I have been a fan of both XCOM and Fire Emblem since I was but a wee pile of childish hope and bacteria, watching the extra-long Sacred Stones epilogue during a precious family Christmas dinner. I have dreamed of a game that includes elements of both. Thanks to mods, XCOM 2 is now that game.
Given the tone of the game, when I played through XCOM 2 I customised my soldiers with “grim realism” in mind. Those who prefer to get a little silly with their cannon fodder, though, might enjoy the game’s new Anarchy’s Children DLC, which introduces new customisation options for your troops.
I suppose this was inevitable.
XCOM 2 is easily my favorite game of the year so far. It also has serious performance issues. It’s been two weeks since the game launched, and unfortunately, today’s update does little to alleviate them.
GTFO here, Advent.
It’s a long, grisly war out there, commanders. These alien occupiers are tough bastards, and you’re gonna lose a lot of good men and women. We’re here to help you keep casualties to a minimum.
I knew I liked XCOM 2 a whole lot pretty much from the moment I started playing it. I knew I loved it when I embarked on a mission called “Operation Tomb Fist.”
An XCOM soldier missing a nearby target? No way!
XCOM 2 not only supports fan-made mods, but it’s also quite easy to modify soldiers to look like someone familiar.
I used to be the slowest XCOM player on Earth. Then XCOM 2 happened.
Swedish YouTuber Kilian decided to show us how to beat the game on the hardest difficulty in 50 turns. While playing as Venice, with domination victory only. Those are factors that’d make winning pretty much impossible.
The latest XCOM 2 trailer gives a sense of how base management will work. Research and development, troop training, and monitoring for attacks, all from your new mobile base on a repurposed alien ship. Which I’m sure won’t lead to any complications...
A new expansion called Rising Tide will be making Civilization: Beyond Earth bigger—and wetter. The add-on will bring oceanic exploration, along with new enemies, factions and Diplomatic Traits to the game when it releases this fall.
Back in November I told you we were dangerously close to getting an official LEGO set based on the adventures of everyone's favorite Time Lord. Today LEGO Ideas made it official—we're getting an official Doctor Who set, courtesy of Andy Clark of Firaxis Games.
There's going to be even more sci-fi-styled Civilization action coming this spring, with a new strategy game coming from legendary game designer Sid Meier picking up where Civilization: Beyond Earth left off.
In the Civilization games, when barbarians capture our exposed worker units and convert them to their faction, they always tend to run away when we try to recapture them, like they never wanted to be part of our empire in the first place. White Lightning HQ's video has an explanation for this strange behaviour.