Story - 86%
Graphics - 91%
Audio - 85%
Gameplay - 88%
Replayability - 93%
XCOM 2 has been out for a year now and made some great strides when it released and even now it is still a game that a lot of gamers enjoy, now we have an awesome expansion that is so big that it might just be looked at as a new game.
I’m a big XCOM fan and this series is what I use to compare other Turn-based games with. You can read my original XCOM 2 review here. The improvements they made in XCOM 2 from the first game was really good and with War of the Chosen I didn’t expect much change except for them fixing some minor bugs but as I started War of the Chosen I was pleasantly surprised by all the changes and that the campaign alone felt so much richer.
The campaign has all the new content of the expansion and for me it made it worthwhile to replay the campaign from the start. The great thing is that all the new content and changes reflect everywhere and a new mode is also available called Challenge Mode. First-off let’s look at some of the new units that we get in War of the Chosen:
Enemies – The Chosen are 3 new elite enemies to be aware of, these guys have been tasked by the Elders to recapture the Commander and destroy XCOM. The Assassin works in stealth mode and they try to get the jump on your soldiers to kidnap them. The Hunter is a hybrid alien that uses long-range rifles to try and kill off your team. And then we have the Warlock who will summon other enemies and uses psionic powers to deal some devastating damage. These elites can through a spanner in a lot of missions especially if the mission is in a region where they operate in but they add so much more to the game. The Lost is not just an enemy for the XCOM but also for ADVENT, which is very cool. They are mindless Zombies which will attack any side.
Rebel Faction – War of the Chosen also introduces three new rebel factions which will grant XCOM a hero class unit once you have formed an alliance. The Reapers specialize in stealth and long-range, the Templars is a group who have developed unique psionic powers and the Skirmishers are former ADVENT soldiers turned rogue and they have some great equipment and tactics. These Rebel forces also lets you undertake covert ops to gain extra resources and other rewards.
Challenge Mode brings something different to a game mode. Every day there is a new challenge for you to play. This challenge will give you certain team members to play with, usually a mix bag of XCOM and ADVENT soldiers, and then it will have you play a set mission. You score on the mission on how you perform, how many times your team got injured, how many turns it took and more. Your score then gets added to the leaderboard where you can be the best XCOM player for the day. This mode is crazy fun and everyone needs to try it at least once.
There are more content and new additions like your soldiers are now able to form bonds with each other giving them some boosts. Research breakthroughs give certain boosts in researching new technology and you can also create your own propaganda posters that will show up in missions.
XCOM 2 War of the Chosen is one of the best expansions I have played in a while, it changes the whole dynamic of the game and adds so much more value to XCOM 2. I will definitely still be playing this until a new XCOM comes along.
Reviewed on: PS4
Available on: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Genre: Turn Based Strategy
Age Rating: Mature
Publisher/Developer: 2K Games, Fireaxis
Estimated RRP: R629
Release Date: 29 August 2017
- So much content
- Incorporated in all game modes
- More time to play