XCOM 2 - War of the Chosen expansion


#1

Edited the title as game has been updated since I created this thread back in Nov 16


It came out recently on XB1 and PS4. I was aware of the game but never had any interest to try it out. BUT, after buying it on Steam during a sale, I haven’t played anything else since. Nearly 200 hours played and still going strong.

I have (re)started the campaign 3 times now, but haven’t finished it yet as I keep finding new mods that enhance the experience more.

Oh yeah and I also enjoy watching others play…my favorite xcom2 youtuber:

Let me know who else plays this masterpiece. Also, I am keen to know how the PS4 and XB1 version hold up (I play on PC only).


#2

I do.

…but you already knew that :-p How are you liking the “A Better Advent” mod? I also recommend the assassin class mod - it’s a really fun archetype with some interesting perks. Plus, with Cap’n Bubs accessories pack, you can make them look like ninjas :tada::rage::tada:


#3

For anyone reading this post that like strategic games or games that are more micro/macro oriented, XCOM 2 is definitely your fix.

Unfortunately, @BoJima404, the computer i run is just a refurbished office kind of tower. It’s got no kind of ‘oomph’ to run the visuals it demands. Its what made me get a One for Killer Instinct, too. And yeah, Christopher Odd is meticulous in his playthroughs of the game. I know it came out fairly recently on the One so i might pick it up once i have some spare change. Rent and bills and all that adulting stuff first…meh.


#4

A game like this will actually save me money as I hardly get to look at other games, lol. Too busy tweaking stuff and trying to improve. Tbh, I used to like turn based games but I hadn’t tried one in ages. This is what the doctor ordered.

I subscribed but haven’t ‘ticked’ the box yet, lol. I messed up with some of my current mods (dunno which one) and it spiked up the difficulty. The difficulty is brutal on veteran. I went out with a squad of 6, but got wiped out by three enemies on an “easy” mission. So, I am making excuses to start over a fourth time with other mods.


#5

Lol. Yeah, some of the mods drastically up the game’s difficulty. If you’ve already got something on that makes the game rly tough, then you actually might not want to stack A Better Advent on top of that. A lot of the new enemy types and behaviors are absolutely brutal at the early stages of the game.


#6

The most brutal part of the game remains shot accuracy. My 89% shot misses twice in a row but my sniper got killed in one shot while in cover, and certainly not in line of sight, on the tallest building by a muton. I tasted real salt, haha


#7

Lol. That kinda stuff is infuriating. Not gonna lie though, I’m a dirty save scummer, so if the game screws me over too hard I’m just like “nope” and restart :joy:


#8

Ironman has got to wait a bit longer, I guess. By the way, the new enemies introduced in Long War mods are different from the enemies introduced A better Advent, right? Are the mods compatible? Only if you know.


#9

Pretty sure the enemies are different, because long war wasn’t out when a better advent came out. Not sure how well they play together. Steam workshop should probably have an answer on that though.


#10

Did a trial mission with Better Advent, liked it a lot.
Also, it’s compatible with Long War.


#11

Yeah, I really like that mod. More enemies per pod, ability to trigger multiple pods simultaneously…some missions get really hairy when you’ve activated a crap ton of enemies that you really don’t have the tools to fight :slight_smile:


#12

The Long War has great new enemies but I feel that throughout the early parts of the campaign my own squad has very little tools to deal with these new enemy types. ABA is a bit more manageable, imho.
Now I just use both the LW toolbox (new enemies disabled) and ABA to retool enemy A. I.


#13

I’ve played XCOM: Enemy Within. Does that count? :slight_smile:


#14

No, it doesn’t. But since it’s you, I I’ll count it anyway :wink:


#15

As a longtime fan of the series, I think this is the best XCOM game to date- with the bugs that force restarts being the only big turnoff.

I think I played for around 100 hours in a single weekend where I did pretty much nothing but eat, sleep, and play XCOM.

I play on a “no reloading saves whatsoever” (game is too buggy to actually set it on hardcore atm) so as I was getting familiar with the game, it took me three failed campaigns before I finally beat it. I think they got the difficulty levels in this game juuuust right, and until this game, no XCOM game had really managed to do this.

I have not played with any of the DLC as of yet. I was wary of extra features from the DLC upsetting the perfect difficulty balance. Will probably try it this week.


#16

It doesn’t, but EW is a good game in its own right. I highly recommend playing XCOM2 though Ostrich - it’s just a better game all around. More enemy variation, better difficulty ramp-up, and just some really friggen sweet moments throughout the campaign :slight_smile:

@Tonyathome - I say give some of the mods a shot. They definitely change the balance of the game, but in pretty enjoyable ways I think. Some of the new enemy and class variations are really interesting. I will say though, that the Better Advent mod is probably murder on an Ironman run…the early game is hard as heck :-p


#17

Training rookies is the hardest. They keep dying on me. I haven’t had a rookie give me more than 2 or 3 missions after the first few missions. My only option is to get high ranked soldiers as rewards for completing missions.

Yeah, I back this statement.

A quick story: on a routine mission, I just finished the main objective (destroy the relay or something), and I just needed to eliminate the remaining “hostiles”. I started with full health, full clip and in position :angry: The remaining three of them (a sectoid, trooper, codex) appeared and still managed to kill 4 members of my 7 man squad in just four turns. :cry: So I lost 60% of my squad in the final 10 minutes of a 45 minute mission.

Still, the salt is too sweet that I redid the mission from start. Awesome game.


#18

I did think of a question though. @STORM179, @BoJima404, what is the multiplayer like, if you’ve played any? From what i saw (and it was from Christopher Odd’s playthroughs early in the games PC life) its VERY rough with a significant delay between ending your turn and your opponent starting theirs.


#19

I haven’t tested out multiplayer yet. I have the same impression as you have currently. Besides Odd’s vids, I have checked other multiplayer footage on YouTube but it wasn’t very engaging due to the waiting time in between turns. Still, I am keen to try it out.


#20

Yeah, I’ve never really had any desire to try out its multiplayer. XCOM will always be a single player experience to me…never really had any inclination to turn it into an MP thing.