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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: 16 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Oct 3, 2016
    95
    While it mightn’t look as crisp and clear as the PC version, console controls are easy to use — after all, we’ve already experienced the franchise on Xbox and PlayStation before. The only thing that really lets consoles down is ridiculously large loading times, which you’ll really feel if you’re relying on deft saves to get out of a tight spot. After playing on Xbox One, I continue to question why Firaxis and 2K didn’t just release XCOM 2 to all platforms at the same time.
  2. Oct 8, 2016
    90
    A must have game for any strategy lover: XCOM 2 builds on his predecessor strengths with a new compelling setting, solid gameplay and an high challenge level capable of delivering great rewards. If you love turn-based strategy, you can't miss it.
  3. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    Nov 1, 2016
    90
    A masterpiece - one of best games on Xbox. [Dec 2016, p.74]
  4. Oct 18, 2016
    89
    XCOM 2 manages to improve a formula that had almost nothing wrong with it to begin with, adding a sense of urgency to the already unpredictable nature of its turn-based combat. It’s a rewarding experience, if not sometimes cruelly unfair.
  5. Oct 6, 2016
    85
    Visually, XCOM 2 looks good, better than the last game, but it still doesn’t look amazing.
  6. Oct 4, 2016
    85
    One of last generation’s best sci-fi games returns to consoles and continues apace, changing very little but adding a lot to the mix.
  7. Oct 12, 2016
    70
    It’s still an addictive play on the Xbox One with overall good gameplay that is well presented and for it’s price, it’s excellent value.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 22
  2. Negative: 3 out of 22
  1. Apr 27, 2021
    10
    The best turn based UFO Defence game that I've played.

    XCOM was Great. XCOM has further built up on it's strengths and created an even
    The best turn based UFO Defence game that I've played.

    XCOM was Great. XCOM has further built up on it's strengths and created an even better product with Updated Graphics and Campaign. Every single DLC had a profound impact on gameplay and refined it even further.

    Grab the complete XCOM2 bungle for best experience.
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  2. Dec 29, 2016
    10
    Everything that was great about Enemy Unknown/ Within finely tuned and turned up to 11. The graphics are improved, the gameplay has been fineEverything that was great about Enemy Unknown/ Within finely tuned and turned up to 11. The graphics are improved, the gameplay has been fine tuned, the customisation has been expanded upon and the story is more nuanced and in depth than previous installments.

    I have went through bouts of pure elation at pulling off the seemingly impossible only to have those moments followed in short order by moments of blinding frustration that has made me want to march to Firaxis' head offices and flay the head of development in the parking lot as a warning to the rest of the staff.

    In short it's one of the best games I've ever played.
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  3. May 5, 2017
    10
    Strategy game excellence. Takes the required skills from the first game and expands upon them exponentially. Adding layers of depth and a hugeStrategy game excellence. Takes the required skills from the first game and expands upon them exponentially. Adding layers of depth and a huge customization suite into the mix. Enemy design is spot on and the game ramps the difficulty at all the right times. Expand
  4. Dec 26, 2016
    8
    I would love to say this not perfect yet great sequel to the beloved series XCOM was a real fun experience as this game brought back theI would love to say this not perfect yet great sequel to the beloved series XCOM was a real fun experience as this game brought back the unforgiving difficulty that was not so much seen in the first installment. The addition of mods also adds a ton of replay value if it wasnt enough for you. This game is a solid 8 or 9/10 Expand
  5. Apr 14, 2020
    8
    I’ve been a big fan of XCOM since the original on PC back in the day and this one made me fall in love all over again. It forces you toI’ve been a big fan of XCOM since the original on PC back in the day and this one made me fall in love all over again. It forces you to carefully measure each move you make since permadeath is very real here, once your operative is killed he/she is gone for good so make sure to keep a fresh healthy amount of reserves. Each enemy feels very unique with different strengths and weaknesses. The customization system for your operatives is very expansive offering loads of options. Each class of operative is intended to be utilized differently in order to be as effective as possible and leveling each one is very rewarding. Negatives are that the framrate can get choppy at times and there’s still some buggy areas and glitches though far and few between. Expand
  6. Apr 21, 2020
    7
    In 2012 we got Xcom Enemy Unknown which brought back turn based strategy on the console. I adored Enemy Unknown and pushed people to play theIn 2012 we got Xcom Enemy Unknown which brought back turn based strategy on the console. I adored Enemy Unknown and pushed people to play the ever loving **** out of it. Xcom 2 takes what was good about the original Xcom and makes it difficult to the nth degree. The game has so much bull**** that occurs that it makes it more stressful than fun. I know there are some General S. Pattons out there that never lost a soldier, but I found myself constantly reloading after a plethora of swears exited my mouth. Hopefully I don’t spend this whole review **** about this game because there are many positives, but the things that pissed me off just truly chapped my ass.
    The game’s premise is humanity has integrated with the aliens and you return as the Commander. You are leading the resistance to kick these alien bastards off of our planet. The story from there is basically make it up as you go along. Eventually you unlock story bits like them using humans as energy. (I wonder where they got that from?) But for the most part it is just the character talking in length on how important getting our planet back is.
    The gameplay is a squad based turned based strategy game. Those who don’t know think if Gears of War cover based game with the squad taking turns and missing half the **** time. I’m going to try and get the positives out first before my negatives. The game is truly fun when you are in combat. When one of your soldiers takes out one of their alien snake **** then you just feel good. The customization of your soldiers is a stupid amount of fun. FYI do not make your friends then tell them you put them in the game, because when you tell them “oh you died in the game” you oddly are shammed more than you’d think. The classes for your troops are few but important you have sniper, engineer, heavy gunner, and assault. I do love that each class is a must for the mission you would fail fairly quick if you sent in a squad of snipers into battle. It is nice to have an diverse team. The game has a base build feature which was somehow more complicated than the first game. I never really knew what I needed to actually have. They leave it free form but a little handholding wouldn’t be a sin in my book. The game also has way too many counting clocks in it. Many missions you have so many turns until mission fail, or the story has this doom clock that is counting down to slow it down you must do main missions. The issue is the main missions are difficult for my troops to undertake so the game is constantly is me sending my guys out on this Dirty Dozen suicide mission. I sit there and tell my troops “most of you won’t make it out of this alive. I’m sorry, but I suck as a commander.” That is really my main issue with this game it starts you out nice and slow, but jacks the difficulty up so high you are just getting **** in the ass constantly. Example of this the have these enemies who can clone themselves, turn off your weapons (forces you to have to reload), and teleport. That is an overpowered enemy, and they are a common foe.
    Sadly I know my issues with the game stem more off my lack of skill then the game itself. I just found the game barrier of entry higher than the first which ended up hindering my enjoyment of it. I didn’t hate the game as much as I wanted to. I give it a 3/5. I feel like if you are a badass strategist and bent the first game over and made it your **** then get this game. If you just enjoyed the game or are curious about this one I say rental for sure. It is worth checking out. I only wish it was amazing, and a bit more mainstream so we can get a few more turn based strategy games. Well folks this is B-rod saying if aliens come to Earth do not put me in charge of the resistance.
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  7. Apr 24, 2017
    3
    Des fois, je me demande si je perds la boule ou toute notion du temps : le premier Xcom rebooté et déterré des morts, c'était bien en 2012 surDes fois, je me demande si je perds la boule ou toute notion du temps : le premier Xcom rebooté et déterré des morts, c'était bien en 2012 sur pc/ps(3)60 ?... parce que là, on est en 2016 sur pc/ps(4)one et je n'ai vu que... presque pas de différences graphiques dans ce Xcom 2 (?), bien qu'il y en ait quand même (?) à part la résolution tout de même ! (sur les consoles récentes bien sûr).

