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XCOM 2: War of the Chosen by 2K

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  • Platform: Xbox One
  • Publisher: 2K
  • Developer: Firaxis Games
  • Category: DLC , Expansion

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XCOM 2: War of the Chosen, is the expansion to the 2016 award-winning strategy game of the year.

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XCOM 2: War of the Chosen

The Pièce De Alien Résistance
by Ben Reeves
Concept:

Take Firaxis' robust sci-fi strategy game and pack in an impressive amount of new content until you have a strategy experience that is nigh-infinite replayable


Graphics:

These procedurally generated levels feel even more robust than before, and the list of customization features for your player-created characters allows you to create nearly any rag-tag team of freedom fighters you can dream up


Sound:

XCOM's creepy digital score is a great soundtrack for kicking alien butt, but it feels too repetitive by the end of the game


Playability:

Controller support is welcome, but the mouse/keyboard interface is still the most intuitive


Entertainment:

Overpowered aliens and a run of bad luck can test your resolve, but there is almost always a way out of every jam thanks to XCOM's layered strategy


Replay:

High

Firaxis' alien-blasting strategy game is so finely balanced that if the developer pushed too hard on any of its systems the whole game could completely break. This existing complexity makes XCOM 2's War of the Chosen expansion feel like a magic trick, because Firaxis adds nearly a game's worth of new content into the existing framework without compromising any of its mechanics. XCOM's strategy has never been richer.

Like Firaxis' previous expansions, War of the Chosen weaves an extensive number of fresh ideas into the base game. With no new campaign, players must start a new game that features all of XCOM 2's content up to this point. However, given XCOM's procedurally generated nature, I never felt like I was replaying the same missions from last year's release. On the contrary, within the first hour of War of the Chosen, I had already encountered new environments, faced off against a variety of unique aliens, and eagerly deployed new combat units onto the battlefield.

One of the most noticeable additions to War of the Chosen are the titular Chosen. These three new individual aliens have unique personalities and powers. You encounter these Chosen at random several times throughout your journey, but each encounter plays out differently because the Chosen learn from your encounters and gain new skills over time. XCOM's aliens have always been imposing, but the Chosen are so overpowered that you need to pull out all the stops to take them down. I developed a special hatred for each Chosen, and my journey to end their tyranny felt personal in a way that I've never experienced playing XCOM before.

The Chosen aren't the only new aliens in War of the Chosen. This expansion introduces a new class of enemy called the Lost. These stumbling corpses are basically zombies, and they attack indiscriminately in hordes. Every time you kill a Lost you gain a free action, so you can attack multiple times, and I had a lot of fun picking them off in packs. It's also easy to burn through ammo when fighting these leaderless masses, which means you can get overwhelmed if your clip runs dry. Ultimately, I loved the extra element of chaos the Lost brought to each encounter. Since the Lost also attack other enemies, sometimes it's beneficial to keep them alive on the chance that they help you cut through more menacing aliens.

See more of the review at Game Informer

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 includes new Hero classes to counter the "Chosen", new enemies, missions, environments and increased depth in strategic gameplay.

Requires XCOM® 2 game. Sold separately. Requires 70GB Storage Space

  • NEW FACTIONS & HERO CLASSES - Three additional factions have emerged to strengthen Earth's resistance - the Reapers, Skirmishers and Templars - each with its own unique abilities and contrasting philosophies. These factions provide powerful hero class soldiers to aid in missions and new opportunities for the strategy layer.
  • THE CHOSEN - The Chosen are the most cunning enemies XCOM has ever faced, each with unique strengths and weaknesses that will be introduced with each new campaign. The Chosen are on the hunt for the Commander and will kidnap, interrogate, and kill XCOM's soldiers to complete their objective. The Chosen can also invade the strategy layer and ravage XCOM's global operations. Find and raid the Chosen's strongholds to defeat the enemy for good.
  • NEW ALIEN & ADVENT THREATS - A deadly new alien known as the Spectre, capable of creating dark copies of XCOM soldiers, has snuck onto the battlefield. Adopt new tactics to counter it as well as the explosive attacks of the ADVENT Purifier and the psionically charged ADVENT Priest.
  • NEW ENVIRONMENTS AND MISSION OBJECTIVES - Engage in tactical missions across new environments from abandoned cities devastated by alien bioweapons during the original invasion, to underground tunnels and xenoformed wilderness regions.
  • ENHANCED STRATEGY LAYER - Manage XCOM's relations with factions and counter The Chosen's operations from the Avenger. Employ new Resistance Orders to prioritize your personal strategy. Soldiers, scientists, and engineers can now be deployed for Covert Actions that award supplies and boost faction favor if successfully completed.
  • GREATER CUSTOMIZATION & REPLAYABILITY - Soldiers can develop bonds with compatible teammates for new abilities and perks. The SITREP system dynamically adds new modifiers to the tactical layer to make sure every mission provides a unique challenge. Advanced campaign options allow for finer adjustments to game length and difficulty.
  • CHALLENGE MODE - Utilize the perfect strategy in new regular one-shot community challenges to claim the top spot on the global leaderboard.
  • SHARE THE RESISTANCE - Customize and pose your soldiers, then add filters, text and backgrounds to generate your own unique resistance posters that appear in-game and can be shared with friends.

Storage Space Requirements:

Requires 70GB Storage Space

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