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  • Summary: XCOM 2: War of the Chosen adds extensive new content in the fight against ADVENT when additional resistance factions form in order to eliminate the alien threat on Earth. In response, a new enemy, known as the “Chosen,” emerges with one goal: recapture the Commander. This expansion includesXCOM 2: War of the Chosen adds extensive new content in the fight against ADVENT when additional resistance factions form in order to eliminate the alien threat on Earth. In response, a new enemy, known as the “Chosen,” emerges with one goal: recapture the Commander. This expansion includes new Hero classes to counter the “Chosen”, new enemies, missions, environments and increased depth in strategic gameplay. Expand

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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 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Aug 24, 2017
    89
    Builds on the already complex and clever strategy-tactics mix.
  6. 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.
  7. 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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 52
  2. Negative: 9 out of 52
  1. 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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  2. Aug 10, 2020
    10
    Juego perfecto en su genero, muy personalizable, con muchisimos mod, historia profunda, varios modos de juego, muy divertido.
  3. Aug 31, 2017
    10
    Wow...takes XCOM2 to an even higher level then it already was. This 'upgrade' will keep me playing this game for a looooooonnnnngggg time.Wow...takes XCOM2 to an even higher level then it already was. This 'upgrade' will keep me playing this game for a looooooonnnnngggg time. Fabulous job, folks...thank you...seriously. Expand
  4. Oct 26, 2017
    8
    Jagged Alliance 2 is still better. It is surprising, that this game still have some technical issues like: freezes, weapons' electro danceJagged Alliance 2 is still better. It is surprising, that this game still have some technical issues like: freezes, weapons' electro dance after enemies death (due to bad collision system). It should also have better system to speed up or skip shooting animations etc. as it gets dull and time consuming after hours of gameplay. Overall, still lots of improvements to make, devs has to focus more on the story, story missions and unique maps design. Players like procedural generation, but it is still not enough (the container with a car that crashed on one of its wall in every abandoned city map...). Expand
  5. Jan 2, 2018
    8
    Basically XCOM 3, which is a great thing. I've really been enjoying the new mechanics, maps, and chosen. Just like Civilization xpacs, thisBasically XCOM 3, which is a great thing. I've really been enjoying the new mechanics, maps, and chosen. Just like Civilization xpacs, this really updates the entire game and genuinely is almost XCOM 3. It still has some minor performance issues (even on my 1080ti), and the hit percentages thing is even worse now because of the random pop-ins of super-powerful aliens that are nearly impossible to beat. Expand
  6. Jun 21, 2021
    8
    This is one of the very few games I come back to again and again. For me it has more replayability than any other game I've ever playedThis is one of the very few games I come back to again and again. For me it has more replayability than any other game I've ever played (except maybe the Dark Souls games, but it's not even close). This comes down to a few main reasons.

    Firstly, the tactical squad gameplay hits some kind of sweet spot for me. I love turn-based games because they give me time to think about my decisions, which allows depth without getting hectic. At the same time it's not too complex for me. In comparison to the original X-COMs, I prefer the two-phased action system to the original action point system, and also the streamlined inventory.

    Secondly, each campaign offers enough unpredictability for me to draw me back in. With the optional ironman mode, which prevents save-scumming, I can find a difficulty setting that gets me into that precious flow where I feel competent, but things can still go awry or even end in catastrophic failure. The procedurally generated maps are varied enough that you won't feel deja-vu, without making the locations a jumbled mess of random tiles.

    While the overarching campaign progression is the same every time, you get randomized events and research opportunities, and a plethora of new mechanics and soldier classes introduced by the various DLCs. All in all, it mixes everything up nicely and nudges you to do things differently than last time.

    That said.. without exaggeration, you can get a whole new game when you install the Long War 2 mod (https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=844674609), which changes almost everything. Not for the faint of heart, but highly recommended!

    Thirdly, every XCOM operative you lead into battle can be customized by classes which have different stats, and with combat experience upgrade within at least two skill branches. Also, every soldier is a named individual with their own looks and backstory. They can be randomly generated, or you can create your pool of soldiers yourself, or import whole sets of popular characters from movies, games, and cartoon franchises.

    If I want to be critical, I would have liked a bit more freedom in the strategic geoscape layer. But if I have to choose between the complete freedom of the original X-Com and the slightly rail-roaded system of XCOM 2, I take the latter. While I don't like having to arbitrarily choose between three missions, I hated floundering about in the old games deciding if and when and where to build another base that I then could not staff and equip sufficiently. But that's just me not liking too much complexity, I guess.

    So, if you have even a passing interest in tactical turn-based games, I think you will like XCOM 2 very much.
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  7. Feb 12, 2019
    0
    When you install both XCOM 2 and War of the Chosen, WotC is deactivated by default. I'd really like to know who's genious idea that was. IWhen you install both XCOM 2 and War of the Chosen, WotC is deactivated by default. I'd really like to know who's genious idea that was. I noticed it like 10 hours into the game. **** you for wasting players' time like that. Expand

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