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XCOM 2's DLC Goes Full Borderlands

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.

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As you might have guessed by the name, this is not for lovers of “grim realism”. Instead, it’s more like something you’d find on the cover of a Borderlands game, all post-apocalyptic wacky spikes and helmets and leather pants.

Some of this stuff, like the new facepaint, encroaches on territory already well covered by mods; I played my original campaign with getups like this, for example:

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Other more extensive wardrobe changes introduced in Anarchy’s Children, though, are pretty neat. Like shorts! Some are sexy, but some are downright practical.

From L-R: Ripley, Harley Quinn, Robert Muldoon
From L-R: Ripley, Harley Quinn, Robert Muldoon

And just so you know, the “shirtless and tiny shorts” look is also in effect for the fellas as well:

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Alongside this cosmetic DLC was also an update that promised an improvement from the game’s crummy performance issues at launch. We’ll kick its tyres and see how that goes and get back to you.

Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com.

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I would play a XCOM Borderlands mix. Something like XCOM with Borderlands’ loot mechanics sounds fun even if in retrospect that just sounds like a turn based Baldur’s Gate with guns.