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Name: XCOM 2
Release date: February 5, 2016
Platforms: PC, XBOX ONE, PS4
Genre: Turn-based Strategy, Tactical

Description

XCOM 2 is a turn-based tactics game developed by Firaxis Games, and a sequel to XCOM: Enemy Unknown. The year is 2035, and the alien invasion that happened in the first game did not go very well. The aliens won, and humanity is now subjugated and its resistance reduced to few groups engaged in guerrilla warfare. As the player, you must take the role of the Commander, rally the existing forces and take Earth back, saving it from aliens mysterious Avatar Project.

The gameplay is very similar to XCOM: Enemy Unknown - players control individual soldiers in missions given to them, use their abilities, shoot enemies, and so on. They also have a task to complete - be it deletion of all enemies or rescuing captives. In the base, they can recruit new soldiers, develop new technologies, outfit your soldiers with new gear and armor, and launch missions where they often have to choose between several soldiers or countries to save.

Recommendation

XCOM 2 has been received with high praise, doubling down on its player-created narratives - you create your own squad of soldiers, shape their stories, and when they die, you feel sad - you've become invested in making them better and more skillful, and now they're gone. This investment in your squad along with tough, unforgiving missions make XCOM 2 very engaging to play. Also, it changes things up tactically - now, you're the hunter and they're the prey, which makes up for interesting ambush scenarios with your soldiers.

Metacritics Rating: 88 (PC)
Our visitor's rating: N/A
Average playtime: 30-60 h

Our recommendation

If you like turn-based tactics shooters or liked the first XCOM, in its category, there is none better.

Description

XCOM 2 is a turn-based tactics game developed by Firaxis Games, and a sequel to XCOM: Enemy Unknown. The year is 2035, and the alien invasion that happened in the first game did not go very well. The aliens won, and humanity is now subjugated and its resistance reduced to few groups engaged in guerrilla warfare. As the player, you must take the role of the Commander, rally the existing forces and take Earth back, saving it from aliens mysterious Avatar Project.

The gameplay is very similar to XCOM: Enemy Unknown - players control individual soldiers in missions given to them, use their abilities, shoot enemies, and so on. They also have a task to complete - be it deletion of all enemies or rescuing captives. In the base, they can recruit new soldiers, develop new technologies, outfit your soldiers with new gear and armor, and launch missions where they often have to choose between several soldiers or countries to save.

Recommendation

XCOM 2 has been received with high praise, doubling down on its player-created narratives - you create your own squad of soldiers, shape their stories, and when they die, you feel sad - you've become invested in making them better and more skillful, and now they're gone. This investment in your squad along with tough, unforgiving missions make XCOM 2 very engaging to play. Also, it changes things up tactically - now, you're the hunter and they're the prey, which makes up for interesting ambush scenarios with your soldiers.

XCOM 2 DLC LISTarrow

Note: We are only showing paid DLC at this time. Free DLCs will be added at a later date.

Major Expansions

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What does it add?

It is a big expansion pack for XCOM 2, adding new resistance factions, as well as new enemies, called the Chosen. Chosen are essentially bosses in their own right, and overcoming them takes quite the skill. Also adds various new soldier classes, types of enemies, types of environments, mission variety, and much more, like adds the ability to form bonds to the soldiers. It was very well received for the amount of content and variety it added to the main game.

Buy this if:

  • You played through XCOM 2's main campaign and want a new, fresh challenge
  • You want a big content expansion that changes a lot of things and adds depth to the game
  • You like the new enemies and Chosen

Key store price: 26.90 $
Traditional store price: 39.99 $
Metacritics Rating: 88
Release date: Aug 29, 2017
Trailer: YouTube

Mission Packs

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What does it add?

It adds a new mission themed around leading your squad against alien hunters. Also adds new armors to the game themed around aliens and their looks. Is somewhat unthematic with the main game.

Buy this if:

  • You like the alien suits for your soldiers

Traditional store price: 9.99 $
Release date: May 12, 2016

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What does it add?

It adds a new mission, where an engineer Lily Shen accompanies you to search a mysterious object in a laboratory. Also adds a new soldier class, resembling the mechanical soldier class from the first game. Was praised for the new class and a difficult mission.

Buy this if:

  • You want a new extension story in the main campaign
  • You want a mech class to your soldiers

Traditional store price: 9.99 $
Release date: Jun 30, 2016
Trailer: YouTube

Customization Packs

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What does it add?

It adds quite a lot of customization options, all themed around being rebellious. These are purely cosmetic and do not alter any stats whatsoever.

Buy this if:

  • You like the style of the skins you can buy

Traditional store price: 4.99 $
Release date: Mar 17, 2016

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What does it add?

It adds new armors, skins, and head-gear for your soldiers to use in your campaign. The skins have varied style, with something to choose for everybody.

Buy this if:

  • You like that one particular skin

Usual price: 4.99 $
Release date: Nov 22, 2016
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Platforms: Classic store price: Key store price:
Standard Edition PC, XONE, PS4 14.99 $ 13.21 $
Reinforcment Pack PC, XONE, PS4 19.99 $ 7.71 $
Deluxe Edition PC, XONE, PS4 74.99 $ 21.09 $
XCOM 2 Collection PC, XONE, PS4 99.99 $ N/A

Edition Chart

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