My morning has filled with killing aliens and trying to retake the earth. Xcom 2 is finally here!
I’m a huge Xcom fan. I knew this game would be a day one buy for me the moment it was announced. There are some threads on Steam complaining about the game’s performance. I haven’t experienced any game breaking bugs in the two hours that I’ve put into the game so far.
My first hour was probably spent creating my first character and he looks pretty badass. The tutorial in this game is probably the best tutorial I’ve ever played. It didn’t feel like a tutorial at all and it thrust me right into the action. This game, so far at least, is filled with cutscenes and story content. In my first two hours I’ve experienced more cutscenes and dialogue then I did in my first 40 hours of Xcom Enemy Uknown. The voice acting is surprisingly good too.
This paragraph will contain a slight spoiler for Xcom 2
What I didn’t realize until the end of the tutorial is that the person that I rescued is the same commander from the first Xcom game. That’s not really a spoiler since it happens in the first 20-30 minutes of the game, but there’s a spoiler tag above this paragraph so don’t complain that you weren’t warned before hand.
The gameplay is fantastic. This is an Xcom game and it plays like a Xcom game. It’s turn based and everyone on your squad will have a chance to perform one or two actions before their turn ends. A new stealth mechanic has been added in the game. This allows for more strategic approach to combat. The enemy will not automatically know you’re in the area like they did in previous Xcom games. This allowed me to sneak up on them and put one or two of my people in overwatch while I took out their commander with my sniper.
Once they realized that I was there it was already to late because my squad was set up in different locations to help flush out the enemy. I’ve only done two missions so far outside of the tutorial, but so far I’m in love with Xcom 2 and it’s already the best game I’ve played this year by far.
Xcom 2 seems to have improved over Enemy Unknown in every way so far. The graphics, gameplay, story, and new features that I’ve discovered so far are all a step up from Enemy Unknown, but keep in mind that I’m only a few hours in.
If you don’t have 1080p when you first start up Xcom 2 just restart the game. It should appear in your options after a fresh restart.