XCOM® 2 - Buyer's Guide

Explore XCOM 2's critically acclaimed strategy gameplay, criticizing its randomness and difficulty.
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In XCOM 2, humanity is on the brink of extinction after a crushing defeat by alien forces. This critically acclaimed sequel to the 2012 Game of the Year, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, follows a new wave of resistance fighters as they aim to overthrow the extraterrestrial oppressors. From their mobile headquarters, the Avenger, players lead their troops into combat, leveraging new tactical strategies to outmaneuver a diverse array of enemies. With five soldier classes, customizable and upgradeable equipment, and procedurally generated missions, the fate of humanity rests in the hands of players.

Should I play XCOM® 2 in 2024?

The good

The game has received many positive comments from players, with some saying it’s one of the best strategy games they’ve ever played. Many players have praised the game’s depth and replayability, with one player stating it’s a “masterpiece” that will be enjoyed for a long time. Some players have also appreciated the game’s storyline and creepy atmosphere.

The bad

However, numerous players have criticized the game for its heavy reliance on randomness, feeling that it’s too reliant on luck and not enough on strategy. Many players have also complained about the game’s difficulty, stating that it’s not challenging in a good way, but rather punishingly hard. Some players have also had issues with the 2K launcher, including bugs and mod-blocking issues.


Overall, while XCOM 2 has its fans, it’s clear that the game has its fair share of flaws. The game’s reliance on randomness and punishing difficulty may not appeal to everyone. However, fans of the series may still enjoy the game’s depth and replayability. In 2024, I would still recommend playing the game, but only if you’re a die-hard fan of the series or enjoy challenging strategy games. Just be prepared for some frustrating moments and potential technical issues with the launcher.

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