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XCOM 2 is a turn-based tactical strategy game and the sequel to XCOM: Enemy Unknown. XCOM 2 takes place twenty years after the events of Enemy Unknown, where it is assumed the player lost the battle to save Earth. The aliens have taken over and the player must lead a small guerrilla force to retake the planet. In the strategy layer, the player must fly the Avenger, a mobile base, around the planet, bolstering the resistance and upgrading his ship. In the tactical layer, a squad of soldiers must navigate multiple environments, dispatching aliens and completing objectives.

Just like the previous game there is support for one-on-one online multiplayer games. Unlike Enemy Unknown that used fixed levels, XCOM 2's maps have portions that are randomly generated, for instance with objects and buildings, but the overall level design is always the same. Random generation is also applied to side missions, enemy placement and reinforcements. All buildings are destructible.


XCOM 2 Xbox One Looting items aliens dropped leaves only for a small window in time
XCOM 2 Xbox One When you see a Sectopod it's too late to think strategy
XCOM 2 Windows What a nice view!
XCOM 2 Xbox One My most elite operatives hardly have less than 100% chance of hitting the target

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XCOM 2 Screenshot
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PC Gamer Windows Jan 31, 2016 94 out of 100 94
GamesRadar Windows Feb 02, 2016 4.5 out of 5 90
GamePro (Germany) (IDG/Webedia) PlayStation 4 Sep 30, 2016 89 out of 100 89
GameStar (Germany) Windows Feb 01, 2016 88 out of 100 88 PlayStation 4 Oct 04, 2016 85 out of 100 85 Xbox One Oct 04, 2016 85 out of 100 85
Video Chums PlayStation 4 Oct 13, 2016 8.5 out of 10 85 Windows Feb 27, 2016 6.5 out of 10 65
Giant Bomb Windows Feb 11, 2016 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
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  • The Dragon Awards
    • 2016 – Best Science Fiction or Fantasy PC/Console Game – Nominated

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