Give XCOM: Enemy Unknown a Whirl with a Steam Demo

XCOM: Enemy Unknown is now available for you to try out before the game’s launch next month.

Fire up Steam and hit the XCOM: Enemy Unknown page to download the free demo, or just follow this link. It’ll cost you around 5 gigabytes of hard disk space, so make sure you’re prepared for that.

If you like XCOM after you’ve given it a go, you might want to throw down your pre-order now. The game is part of Steam’s new tiered pre-order reward program, which means the more people who pre-order the game, the more free stuff is unlocked. The first two tiers, which include Team Fortress 2 hats and exta unlocks in XCOM, have already been unlocked; if more people buy the game ahead of launch, all the pre-order customers will get Civilization V as part of the deal as well.

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6 Comments on Give XCOM: Enemy Unknown a Whirl with a Steam Demo


On September 24, 2012 at 2:28 pm

A demo for a game BEFORE it comes out?! WHAT MADNESS IS THIS?! Nah, really looking forward to the game though going to go get the demo immediately.

Daniel O'Dette

On September 24, 2012 at 3:01 pm

I’m getting some kind of subscription error every time I try to download it. I’m a Steam member, and have several games on Steam. Why is it doing this to me?


On September 24, 2012 at 3:55 pm

@Daniel O’Dette: I had the same problem, until I restarted the Steam client. Have you tried that?

Phil Hornshaw

On September 24, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Yeah, you guys might need to update/restart Steam. Usually when I have a problem, that’s what’s causing it.


On September 24, 2012 at 7:26 pm

I tried it out, and it left me chomping at the bit for the full game. That said I was mildly disappointed that in the first mission where I had full control (it puts you through a heavily scripted tutorial mission first) not a single member of my squad died hideously! Oh sure they were wounded, nut at least two out of my four soldiers should have died horrible, plasma-y death.

Hopefully the full game will fullfill all my alien related masochistic needs.


On September 25, 2012 at 12:54 pm

The only issue I had with the demo is that it was soooooo short. Can’t wait for the full game! Hope I don’t sound like a payed advertisement bot.)) Actually there was a second issue I had with it – in the first mission why does it have to be the Russian guy, who dies first, eh?)))