Play XCOM 2 for free on Xbox One this weekend with Xbox Live Gold

Earth has changed and is now under alien rule (Yes, this means that you basically failed in the first game.) Facing impossible odds, you must rebuild the XCOM division and ignite a global resistance to reclaim the planet and save humanity. However, this time around the aliens are more challenging and dangerous than ever.

Sound interesting? If want to try out the game, you're in luck – starting this weekend, all Xbox Live Gold subscribers can play XCOM 2 free as part of Xbox Live Gold's Free Play Days. As detailed in a post to Xbox Wire (opens in new tab), the trial begins at 12:00 PM ET on Thursday, October 26, 2017 and ends at 2:59 PM ET on Sunday, October 29.

For those unfamiliar with the franchise, XCOM 2 is a turn-based strategy game, where you fight foes by moving your squad and shooting when the time is right. The mechanics are mostly based on strategic positioning and probability, so you have to place your fighters in optimum positions for the clearest shots. Throughout the game, you'll also have to upgrade your characters and base, alongside researching new technologies.

XCOM 2 is one of the deepest turn-based games on the market and making sure that your favorite fighters survive will become a top priority.

To try out the title this weekend, simply follow the link below, or search for XCOM 2 via the Microsoft Store on your Xbox One console.

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3 Comments
  • Considering how hard the first game was, it makes perfect sense that the sequel treats it as though we failed, because I know I sure as Hell did.
  • lol...difficulty did ramp up quite quickly....
  • I hear you. I thought I was doing well with upgrades, then BAM! Now its been so long, I may even have to start over to know what I am doing.