Round-up

XCOM 2

You might need a strategy for dealing with time spent playing XCOM 2.

Sequel to the 2012 remake of the original 1994 game (what?), XCOM 2 is set 20 years after losing the battle against the Enemy Unknown, and now that invasion occupies Earth. A tense, tactical, strategy game do the XCOM forces have what it takes to push back the alien forces, and pull open your wallet?

The Guardian – 5/5

XCOM 2 is a perfect example of how iteration should work for games: it takes a great original, fixes and streamlines the problems, and doubles-down in unexpected areas.

Game Informer – 9.5/10

Firaxis’ masterclass in strategy design has you second-guessing all your choices and analyzing your smallest decisions. It might sound stressful, and at times it is, but XCOM 2’s battles are so compelling that it’s easy to pick yourself up after defeat and jump back into the fray.

PC Gamer – 94/100

I slowly fought back. I recruited new troops, built new technology, got better at the game, and was left elated, feeling I’d conquered a impossible task. Strategy games just don’t normally feel like this.

games(TM) – 9/10

XCOM 2 always feels like it’s pushing you to try, to succeed in the face of what looks to be certain failure. The looming presence of dread is constant, and that makes your victories all the sweeter.

GameTrailers – 9.3/10

God is a Geek – 9/10

XCOM 2 is, in almost every way, a perfect sequel. It’s a deep, tough, intelligent strategy game that offers you endless hours of intense fighting against some of the best enemy AI you’ll encounter. It’s a game that creates moments you’ll remember with characters you’ve created and care about and is quite possibly the best example of its genre to date.

PCGamesN – 9/10

XCOM 2’s storytelling is worthy of the mechanical scaffolding it’s draped across. Given that the same alien overlords revealed their intent to us in Bond villain monologue at the close of Enemy Unknown, Firaxis have done a fantastic job of instilling them with new mystery and menace.

If you own a PC, like playing games, and have a heartbeat, you should probably play XCOM 2, it seems. Oh, and someone’s made a mod so you can have Stormtrooper helmets on your team members…

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