    Oui, on va me dire que j'exagère mais en 4 ans -mettons 3 à partir de Within- qu'est-ce qu'ils ont foutu ? à part... fortement dégrader la performance de leur "bébé" qui tourne vraiment comme une patate. Mais il paraît que c'était pire lorsqu'il est sorti sur pc en début d'année 2016 et de ce que j'en sais, c'était vraiment épouvantable et ce Xcon second du nom se qualifiait d'ores et déjà pour l'étron technique de l'année.

    On a donc des temps de chargement qui font peu ou prou la minute pour des petites cartes avec de temps en temps, des apparitions d'ennemis scriptées ; on a des ralentissements et de fortes saccades dans le déroulé de l'action et le suivi des prises de décision comme lorsqu'on essaie de lancer un programme dans Windows 3.1 avec 4 Mo de ram.

    Tout de même, m'sieurs-dames, je ne voudrais pas être désobligeant mais franchement quelle merde !

    Mais en tant que suite de leur excellent jeu de tactique de 2012, tout n'est pas à jeter, loin de là : on retrouve la très bonne interface, l'IA retorse et la chouette présentation générale ; l'histoire et ses cinématiques sont sympathiques et font plus ou moins le boulot, la musique est réussie et la VF très correcte.

    On peut maintenant tenter des embuscades puisqu'une infiltration est désormais possible et heureusement d'ailleurs, car sans cela, bien des missions seraient impossibles au vu du nombre hallucinant d'ennemis et de monstres que les développeurs nous balancent à la gueule. C'est là le plus gros grief qu'on peut leur signifier : chez Firaxis, on n'a pas cherché à améliorer, on s'est juste creusé la tête pour faire chier au maximum le joueur honnête.

    Pour se donner sans doute une allure élitiste, c'est souvent le cas avec les **** développeurs qui rament avec leurs petites licences qui ne décollent pas : il faut attirer l'attention par tous les moyens, y compris par de la difficulté grotesque et débectante.

    La partie gestion est en retrait également du Xcom 2012 puisqu'ici, on est tout le temps sous pression (juste pour faire chier, ouais, ouais) avec les opérations des vilains Roswell qui n'arrêtent pas et peuvent t'envoyer au game over ; on doit également jongler avec les "renseignements" (pour étendre le réseau résistant) et les ressources (pour étendre sa base... euh son vaisseau) et gérer sa troupe, l'équipement, la recherche et tout ça et tout le tralala...

    Putain...!. Du coup, je voulais mettre au moins 4 en commençant cette critique et je me rends compte que ça ne va pas être possible. Le Xcon 2 est tellement lourdingue qu'il te rend dingue : ce sera 3 et c'est déjà pas mal.
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