X-COM2 Brings Turn-based Strategies Back Big Time
The first thing that pops into mind when you say Turn-based Strategies is Heroes of Might And Magic. This is a game franchise that has certainly made up new rules in the genre and it is so successful, we still regard it as the best of its kind. At least we did until we got our hands on XCOM2.
XCOM2 is the second game in the XCOM universe and it is one of the best games we played in years overall. The story is fantastic and it captures you right from the start. The gameplay is even better and once you start playing, it’s hard to let go. Every single detail was carefully placed and that has resulted in one of the most complete video games in recent years.
The world was invaded by an evil aggressive alien race that wants to enslave human kind and destroy the planet. The first war against them didn’t end as planned. The aliens have stayed on earth and they changed tactics too. They turned the system on us and gained power through politics and mind control.
The Earth Army regrouped in the new HQ and what was once a war becomes a rebellion. You are put in the role of a squad commander on the battlefields and you have to irradiate all aliens from the planet. You will have to improve your gear and base to fight the new types of aliens in the world. Keep in mind that your time is limited and that the world is going to be destroyed if you are not quick enough. The faith of the entire planet rests on your shoulders.
The gameplay has three different important segments. The first one is base construction. This one is very important because you’ll have to constantly upgrade your base to get new abilities and equipment. That often costs a lot of resources, so you’ll probably have to sacrifice something on the way.
The second most important aspect of the game is the loadout. Always make sure your soldiers are prepared for battle. Get them the best armor and weapons you can, but also make sure that they have enough rest after being wounded. Losing your top character in the late stages of the game can mess up everything you did before.
The turn-based strategy aspect of the game is just amazing. Every animation, every map, everything is detailed and makes you really feel like you are really there. Five minutes is enough to captivate almost anyone. You just have to try it.