XCOM 2 Review Round up: Is The Game Better Than XCOM 1?

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We take a look at the sequel to the hit tactical RPG to see if it delivers the same success as the original game.

XCOM was one of the classic PC games in the 90s, thanks to its unique tactical game and interesting setting. After it was revived with a reboot in 2012, the franchise was revitalized with better visuals and deeper gameplay mechanics, becoming a commercial and critical success. Now, with the sequel arriving in just a few days, let us take a look at some of the reviews made by some game critics and see if XCOM 2 can still deliver the same success as with the first reboot.

Polygon 9 out of 10

In spite of a few glaring technical issues, XCOM 2 represents a high-water mark for the entire franchise. Firaxis successfully tells an evocative story. It treats players with respect and includes so many small quality of life improvements over the original they are simply too numerous to mention. It is challenging enough at its basic difficulty level to feel like a complete experience. Despite the bugs, it’s still the best-looking, most exciting turn-based tactical game I’ve ever played.

PC Gamer 9.4 out of 10

Exceptionally tough, rewarding strategy and a masterful reworking of the XCOM formula. We?ll play this forever.

IGN 9.3 out of 10

With a focus on variety and replayability, this sequel has an answer to most of my complaints about 2012?s excellent XCOM: Enemy Unknown, and aside from some mostly cosmetic bugs, it comes together brilliantly. Thanks to a new spin on the same great tactical combat, plus unpredictable maps and randomized objectives and loot, XCOM 2 is an amazing game I?ll easily put hundreds of hours into.

Gamespot 9 out of 10

So time keeps ticking in XCOM 2, and the best we can do is make the right choices when we have the chance. XCOM 2 imparts the weight of those decisions, and that’s what makes it extraordinary. It’s mathematical, emotional, and thoughtful all at once. It’s exhilarating, even in the face of failure. It’s compelling, even though we often lose. Victory is the goal, but that’s just an afterthought here–it’s the complex journey that counts.

So far XCOM 2 is receiving a lot of high remarks. If you are a fan of science fiction and tactical games, better grab this once it?s out in stores on February 5 for the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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