Guns of Icarus Alliance and Galactic Civilizations 2 are free on Steam right now, and you get to keep them

If you're looking to plug a few hours this weekend but don't fancy splashing out on something new, then you're in luck, with two games going for free on Steam right now that you can download and keep forever. 

The first is Guns of Icarus Alliance (opens in new tab), the expanded version of steampunk airship combat game Guns of Icarus Online. The original was purely PvP, but Alliance adds PvE elements, six factions to choose from, and an ever-changing world "that is constantly being shaped and reshaped by the players". 

Basically, you and some friends get control of a giant airship, and each of you will have to stick to your role—pilot, gunner or engineer—if you want to survive. It's well-regarded, and I've been wanting to play for a while. Now is the perfect time. The game is free over Memorial Day weekend "in honor of everyone who served and sacrificed" and the giveaway, which ends on Tuesday afternoon, is accompanied by an update (opens in new tab) that adds a new PvP ship and a PvE map. Grab it here (opens in new tab).

Your second free game is Galactic Civilizations 2 (opens in new tab): Ultimate Edition, which is the regular version of the 4X space strategy game plus the Dark Avatar and Twilight of the Arnor expansions. Again, it's another solid game, and it's aged well since its release in 2011, largely thanks to a huge patch it got at the end of 2015 (opens in new tab). If you've enjoyed other GalCiv games, then at least grab it and stick it in your library to play later.

It's not clear when the GalCiv 2 giveaway ends: Steam says it's free "until Saturday 5/27 at 10 Pacific"—but of course, today (Saturday) is the 26th rather than the 27th. And whether it's 10am or 10pm is anyone's guess. Basically, if you want it, pick it up now (opens in new tab).

Thanks, Gamespot (opens in new tab).

Samuel Horti

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.