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GF Rating
5.8

399 ratings

Critic & User Reviews

GF Rating
5

Fair

Not like the first one

posted by angilif27 (DENVER, CO) Sep 18, 2013

Member since Apr 2013

The first XCOM had its high points and its low points. Overall, it was a good attempt, a very playable game, and had enjoyment factors to it. This one took a HUGE step back. Don't care about the characters, very unnecessary gameplay, and I think it tried to be a lot like Mass Effect 3.

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GF Rating
7

Good

Good, but lacking in some aspects

posted by Magicman88 (CANOGA PARK, CA) Sep 4, 2013

Member since Dec 2012

Its fun, just feels too linear and has clunky controls at times.

Entertaining game just feels like it needed a heaping helping of details to make it great.

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GF Rating
6

Above Average

Sometimes fun...Sometimes none

posted by StayFrsty7 (TERRE HAUTE, IN) Sep 3, 2013

Member since Aug 2008

This game is mostly fun and worth a rent. The story isn't groundbreaking and the graphics aren't anything special but at times I genuinely had fun playing this game.

The good:
Once you get the combat down some scenarios can be rewarding by tactically maneuvering your team into advantageous positions in order to win a fight.

The class system really lets you customize your party and which abilities you want to take with you into battle.

If you've played the mass effect series then you're already familiar with the battle system. This isn't necessarily a bad thing as it adds a tactical element to combat.

The bad:
The weapons in the game are a little disappointing. Most guns have an "alien" version which uses energy clips (like mass effect) instead of bullets and seem more powerful. Of course there are no detailed description that displays which guns are more powerful than others.

The enemy types are the same basically throughout the entire game. There are a few heavy enemies but outside of that they never introduce anything new other than adding armor or shields (again mass effect).

Summary:
Overall the game seems to lack polish. Just walking around seemed clunky and certain control aspects just seemed odd, like the inability to sprint while in the HQ building. The game can be finished in around 8 hours and will scratch the itch if you don't have much else to play.

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