XCOM 2: War of the Chosen

The best turn based strategy game I have ever played just became even better with the release of XCOM 2: War of the Chosen.

I started playing the XCOM franchise with the release of XCOM: Player Unknown and I was instantly hooked. The game took me back to the days of Fallout 1 and 2. 

I’m not often one to jump at pre-orders but I had to with the release of XCOM 2. I was chomping at the bit to pick it up, and it didn’t disappoint. XCOM 2: War of the Chosen revamps what was already a fantastic game and adds a ton of new content. I haven’t been able to stop playing since its release.

The brand new factions and classes are a delight.

There was no holding back with the release of XCOM 2: War of the Chosen. In the early stages of the game we get introduced to the Reapers. An elite team of shadow blending snipers, the faction creates a whole new interest and play style.

The name of the game for these guys is scouting, being virtually invisible unless they leave an exposed toe to step on. The Reapers are also adept at clay-mores and traps, they can trigger explosives at the hit of a button and can take shots with only a slight chance at being revealed.

On the same mission we meet the Skirmishers. These Advent turncoats are experts in close combat with their Wolverine claws and traversing the battlefield. They have a handy hook that lets them “Scorpion” their enemies and can fire before moving without ending their turn. They are also pretty handy with grenades to boot.

Templars are what would happen if a Skirmisher and a psychic human had a baby. Even more devastating in close combat than a Skirmisher, their melee attacks never miss. What’s more is that they can do the ol’ hit-and-run and dash away after slicing up an alien’s face with their psi powered claws. Every hit earns them power which they can use on special pi like abilities.

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A bit of uniqueness helps with spotting them on the battlefield. Source – Steam Screenshot

The Chosen are a force to be reckoned with.

If stopping the Avatar project wasn’t enough for you, then how about adding three elite soldiers chosen by the Elders themselves to try to spoil your day. These spawns of Satan will constantly try to capture your soldiers, steal intelligence, hinder your income and overall put a stop to XCOM.

Consisting of The Assassin, The Warlock and The Hunter, each has unique abilities and weaknesses. They often pop up mid-mission just when you think you have everything under control. “Killing” them (vanquishing for a while) will reward you with ability points you can spend on the glorious new skill tree.

The Chosen have covert actions constantly hindering your progress and you need to devote much of your time and resources dealing with this new threat.

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The Assassin stealing the dreams from my unconscious XCOM soldier.

Bring on the Zombie Apocalypse!

The Lost are what happened to humanity after long term exposure to alien radiation. The hordes of zombie-like humans converge on friend and foe alike.

The good news is they are a breeze to kill and every kill grants you a bonus action. Plan accordingly and you can blast through the hordes like nothing.

The Lost often show up in several new map types including desolate cities, and underground tunnels. The main new enemy move quite differently to Advent soldiers and have a separate turn order much like The Chosen.

They are not the only new enemy though. The Advent purifier likes to burn lost and XCOM alike. The Advent Priest can stun your team and has a knack for staying alive. The most annoying is the sleek looking Spectre that moves great distances, knocks out and clones your soldiers and has a ton of health.

XCOM 2: War of the Chosen.
I think its infected. Source – Steam Screenshot

Resistance operations and team building.

You can now officially have a buddy in XCOM 2: War of the Chosen. As your soldiers work together they can earn bonuses over time, growing in level with the construction of new buildings. You are encouraged to rotate your soldiers more as they grow tired throughout the missions, and some of your best men will be sent away on special operations.

These operations yield a variety of rewards, from supplies to counters in Advent progress. They don’t come without danger however and every soldier you risk can return injured or not return at all.

XCOM 2: War of the Chosen
Probably will still miss. Source – Steam Screenshot

If you were a fan of XCOM: Player Unknown do yourself a favour and go out right now and pick yourself up XCOM 2: War of the Chosen. What are you waiting for? Go!

I'm a hardcore gamer and film buff living on the Northern Beaches in Sydney Australia. I have been working in television since 2010 and also have interests in board games, Star Wars and anything nerdy.