XCOM 2: War Of The Chosen, As Told By Steam Reviews

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XCOM 2: War of the Chosen is a turn-based Shakespearean tragedy generator, and also there are aliens. Steam users have been sharing their tales of devastation, woe, and, every once in a while, victory.

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I was expecting to enjoy the expansion, but I had no idea just how much Shadow of Mordor-like personality it would add to XCOM 2's already excellent formula. The Chosen do, however, have a pretty significant impact on the game’s tone, replacing the creeping dread of enemies unknown with purple space orcs who have faces and voices and feel more like traditional video game villains. As a result, opinions on War of the Chosen are more split than you might expect.

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DISCUSSION

I have to say, as much as I ‘m enjoying the gameplay mechanics of WotC, I actually do understand and even agree with some of the criticisms above. Taking my first Chosen down was pretty damn cool, but taking the rest of them was basically just more of the same. And while I personally like the characters of the chosen, I completely understand if there are people who are frustrated with the tonal changes of it all.

I also do agree with the one commentor who noted that the game can get really easy late-game. By the time I got into the final stretch, my squad was filled up with Colonels and Majors who have the ability to chain a shitload of shots, melee strikes, etc... before even running out of ammo. It’s nice to see your squad of puny little rookies evolve into badass advent huntin’ super soldiers... but it gets a little too easy near the end.