Metascore
88

Generally favorable reviews - based on 39 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 39
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 39
  3. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Sep 29, 2017
    100
    An excellent add-on to an excellent turn-based strategy brings so many news it makes it almost a completely new game. [Issue#278]
  2. Sep 11, 2017
    100
    XCOM 2: War of the Chosen is a must own for veterans and new players alike. It doesn’t matter how many hours players have put into the original XCOM 2 campaign, starting over with War of the Chosen is completely worth the time.
  3. Sep 2, 2017
    100
    War of the Chosen has thoroughly sunk its hooks into us, and we anticipate many late nights for months to come as we master its new challenges.
  4. 100
    War of the Chosen is an incredibly compelling reason to return to XCOM 2. Adding both depth in strategy and new content for the game, anyone who enjoyed XCOM 2 will most certainly enjoy this excellent expansion.
  5. Sep 9, 2017
    95
    XCOM 2: War of the Chosen is the very definition of an expansion pack properly delivered. This new installment, seamlessly adds tons of new content on top of the base game, elevating and intensifying the core experience.
  6. Aug 29, 2017
    95
    After nearly 40 hours with XCOM 2: War of the Chosen, I’m ready to say it: This is the best XCOM ever made.
  7. Sep 11, 2017
    93
    The Chosen will continue to haunt you until the Hterites are defeated and until the Commander has been recaptured, becoming progressively more dangerous and lethal.
  8. Aug 24, 2017
    93
    War of the Chosen contains so much new content that it could almost have been called XCOM 3. Every mission dishes out a new enemy, mission type, or environment, which allows the game to remain fresh for several dozen hours. War of the Chosen’s wealth of interwoven systems might overwhelm newcomers, but strategy nerds willing to master the nuances will be treated to one of the most rewarding strategy games in years. I don’t know how Firaxis could make a more complex yet gratifying strategy game, but I can’t wait to see them try.
  9. Sep 11, 2017
    92
    A brilliant expansion that overhauls the base game in interesting ways and adds a substantial amount of high-quality content. A necessary purchase for every XCOM fan.
  10. 92
    Despite its being a little bit easier than the "regular" XCOM 2 and some AI issues, War of the Chosen is one of the best DLC out there: big, with a lot of stuffs and enjoyable from the beginning to the end. If you love the genre, you should not miss it for any reason.
  11. Sep 1, 2017
    91
    War of the Chosen is the perfect expansion that add a ton of new contents to a great game.
  12. CD-Action
    Nov 16, 2017
    90
    War of the Chosen introduces tons of new mechanics along with various improvements. It refreshes the original game so thoroughly that the campaign is truly worth replaying and the whole package deserves to be called XCOM 2.5. [11/2017, p.36]
  13. Oct 12, 2017
    90
    In an age of small DLCs to see a full old school expansion is a really refreshing sight. War of the Chosen enriches the original experience on a whole new level and it's a must for fans of the XCOM series.
  14. Oct 4, 2017
    90
    This is what it was supposed to be from the start. A year and a half worth of improvements later, little bites and pieces of new DLC content, finally layered underneath a fun and expansive experience in War of the Chosen, this feels like the XCOM 2 I wanted to have. And, having finally made peace with mission timers has forced me to play a bit more recklessly, which seems like a necessity when everything is on the line. Turn off the mods and experience XCOM 2 in the way that it should've been from the start. Firaxis has made XCOM 2 as fun as XCOM: Enemy Unknown and Enemy Within, while still bringing a different flair to the series.
  15. Oct 1, 2017
    90
    Though XCOM 2 at large remains mostly unchanged, the addition of new factions, enemies, dynamic missions, and the boss-like Chosen augments and broadens the experience to a whole new degree.
  16. Sep 25, 2017
    90
    XCOM 2: War of the Chosen doesn’t feel like DLC. It has tons of new and great content ranging from new soldiers and races, to the new research labs and missions and not to mention the great new enemies - The Chosen. If you feel like you’re done with everything XCOM 2 has to offer and Mario + Rabbids just can’t satisfy your need for tactical gameplay you should definitely pick this one up.
  17. Sep 20, 2017
    90
    With tons of difficulty options and a wonderful mod community, XCOM 2 War of the Chosen is the perfect game for just about any ambitious armchair general. You can tough it out in a super calculated ironman campaign on legendary or, should you choose, tone down the difficulty a bit and save scum as you learn the ebb and flow of war. XCOM 2 may have gotten off to a rough start back in 2016, but between Firaxis' dedication and this amazing expansion we now have one of the best strategy RPGs around.
  18. Sep 13, 2017
    90
    War of the Chosen is the demonstration of how to push a formula to the limit without compromising the original basis.
  19. Sep 12, 2017
    90
    Bigger, better and badass: this is XCOM 2: War of the Chosen, with tons of new content, foes and units.
  20. Sep 6, 2017
    90
    Ultimately, XCOM 2: War of the Chosen buries even the most tactically-sound gamer under a mountain of entertaining challenges and adds not only several hours of content to play through, but well-neigh infinite replayability as well – we can’t wait to restart the fight and see how a new batch of soldiers fares against the ADVENT government.
  21. Sep 3, 2017
    90
    Everything that Chosen brings--from the elite soldiers to the deeper connections between your squads--feels like a living part of the XCOM universe. If you like your deep strategy and brutal turn-based tactics alongside brilliant interplay between camp and emergent drama, there is none better.
  22. Aug 28, 2017
    90
