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Civilization: Beyond Earth is free to play this weekend

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Hey, remember Civilization: Beyond Earth?

Wow, those are some loud crickets. I think a hefty discount on both the base game and its Rising Tide expansion would convince me to give it a go, but it hasn't yet plummeted to 'Ah crap, now I HAVE to buy it' levels, at least for me. If I had time this weekend, perhaps I would take advantage of its free weekend offer; Firaxis' game is free to play until Monday, July 18 at 10 a.m. Pacific.

Interestingly, it's not a free weekend hosted by Steam, but rather Humble, and you'll need a free GameSessions account in order to take advantage of the offer. You can grab the temporarily free sci-fi 4X here (opens in new tab), and if you're won over, the game and its expansion are both on sale over the same period: the main game has had a 70% price cut, while the expansion is currently 40% off.

Have a read of our reviews of the base game and the Rising Tide expansion at these links.

Tom loves exploring in games, whether it’s going the wrong way in a platformer or burgling an apartment in Deus Ex. His favourite game worlds—Stalker, Dark Souls, Thief—have an atmosphere you could wallop with a blackjack. He enjoys horror, adventure, puzzle games and RPGs, and played the Japanese version of Final Fantasy VIII with a translated script he printed off from the internet. Tom has been writing about free games for PC Gamer since 2012. If he were packing for a desert island, he’d take his giant Columbo boxset and a laptop stuffed with PuzzleScript games.