XCOM 2

XCOM 2: War of the Chosen review: X will indeed give it to you

Pinned down in a ruined city, my squad need to make it to an extraction point. In their way is a small army of alien fighters, a horde of zombies and a bloodthirsty warlord who turns invisible at the drop of a hat. It’s safe to say that not everyone made it out, and both digital and very real emotions were shredded in the process. Revisiting XCOM 2 has been like cutting open a barely healed ...[Read More]

Charlie’s top three games of 2016

We’re well over a year into doing the whole independent game site thing, and I must say… I’ve played a fuck load of games in that time. Disgusting amounts in fact, and it’s as great as it is daunting. I mean, yeah on paper playing games all day sounds great, but sometimes we have to play games that really suck, and we have to play them long enough to form a justifiable opin...[Read More]

Tom’s top three games of 2016

Man, 2016 was garbage. Lots of great famous people died, the UK shat the bed politically, the US immensely shat the bed politically, and my home Australia certainly engaged in its fair share of governmental diarrhoea (looking at you, the 77 people who gave Malcolm Roberts a reason to be in the news). But when it comes to video games, 2016 was actually pretty good, so good in fact that I was really...[Read More]

In Memorium: XCOM 2

This article contains some very mild spoilers for the story of XCOM 2 We all know how a session of XCOM 2 can be going really well until all of sudden it isn’t. I had my fair share of horrible outcomes while reviewing the game, and my fellow editor Charlie can attest to the unpredictability of the frail minds of his soldiers. But while his tale involved one of his troopers panicking so much ...[Read More]

There’s a Stormtrooper mod for XCOM 2 and it’s super appropriate

  XCOM 2 is an unforgiving game, and I loved the hell out of it. It doesn’t go easy on you, instead it relies on cold, hard statistical likelihoods to decide your chances of success. Your soldiers will more often than not miss the perfect shot you were holding out for, even when the statistics were in your favour. It boarders on the ridiculous, because these people are supposedly traine...[Read More]

XCOM 2’s endgame will mess you up

This article contains spoilers for XCOM 2, so read at your own peril! When a game like XCOM 2 tells you to prepare before heading into the final assault, maybe you should listen to it. Foolishly I decided to steam ahead, my main crew were fit, however, not all of them had specialised armour or the items they ultimately needed to stay alive… which proved to be a major problem. The final segme...[Read More]

XCOM 2 review: Unfairly good

Reviewed on: PC There will be few moments in your life when you’ll be required to make decisions as huge, and under the same amounts of pressure, as ones you’ll make when playing XCOM 2. Will you take the 50/50 shot to kill an enemy pinning down a team mate, hold your ground and only fire defensively or relocate to a better position but also expose your flank? Could another team mate b...[Read More]

What are the aliens in XCOM saying?

  If you’ve been playing XCOM 2 you may have wondered what the Advent soldiers are saying from time to time. They are a pretty vocal opposition, but for the most part they sound like a squid sneezing. Thankfully for all the curious alien linguists out there, Eurogamer have come out with a handy translation video. Okay, so maybe it’s not 100 per cent accurate, but it still makes yo...[Read More]

A tale of XCOM 2 brutality

  Over the past 48 hours I’ve been playing a lot of XCOM 2, and considering I’m new to the series, I’ve been absolutely blown away by how brutal it is. XCOM puts you in control of a commander fighting the “government” after a succesful alien invasion. To do so you control soldiers that take on various roles and level up as you progress. If they get blown to bits ...[Read More]

In Memoriam: XCOM Enemy Unknown

  With the release of XCOM 2 looming ever closer, it being tomorrow and all, all the traumatic memories I have from its predecessor XCOM: Enemy Unknown have been coming back to mind. As the subject of one of our “In Memorium” posts, Enemy Unknown is very unique thanks to its unpredictable strategy gameplay, permanent team member deaths and the ability to name and characterise your...[Read More]

XCOM 2 day one mods from Long War team announced

  For some people, developer Firaxis’ 2012 XCOM: Enemy Unknown wasn’t hard enough. “A ruthless game of statistical likelihoods, tough decision making and infantry perma-death? BAH,” they said. “We want enemies that can research and upgrade themselves like we can, and soldiers who tire and weaken after too many consecutive missions! We want our games to MAKE US WE...[Read More]

Tom’s most anticipated games of 2016

  I surprised literally nobody with my picks for game of the year 2015. What can I say, I loved Metal Gear Solid V more than most people. But with that business taken care of and a new year of games coming our way, it’s time to think about what is currently piquing my interest. Charlie already discussed the games on his horizon, and while there may be a slight cross over we both do seem...[Read More]

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