the time you could probably do it in 40-50 hours, so technically if you have lots of time during the next six days(the free trial is from 24th to 30th) you could finish it during the trial. Honestly though, War of the Chosen makes it a much better game in my opinion and I don't think that is part of the trial.
Philadelphus 25 Apr, 2020
Just tried out Chimera Squad, no issues at all yet after about half an hour. I'm liking it so far.

But, uh, XCOM 2! A good game. War of the Chosen makes it a better game. And mods—like the over 350 I'm rocking in the playthrough I started just last week—make it an amazing game. :D
The_Aquabat 26 Apr, 2020
Quoting: PatolaBecause XCOM2 is a long game...
And Chimera Squad does not seem to be that short, either. Howlongtobeat says the main story takes 22h to finish, and these early reports are usually way shorter than the actual time.

how long to beat says 32 hours for xcom 2 main story, I think it's probably less if you have experience in xcom 1... but anyway that would mean 5 hours average in 6 days so it's doable.


Last edited by The_Aquabat on 26 April 2020 at 11:47 pm UTC
beko 27 Apr, 2020
I'm a simple man. I see XCOM I like it :)
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