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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 7, 2016
    10
    This is the one and only game if you are a fan of turn based tactical combat. There is nothing compareable in complexity, challange, depth,This is the one and only game if you are a fan of turn based tactical combat. There is nothing compareable in complexity, challange, depth, quality, storyline, atmosphere, customization aso..
    Everything in this game is made with so much enthusiasm and love for detail. I was playing XCom, and all sequels of it. Loved XCom Enemy Unknown and hey XCom2 is OMG i will play this the next 10 Years!
    There was a game i always dreamed of and finaly Firaxis made it!

    Cons:
    1) Yes i think its released too early. It took me half a day to fix starting crashes and I'm pretty sure there will be more.
    2) Yes you need very good hardware. (Going to buy a new graphix card)

    Fazit: Little bit dissapointing they released it unpolished. I'm game developer myself and I know its always difficult to make a game really polished and perfect within the time and budget you have and you cannot always choose your release date. So I'm sure they will deliver a patch soon fixing all stuff that needs to be fixed.

    Love this game!
    BUT:
    - Its like XCom Enemy Unknown but improved in every single aspect.
    - Incredible graphics, camera animations,
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  3. Feb 19, 2016
    9
    X - com erased all the flaws of the first episode and made ​​the experience even better , fabulous graphics, no concessions were made ​​toX - com erased all the flaws of the first episode and made ​​the experience even better , fabulous graphics, no concessions were made ​​to make the experience even more intense.

    This is in my opinion the best game of the year, Pro -S on GDC are in PLS especially Nightkin and its glorious Mongolian friends.
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  4. Feb 5, 2016
    7
    + Nice strategic map gameplay improvements over previous version
    - unskippable cut scenes
    - bad performance, constant mini-hangs, long
    + Nice strategic map gameplay improvements over previous version
    - unskippable cut scenes
    - bad performance, constant mini-hangs, long loading times, need to wait all the time despite top of the line hardware.
    - high difficulty & learning curve, no useful tutorial help to introduce strategies for new aliens & new challenges. Missions constantly require you to rush... I like hard but combined with the two items above it gets frustrating to no end

    Overall very disappointing - am hoping it will be much better after a few patches.
    Yet another game where I wonder how the game site reviewers all rate it so high. No credibility & integrity at all.
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  5. Mar 6, 2016
    6
    More 6 marks!
    On a serious note, XCOM 2 is another remake of classical series. Yes, I see it not as a sequel to 2013 game, but as a remake to
    More 6 marks!
    On a serious note, XCOM 2 is another remake of classical series. Yes, I see it not as a sequel to 2013 game, but as a remake to classical series. Some additions is fun to try, this ADVENT idea, tough enemies, new plot, but overall I think this game is a step in a wrong direction. New stealth system is terrible, looks like the game is spinning around your first shot, after which your entire group being revealed. Next one, why you cant train your CURRENT soldiers in a psi lab? Previous systems were much better. The whole idea - you alone fighting entire world is ... I don't know - flawed? I liked when you have the power of whole Earth supporting you versus alien forces. Well, maybe mods in the future will make the game better, as it was with 2013 game, but no thanks, I'm not gonna buy it. Oh, somehow I want to play 1994 game again.
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  6. Feb 15, 2016
    4
    Just can't play it like I want to.80% of missions that force you to rush with ridiculous timers. I spend my time reloading saved games when itJust can't play it like I want to.80% of missions that force you to rush with ridiculous timers. I spend my time reloading saved games when it doesn't go my way. Which is a huge amount of reloads per mission. Timed missions are a great idea, if it occurred once every 7-10 missions, but not every mission with a few exceptions. 1 mistake makes you almost automatically fail the timer. How did this AAA title pass play test and Beta with these timers?

    Difficulty curve of enemies is ridiculous. They start out with overpowered abilities, such as mind control and run behind cover, pull and immobilize, run and melee stun/kill attacks. They all have very high HP.

    Concealment is practically useless and can maybe allow you to get a first free shot.

    This would otherwise be a 8/10 if the timers were removed and I could actually play without reloading all the time. I could live through the initial extremely hard starting missions and having some failed missions, but the timer drops this from 8 to 4 rating.

    Can't even manage to get the mod working or find the timer address in CheatEngine in order to disable it.
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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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