XCOM 2 is the sequel to XCOM: Enemy Unknown, the 2012 award-winning strategy game of the year.
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 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.
Short review: The best strategy game I have ever had the privilage to play. Pick this upLong review: I have sunk over 150 hours so far in this game, and that is just for PC. I originally bought XCOM2 for Xbox1, but the port was rather poor, which broke my heart. X360 had a solid port of Enemy Unknown/Within, so I don’t understand what happened but this game runs poorly on consoles. Even if it ran great, by the time I bought my PC in Feb, I still would of bought this game again, hands down. In XCOM2, you are a guerilla faction of soldiers comprised of rogue resistance fighters. Your mission in this game is to take back what the aliens took from humanity; earth. The story is fantastic and the game does an awesome job of really making you feel like you are struggling to regain territory, especially in the beginning. Your first few hours in this game are crucial. The difficulty smacks you immediatly in the face; it can put off new comers because of this. But that is what makes XCOM2 so great. Starting out, you inherit hardship and you are oppressed. You have no weapons or tech, other than conventional, and you are fighting a losing battle from day 1. Expect the aliens to mop the floor with you. Yet, through time and perserverance, you will become more formidable against the alien threat. This is the charm of XCOM2. You start to give it back to the aliens who usurped earth from humanity, and you will enjoy wrecking them every. single. time. The game is broken up into two fronts. You have the strategic layer of the map combined with resource management and recruiting soldiers, and then you have the actual combat missions, which is turned based. It is seriously like a awesome version of chess, except way harder with different layers. As you see missions open up, you will get to choose your squad of XCOM soldiers best for the situation. If you play on ironman mode, all decisions are final. You send in a bunch of rookie scrubs on a difficult mission, they will get sqaud wiped and come back in body bags. Their memory will be left in the memorial plaque at the bar in your headquarters. I can’t recommend this game enough. But here is the best thing about XCOM2, hands down.LONG WAR.Play XCOM2, beat it to get your bearings down, and download this free mod from Pavonis.It seriously changes the game into a whole other beast.Once you go LONG WAR, you won’t go back to vanilla.XCOM2 is one of my favorite games ever made, and this game sits highly upon my shelf of classic games. It is a masterpiece.If this sounds more like a love letter to Fireaxis than a review, than so be it. This game is a classic.