    If you’re a fan of XCOM 2 already and are looking for an excuse to fire it up again, this is as good of a reason as any. I have no doubt that – once XCOM 3 is on its way – they will use a lot of the features that premiered with War of the Chosen. With good reason, too.
  23. Aug 24, 2017
    90
    XCOM 2: War of the Chosen is a full expansion in every sense of the word, one that adds not only what the game needed, but more than we could ever imagine. A very complete pack recommended for all players who want to give a new run to the original campaign, in a way that looks like a surprisingly new game.
  24. Aug 24, 2017
    89
    Builds on the already complex and clever strategy-tactics mix.
  25. Aug 24, 2017
    88
    War of the Chosen is a wide and deep expansion for XCOM 2 that improves variety in mission objectives, tactical options, threats, and strategic map activities.
  26. Oct 18, 2017
    85
    An enormous expansion that adds a lot of interesting new features, but also takes the turn based combat to its limit.
  27. Aug 28, 2017
    85
    War of the Chosen is a perfect DLC for an already great game. It gives you answers to many questions and brings many new mechanics, making the game even deeper.
  28. Aug 24, 2017
    85
    War of the Chosen is a nice way to return to the Avenger and fight those aliens. The new content is good and the whole game feels like new.
  29. Aug 24, 2017
    84
    I recommend starting immediately with WotC - provided that Firaxis patches a few error sources since the release.
  30. Games Master UK
    Oct 6, 2017
    80
    All the additions will be a breath of fresh air for any XCOM 2 veteran. [Nov 2017, p.78]
  31. 80
    War of the Chosen adds so favorably to the original XCOM 2 experience that fans should consider it near-perfect as well as essential. Although some features in XCOM 2: War of the Chosen, such as soldier bonds and propaganda, are inadequately manifested, most new features blend seamlessly with the base title and solve predictability and stagnation issues that once plagued early game. The titular Chosen adversaries enrich your gameplay with increased risk and challenge, even as resistance faction allies offer diversity in how you may combat them.
  32. Sep 13, 2017
    80
    If you are one of those people who played XCOM2 to absolute distraction, over and over and over again, by all means War of the Chosen is no doubt for you. For people like me, who enjoyed XCOM2, but wandered away from it once the plot was done, I’m not sure this is enough to bring you back to full throttle. There’s no question that I’m enjoying War of the Chosen, but the oh-my-God let me just play one more turn, complete one more mission, wait until this room or that research project is finished, is greatly diminished.
  33. Sep 3, 2017
    80
    XCOM 2: War of the Chosen is a splendid effort that transforms a fun game into an astonishingly deep and interesting tactical and strategical experience. It is THE way to play XCOM 2.
  34. Aug 31, 2017
    80
    A little more than 15 hours of gameplay, new environments, new enemies, new missions, new allies, improvements on many levels ... This is how to quickly describe this DLC called War of the Chosen. Despite its high price (39.99 euros) it's an excellent DLC that most fans have to play.
  35. Aug 29, 2017
    80
    The new classes and super villains are excellent, even if the expansion bloats the campaign a little.
  36. Aug 29, 2017
    80
    War of the Chosen is a massive expansion that adds lots of new things. Most of the focus on the most important thing in any turn-based tactical strategy game - gameplay mechanics. The game has lots of solutions introduced in previous expansions but the key was to make the game even more enjoyable. It worked - XCOM 2 with War of the Chosen is one of the best tactical strategies.
  37. Aug 25, 2017
    80
    War for the Chosen adds a huge amount of content and a number of new mechanics to an already brimming game. It's a generous package that ought to please and frustrate (in a good way!) XCOM devotees.
  38. Aug 24, 2017
    80
    In its new expansion, XCOM 2 makes people of its soldiers and turns its aliens into personalities. It cares about the individual. But that’s only so you feel the loss of your bonds more keenly, and hate the enemy more personally. In War of the Chosen, Firaxis are being kind to be cruel.
  39. Sep 18, 2017
    75
    Adding three new factions, heroes, enemies and a few fresh gameplay mechanics makes War of the Chosen feel like a new, even more difficult campaign. However, the story stays the same.
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  1. Sep 6, 2017
    War of the Chosen is the definitive way to play XCOM 2. Even if you weren't impressed with the original package, this feels like a whole new game.
  2. Aug 24, 2017
    War of the Chosen is a generous expansion that's bustling with brilliant new systems that's a must for anyone who's completed XCOM 2. [Recommended]
  3. This is XCOM writ so damn large, so wide and wild and all-consuming, that it gets the same intractable hooks into me that XCOM games always have while also taking me to new places, occupying even more parts of my obsessive brain. [RPS Recommended]
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 215 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 28 out of 215
  1. Sep 5, 2017
    4
    This is the biggest Con-Job I have been dumb enough to be fooled by. Lets be clear here, this DLC is $40usd, for that I could buy Watch DogsThis is the biggest Con-Job I have been dumb enough to be fooled by. Lets be clear here, this DLC is $40usd, for that I could buy Watch Dogs 2, Rocket League and FLT and still have some change. So for $40usd you get a "New Story to play though", NO! You don't, what you get are 3 new skins, 1 new room to build in the Avenger, 2 new alien types which are just re-hashed version of what is already in game, and a pinched idea form Shadows of Mordor. Which are 3 alien bosses that pop into random mission and talk to much. So to re-cap, no new, innovative content, no new story, no new tech to build, ohh hang on, it now has white zombies, cause that's innovative, zombies in a PC game, so all they could come up with was white zombies for $40usd

