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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: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Sep 13, 2017
    100
    An exceptionally good expansion that adds in a mountain of new content that specifically addresses the few flaws there were with the original.
  2. Sep 6, 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.
  3. Sep 4, 2017
    90
    An old-school expansion pack, improving the game all-around in ways no simple DLC could have achieved. XCOM 2 was great to begin with, and the new content brings it straight to the Olympus of turn-based strategy games.
  4. Feb 5, 2019
    90
    While the game doesn’t run optimally (some framerate chugging and stutters are quite prevalent, especially in areas with a lot of special effects) the upgraded, enhanced formula that XCOM 2: War of the Chosen offers is absolutely superb. I was fully engaged in this rebellion against humanity’s extraterrestrial overlords, and I’d have no hesitation recommending it to anyone in search of a top-tier tactics experience. And for those, like me, who bounced off of the original XCOM 2? It’s absolutely worth coming back.
  5. 90
    War of the Chosen overhauls the already fabulous XCOM 2 and turns it into absolutely essential fare. The introduction of the Chosen, the soldier bonding system, and the photobooth mode, are perfect additions in that they amplify the base game’s best qualities. It’s just a shame the shine is dulled ever so slightly by a bunch of needless technical issues.
  6. Oct 4, 2017
    85
    Developers worldwide, pay attention: this is how you do DLC. As innovative as it is addictive, XCOM 2: War of the Chosen not only manages to meet expectations... It thoroughly exceeds them.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 21
  2. Negative: 10 out of 21
  1. Oct 10, 2017
    10
    I thought the vanilla XCOM 2 was awesome and I finished it. I bought this expansion and started playing it again and yeah it's better. I don'tI thought the vanilla XCOM 2 was awesome and I finished it. I bought this expansion and started playing it again and yeah it's better. I don't think I'm going to finish playing it again but this is a top-notch game before and it's even better after. Also I don't have any performance problems at all on the PS4 Pro. Expand
  2. Nov 9, 2017
    9
    This is how You make addon. This addon add so much to this game. Too bad to owners of classic game that performance fixes wont apply to YouThis is how You make addon. This addon add so much to this game. Too bad to owners of classic game that performance fixes wont apply to You but everyone else will be trully happy with what they got.

    And you get new enemies, new friends, better optimization and so much more.
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  3. Jul 7, 2018
    8
    Nice expansion of the base game. I like the extra variation in missions and tools. It's good to get some modifiers to start the game with tooNice expansion of the base game. I like the extra variation in missions and tools. It's good to get some modifiers to start the game with too (though number rather limited compared to Enemy Unknown)
    As for the titular chosen: they're an OK addition, but not great. 2 of the 3 just stand at the other end of the map spawning extra enemies on top of the regular mission, a bit lame.
    To defeat them finally, you have to go through a very bulletspongy endrun, that was not enjoyable either.
    Game also had a runtime which is a bit too long per run for my taste.

    to the devs: Fix the bug which deletes the ironman save when the game crashes!!! for the rest: great game.
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  4. Mar 18, 2019
    5
    XCOM 2 - War of the Chosen is one of the greatest strategic games ever made. It is a fun, challenging, tense game that presents the playerXCOM 2 - War of the Chosen is one of the greatest strategic games ever made. It is a fun, challenging, tense game that presents the player with a never ending stream of choices, different missions, objectives and surprises. XCOM - Enemy Unknown, the franchise reboot from the brilliant minds at Firaxis was already a fantastic offering which had set a new golden standard for isometric, tactical games. XCOM 2 (and especially the War of the Chosen expansion) improves the original in almost every way imaginable, and in a bunch of other ways players hadn't dreamt of. It is a marvelous game that no one that likes strategic games should miss.

    Then, you may be wondering, why am I giving this gem a 5?

    First of all, the soft problems:

    1) The original reboot of the franchise was way more accomplished in terms of mood and setting. The aliens of the original game were far more mysterious and menacing, and the tone of the game was darker and more appropriate to an alien invasion. The original 1994 game was also very scary ans tense at times, especially the night missions (and even more so terror sites at night time). Setting the mood convincingly and making the player feel goosebumps is certainly an art form (don't believe the elitists who claim videogames aren't art), but the Firaxis team has unfortunately chosen a different direction for the sequel, one that isn't to the game's benefit. A pity.

    2) The design of the Chosen aliens are dreadful, in my humble opinion. They look like the quasi-evil incarnations of World of Warcraft's Draenei aliens. Uninspired and very out of place in an alien invasion game.

    For these two problems I'll take away 1 point, bringing the game's score to a 9.

    The other 4 points are taken away due to very, very poor optimization and a very unstable port to the PS4. I have played this game both on the PC and the PS4, and my advice is: avoid playing this on the console at all costs. Play it on PC instead if you can. The game on PS4 has serious, serious performance problems and actually crashes frequently. It also features insane loading times and graphic/texture glitches.

    XCOM 2 - War of the Chosen is a superb game, that unfortunately received a very, very poor treatment when it was ported to the consoles. Let's hope Firaxis treats their games with more respect next time.
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  5. Jan 10, 2018
    4
    I played the first xcom on PlayStation now over the last week and loved it so much I went out and bought xcom 2. I don't know what happened toI played the first xcom on PlayStation now over the last week and loved it so much I went out and bought xcom 2. I don't know what happened to the game from then to this, but it's too difficult to be fun. I love chess and grew up on Warcraft 1-3. I'm no stranger to strategy and am pretty good at these types of games. But this game is just dumb luck, and the loading times break the game. People say the first is harder, but some of these enemies in this one are ridiculous. The lizard guy who grabs you through walls.... why? If you liked xcom but thought it was insanely easy and you should've had a timer going to make sure your strategies are rushed then this is the game for you.

    Pros: graphics decent
    Good atmosphere
    Creative design

    Cons: load times
    Difficulty on rookie is insane
    They give you a bunch of cool stuff to upgrade and then spend your whole time **** on any hopes you had of playing the game the way you want. It's kind of like real life. So there's no escapism to be found
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  6. Jan 6, 2018
    3
    Let's get positives out of the way first. Nice graphics, good atmosphere, believable characters and plot, some game mechanics and above allLet's get positives out of the way first. Nice graphics, good atmosphere, believable characters and plot, some game mechanics and above all else, customization.

    Apart from that, it's a cheesy, borderline cheating piece of **** that will exploit each and every single turn to beat you down to the ground and keep you there. First mission on veteran (after the tutorial one that explains the story): I hit the landing zone with a team of four rookies. I start sending them forward. One of them voluntarily runs through the flames, setting herself ablaze (a character I spent 15 minutes customizing, wonderful), then dying in flames 2 rounds later. Game then tells you to use a knife on one of the enemies so I proceed to using aforementioned skill on the highlighted enemy, kill him and my guy suddenly finds himself on an open field. The game spawns 3 additional enemies, right in front of him. The poor guy, without any cover, dies in one hit from one of the aliens. Third member of the team panics from seeing it, runs towards the enemy and gets shot down. I'm down to the last man, who takes cover at the beginning of the mission, too far away to do any meaningful damage to anyone and with 3 turns to defuse a bomb and kill 6 bad guys along with 2 reanimated enemies.

    All this in first mission.

    You really don't want to know how easily I failed the second mission for about 3 times in a row.
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  7. Sep 24, 2017
    0
    that was very awful game I don't understand why xcom2 has been produce very bad action and very bad when I played this game I laugh that wasthat was very awful game I don't understand why xcom2 has been produce very bad action and very bad when I played this game I laugh that was very awful Expand

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