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  • Summary: 20 years have passed since world leaders unconditionally surrendered to alien forces and XCOM, the world's last line of defense, was left destroyed and scattered. Now the aliens hold dominion over the Earth, building shining cities that promise a brilliant future for humanity on the surface,20 years have passed since world leaders unconditionally surrendered to alien forces and XCOM, the world's last line of defense, was left destroyed and scattered. Now the aliens hold dominion over the Earth, building shining cities that promise a brilliant future for humanity on the surface, while hiding a sinister intent below and eliminating all who don't fall in like with their new order. Online those who live a the edges of the world have a modicum of freedom. Here, a force gathers once again to stand up for humanity. Consistently on the run, the remnant XCOM forces need to find a way to regroup, expose the nefarious truth behind the occupation, and eliminate the alien threat for good. Expand
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  1. Positive: 97 out of 104
  2. Negative: 1 out of 104
  1. Apr 2, 2016
    100
    It's a testament to the quality of XCOM 2 that despite performance hiccups on a mid-range PC I have been unable to put it down. It's at once radically different and reassuringly familiar, improving what needed to be improved and refining what needed to be refined without losing the core appeal of the series. XCOM has once again proven itself to be the strategy king.
  2. Games Master UK
    Mar 19, 2016
    95
    An instant classic that refines, evolves, and redefines the ideas that came before. Strategy perfection. [March 2016, p.64]
  3. Feb 2, 2016
    92
    Everything is bigger and better, XCOM 2 exceeds expectations and spawns new hope in future sequels.
  4. Feb 1, 2016
    90
    XCOM 2 improves on its predecessor in almost every way, and proudly stands as one of the most deeply satisfying action-strategy games currently available.
  5. Feb 1, 2016
    90
    With an unnerving sense of persistent tension and procedurally-generated maps that extend the value of every map, XCOM 2 survives the hype train with just a graze.
  6. Feb 3, 2016
    85
    XCOM 2 is a worthy heir to the franchise with a few improvements to renew the gameplay, and a refreshing script which makes us join the resistance against alien invaders. A worthy investment indeed.
  7. Feb 18, 2016
    45
    To be perfectly blunt, XCOM 2 is a pretty bad experience right now, and the best advice I can give is simple: wait for upcoming patches to fix things before buying. There's a much better game hidden somewhere beneath the performance issues and gameplay flaws, and it's a shame.

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  1. Feb 5, 2016
    10
    Quite simply the game is brilliant. It looks gorgeous, it plays very well, and it is one hell of a challenge. If you liked X COM theQuite simply the game is brilliant. It looks gorgeous, it plays very well, and it is one hell of a challenge. If you liked X COM the original, then you simply have to buy this. They have improved practically everything about the original. This feels more much more dynamic. Gone are the days of satellite spamming your way to victory. This game provides meaningful choices throughout so that you really dont know which way you want to go. And i think that many different paths to victory will be possible. I think this is probably the best looking turn based game we have ever seen. Kudos to Firaxis on a job well done. A sure contender for game of the year. The only thing that slightly spoils it are a few buggy camera angles and some dodgy hang times, but you can forgive it that as they dont spoil the fun. And it is in infinitely better shape than most games when released. But the real gem of this is the mods. Oh my goodness what a year we have in store. Expand
  2. Feb 6, 2016
    10
    One of the best games I have played! a robust strategy game that somehow delivers on visuals and gameplay in a way that makes every momentOne of the best games I have played! a robust strategy game that somehow delivers on visuals and gameplay in a way that makes every moment both tense and satisfying! Expand
  3. Feb 6, 2016
    9
    A solid third person strategy game. Gameplay wise a much more polished version of Xcom Enemy Unknown & Enemy Within. It forces me to thinkA solid third person strategy game. Gameplay wise a much more polished version of Xcom Enemy Unknown & Enemy Within. It forces me to think about every action and decision I make on every layer. it gives me the run for my money I expect from every game. The challenge is high and sometimes gameplay is punishing, but it's clear that you are expected to overcome these throwbacks and grow because of them.
    The new changes give a new feeling of fairness in the difficulty. Graphics wise it runs smoothly, at least on my pc. Every now and then I have to wait 30 seconds on a loading screen or the camera doesn't properly focus during an action "cut scene" But that's far from game breaking.. Be warned though: This game is for people who enjoy a tactical and strategical challenge. The difficulty curb scales fairly hard and you have to be on the top of your game on every layer in this game to keep your forces on-par with the aliens. If you want a nice game to come home to and just play without thinking, I'd recommend you move along.
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  4. Feb 26, 2016
    8
    Gameplay is 10 of 10. Lower score because it is GLITCHY.

    People who complain about the timers should lower the difficulty. Sometimes you
    Gameplay is 10 of 10. Lower score because it is GLITCHY.

    People who complain about the timers should lower the difficulty. Sometimes you get a bunch of missions in a row that have them and sometimes you don't. The timers make the game much more interesting forcing you to make risky decisions.

    BUGGY BUGGY BUGGY. Don't play ironman until this game gets figured out from the back end.
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  5. Mar 8, 2016
    6
    Все ненавидят миссии на время, но нет! Они напихали их с головой, что заставляет задуматься ох адекватности разработчиковВсе ненавидят миссии на время, но нет! Они напихали их с головой, что заставляет задуматься ох адекватности разработчиков
  6. Feb 11, 2016
    4
    I made an account literally just to write this review. This game is crap, overall. I gave it a 4, because for a game that costs $80I made an account literally just to write this review. This game is crap, overall. I gave it a 4, because for a game that costs $80 Canadian, I have really high expectations.

    This game is challenging, too challenging. But it's not challenging because it takes skill, it's just challenging because it's REALLY poorly designed, and your success relies almost completely on RNG. I had to stop playing out of frustration, or I was going to break my keyboard.

    The graphics are beautiful, but the combat dynamics are awful. Lazy, incompetent, unintelligent game designers made this game unplayable past the first 10 hours.
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  7. ABR
    Sep 7, 2018
    0
    Devs tried to make a hard game instead of an interesting one. Well, may be they made it. It was sequel for sequel with trivial story aboutDevs tried to make a hard game instead of an interesting one. Well, may be they made it. It was sequel for sequel with trivial story about OMG resistance and push the rotten system down.

    Base gameplay is a full chaos you just don't know what for there and why. Docto, engineer and Central everytime talk just for talking. They really should name this game XCOM2: The Alien Talk Show. It seems devs played W3 too much. Some rooms with single engineers. Thinga sre too much overcomplicated. Somebody might like it, I do not.

    Battle gameplay is still a talk show. And some how this hitting the perfomance graphics look ugly. XCOM EU has a style, dark and grim, it has wonderful ost. While XCOM2 has standartized soundtrack for some overpatriotic movies without any "space" in sound.

    Balance. Mindcontrolling your soldiers from the first missions. Your soldiers heal up for a month. Your soldiers have OMG stress. Viper king move after any act of ONE of your soldiers.

    This game is a trash. May be these days games are just something different. That's my opinion.
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