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XCOM 2 is Out, RIP Social Life

- February 28, 2016 -
10 Minutes Into XCom & Chill and he gives you this look

Are you a fan of getting pulverized by aliens but still having a great time somehow? Well you’re in luck, XCOM 2 just came out! It’s been getting orgasmic reviews and currently sits with a 91 Metacritic score, despite some early adopters experiencing performance issues.

We’ll be creating the world’s best XCOM 2 guide as we spend more time with it, but for now, here’s what you need to know.

The Promise of Replayability

XCOM: Enemy Unknown was a baller ass return for the franchise, but it definitely left some room for improvement. XCOM 2 seems to be focusing more on variety and replayability through more map/scenario combos. Abhishek and I are hoping turns out be true, and I can’t wait to check out what modders will do on the Steam Workshop.

I bet you someone’s working a Thomas the Tank Engine mod already. Choo choo motherfucker.

Long War 2.0?

XCOM’s lifespan and enjoyability was significantly improved with the fan favorite mod called Long War. Long War was downloaded over 500,000 times and the team got hired by Firaxis to make XCOM 2 mods before the game even shipped! I can’t wait to see what those guys are up to with XCOM 2 being a lot more flexible than its predecessor.

xcom 2 screenshot


New Mechanics and Aliens

It’ll be interesting to see how the new looting and carrying mechanics play out. They could be a great addition, or they could suck more shit than those weird “movies” you like so much.

The new aliens look like they’ll mix up the gameplay quite a bit, but we’ll see when we dive deep into it. For now, all we know is that they’ve got styyyyyyle.

Overall, I’m pretty stoked! XCOM: Enemy Unknown is easily one of my favorite turn based strategy games, so I’m expecting a lot out of XCOM 2. Early Steam players have reported performance issues which is extremely frustrating, but I’m guessing Firaxis will have a patch out ASAP (if not already).

Just make sure you can handle the XCOM 2 system requirements.

Windows (minimum)

  • OS: Windows® 7, 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E4700 2.6 GHz or AMD Phenom 9950 Quad Core 2.6 GHz
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 1GB ATI Radeon HD 5770, 1GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 or better
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 45 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card

Mac OS X (minimum)

  • OS: 10.11.2
  • Processor: 2.4 GHz Intel
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA 650ti (1GB) or AMD 5770 (1GB) or Intel Iris Pro or better
  • Storage: 45 GB available space

SteamOS + Linux (minimum)

  • OS: Ubuntu 14.04.2 64-bit or Steam OS
  • Processor: Intel i3-3225 3.3ghz
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA 650 (1GB)
  • Storage: 45 GB available space
    Additional Notes: AMD and Intel GPUs are not supported at time of release. Nvidia requires 352.55 or newer drivers.
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