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  • Summary: Earth has changed. Twenty years have passed since world leaders offered an unconditional surrender to alien forces. XCOM, the planet’s last line of defense, was left decimated and scattered. Now, in XCOM 2, the aliens rule Earth, building shining cities that promise a brilliant future forEarth has changed. Twenty years have passed since world leaders offered an unconditional surrender to alien forces. XCOM, the planet’s last line of defense, was left decimated and scattered. Now, in XCOM 2, the aliens rule Earth, building shining cities that promise a brilliant future for humanity on the surface, while concealing a sinister agenda and eliminating all who dissent from their new order. Only those who live at the edges of the world have a margin of freedom. Here, a force gathers once again to stand up for humanity. Always on the run, and facing impossible odds, the remnant XCOM forces must find a way to ignite a global resistance, and eliminate the alien threat once and for all. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Sep 29, 2016
    100
    A superb sequel that improves on every aspect of the already excellent originals, and offers one of the most absorbing and unpredictable strategy experiences ever seen.
  2. Oct 9, 2016
    90
    It’s a well-founded mix of strategic turn-based battles, resource management, and customization that makes each gameplay unique to its very own player. While XCOM 2 does have some issues with its framerate and loading times, its gameplay overshadows its imperfections and becomes a very small disturbance in a largely enjoyable game.
  3. Oct 1, 2016
    90
    XCOM 2 launches on PS4 with the same strength and virtues as its PC counterpart did less than a year ago. It's an evolution of XCOM: Enemy Unknown, but with a harmony in each of every new mechanic that further enhances the positive aspects of the first game. A must for every strategy, turn based combat fan out there.
  4. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Nov 27, 2016
    90
    While it’s a shade short of perfect, there is no comparison: you will find no finer strategy game on PS4. [Christmas 2016, p64]
  5. Oct 17, 2016
    88
    Technicalities aside, XCOM 2 is an amazing game, a great strategy game, and we strongly recommend you to try it out.
  6. 85
    Great strategy games are few and far between, and XCOM 2 is an absolute treat for anyone craving a challenge on every level. Marred only be a few technical presentation hiccups and slow loading times, XCOM 2 is a deep mental and emotional experience that tests each player’s resolve to triumph against overwhelming odds and failure.
  7. Oct 3, 2016
    60
    XCOM 2’s console version is a buggy mess cobbled together from a far better game, and the worst possible way to experience the game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 61 out of 116
  2. Negative: 36 out of 116
  1. Sep 27, 2016
    10
    If you liked XCOM: Enemy Unknown/Within, you'll like this game. You might have to get used to the new classes (the biggest change, in myIf you liked XCOM: Enemy Unknown/Within, you'll like this game. You might have to get used to the new classes (the biggest change, in my opinion), but there are enough improvements in this game to win you over (one of the biggest is undoubtedly the improved character customization options: You'll get so attached to your crew you'll want to restart every time one of them gets hurt.) There might be some bugs, and you might gripe about some other little things, but the core game is there. This is an excellent strategy game, simple as that. Expand
  2. Oct 31, 2019
    10
    This game is superb. I am really surprised the user score is so low; I can only imagine people didn't like how hard the game is so theyThis game is superb. I am really surprised the user score is so low; I can only imagine people didn't like how hard the game is so they decided to cry a fit over it, but I don't know that for sure. XCOM2 is a lot of fun, challenging and it has a replay value through the roof. I highly recommend this game if you like turn based tactical RPGS. Expand
  3. Oct 4, 2020
    9
    Turn based tactics, character development, research and base building, ideally combined
  4. Jan 31, 2017
    8
    Having never played an Xcom game, I wasn’t sure what to expect other than a turn-based action game and I tend to enjoy those. The plot isHaving never played an Xcom game, I wasn’t sure what to expect other than a turn-based action game and I tend to enjoy those. The plot is simple and quickly gets out of the way so that gameplay can take center-stage. Combat proved to be engaging and challenging. Sometimes a scenario would put me in a bad situation, but that felt less like being screwed over and more akin to how real war might throw you a curveball. Some might disagree with me, but I enjoyed that Xcom 2 had a shallow level of customization spread across various frontiers. I never got bogged down trying to choose between a dozen different skills for my soldiers, research paths, weapon upgrades, or facility-builds like some resource management games focus on.

    Everything took a backseat to the combat missions which was my most enjoyable experience with Xcom 2. My one complaint in this area would be that the animations were often basic, repetitive, and did not sync with actions. Often I would find myself unloading a dozen rounds from a machine gun into an Alien’s face, only for the alien to pause for a second then spastically ragdoll around the floor and start clipping into walls. This replaced some of my immersion with chuckles but overall did not ruin the game for me by any means. Xcom 2 is far from perfect but was still an extremely enjoyable game, and I look forward to future installments. I can see myself replaying this game, recommending it to friends, and I may even go back and play Xcom: Enemy Unknown at some point. A solid 8 out of 10.
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  5. Oct 6, 2016
    6
    Great game. Must own for fans of the first two on last gen of consoles. The graphics are crisp, clean and stylish. The game play is improvedGreat game. Must own for fans of the first two on last gen of consoles. The graphics are crisp, clean and stylish. The game play is improved with lot of new features and new classes. Expand
  6. Jul 15, 2017
    4
    Really fun game to play but way too difficult and relentless even on the rookie setting. I spent a ton of hours just trying to get by certainReally fun game to play but way too difficult and relentless even on the rookie setting. I spent a ton of hours just trying to get by certain levels just to have my character one shotted by a boss or to have them crippled for a whole month. The gameplay is great, the story is interesting, character creation is fun, I enjoyed the time between missions, but the only thing I couldn't stand was how difficult it was to win a battle. NOT TO MENTION THE HIT RATES THAT DIDN'T MAKE ANY SENSE! It was the vipers and their tongues that could go through walls and over buildings that ruined the game for me. Expand
  7. Jun 16, 2018
    0
    probablly one of the most irritating game ever made... everything is bad in this crappy piece of garbage... All of the worst ideas are in thisprobablly one of the most irritating game ever made... everything is bad in this crappy piece of garbage... All of the worst ideas are in this thing... The timer on every phases, congratulations... it is the dumbest idead ever... Expand

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