|Ye can take our lives but ye cannever take... OUR FREEDOOOM (and here's an alien corpse to show we mean business)
Again we have a game that was only voted by two of the judges, but again it is a game that these judges are almost certainly going to get. Firaxis resurrected the XCOM series in 2012 with XCOM: Enemy Unknown (XCOM:EU) with a sleek, refined take on the 1994 classic. While hardcore fans were disappointed with the lack of micromanagement compared to the original, I believe Firaxis "modernised" the game for the current generation of gamers and did a good job of it. It's no surprise then, that XCOM:EU received a score of 8/10 when reviewed by Choicest Games. I wasn't alone in this assessment: XCOM:EU managed to win multiple awards and has a Metacritic rating of 89 for the PC version.
XCOM 2 assumes that XCOM fails in XCOM:EU. Shortly after the aliens begun their invasion of Earth, the Council Nations withdraw their support of XCOM and the remaining loyal members of XCOM go into hiding. XCOM 2 is set 20 years later where the Earth is controlled by the aliens through a puppet administration called ADVENT. ADVENT has done much to brainwash the population into believing that the aliens actually came in peace and that XCOM were just a bunch of bloodthirsty xenophobes. You play the role of the Commander from XCOM:EU but somehow you start the game in alien stasis. New allies in the game include rogue ADVENT scientist, Dr. Richard Tygan and Chief Engineer An-Yi Shen, daughter of Dr. Raymond Shen from XCOM:EU (who is apparently dead). Central Officer Bradford from XCOM:EU also returns as an ally for the Commander.
In terms of gameplay, XCOM 2 will be very similar to XCOM:EU although there are a few changes. Firstly, you're able to position your troops at the beginning of a mission so you have a better chance of ambushing your enemies. You’re also now able to loot corpses and use melee weapons to kill enemies. If any of your soldiers are wounded, another soldier can carry them back for evac and XCOM 2 is also the first XCOM game to feature secondary objectives.
It sounds all very enticing and I can't wait until February next year when it is scheduled for release!
4 out of 8 votes
Mark and Luke
5 February 2016
[ LINK: XCOM 2 Official Website ]