    Anyone that claims this is worth $40 is delude and anyone that claims this adds hours upon hours of new and exciting content is an idiot. If you feel the need to waste money on seeing a few new skins then go ahead but my advice is to WAIT till this rip off of an DLC is $5-$10. The free mods on steam workshop are better than this pile of crap. Oh, also it is still riddled with bugs.
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  2. Sep 8, 2017
    7
    Let me say first, know what you're buying. This expansion works more like a supercharged DLC than a true expansion. Don't get me wrong thereLet me say first, know what you're buying. This expansion works more like a supercharged DLC than a true expansion. Don't get me wrong there is a lot of new content, but none of it extends the original ending of the game and it becomes bloated at various points in the game (more on this later). So lets get to the meat of it. This expansion is all about three new bosses (chosen) and making you hate them.

    X-Com has never been much of a game with "bosses", so it feels a little out of place, too Hollywood for a game that once was a pretty gritty and realistic strategy game. These over the top, trash talking bosses could be great if used more subtly, but Firaxis shoves them down your throat. They pop up to tell you how weak and doomed you are at any given point. They die, reappear, only to come back stronger. They would be great for a cinematic game like Metal Gear, not in a strategy game. Now lets move onto the ridiculous power of these bosses. They get to move, attack, move in battle. Can summon Advent out of thin air. They automatically hit (defense is irrelevant, they'll hit you through with smoke grenades and Aid bots). So there is the problem, a once hardcore strategy game has thrown out strategy to create drama, wanting you to hate these bosses. In a game like XCom the mystique of a powerful alien should be mystery and subtlety, I think they did it all wrong. Some new developers are on the Firaxis team for sure.

    The other main draw if the exp is the three new friendly factions. Reapers, Skirmishers, and Templars. I kind of like what they did with this. Through these new factions you get covert actions which open up some decent strategic options and unique upgrades (I love pistol specialized snipers and getting a flat +1 damage to all of them made for some fun gaming, albeit a tad overpowered :).
    The actual classes of these factions are well done, and feel distinct enough from the original classes to have a place. My rating of 7 is mostly due to these factions.

    So I have mixed feelings on WOTC. There is a lot in this expansion pack but fitting it in the original core story seems overwhelming. A new player who didn't play X-Com 2 vanilla will be lost in all the new missions the expansion throws at you. The rate of main story mission to side mission is about 1 in 10 in the expansion, where the original is more 1 in 5.

    Hopefully Firaxis will tone the bosses down in XCom 3, while keeping these factions. Give us a longer main story with time to better fit in all these new missions and upgrades. Bring back some of the mystery into Xcom. Let us stumble on a big bad boss by turning a dark corner and seeing it for the first time. And always make sure its a strategy first game over theatrics.
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  3. op8
    Aug 30, 2017
    10
    The bar has been lifted.
    XCOM 2 was great, now with WotC it's an epic masterpiece.
    A no-brainer 9.5/10 (only because nothing can ever be
    The bar has been lifted.
    XCOM 2 was great, now with WotC it's an epic masterpiece.
    A no-brainer 9.5/10 (only because nothing can ever be truly 10/10).
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