XCOM 2: War of the Chosen

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XCOM 2: War of the Chosen is ranked in the 98th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 35 critic reviews
Mighty Man

OpenCritic Rating

88

Top Critic Average

93%

Critics Recommend

Based on 35 critic reviews

Score Distribution

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ACG
Buy
ACG

Top Critic

Buy
Aug 24, 2017
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GameCloud
Yes
Yes
Sep 19, 2017

At the end of the day, XCOM is not a game that’s meant to allow the player to feel powerful. It’s a struggle, you’re always supposed to feel like you’re on the back foot even when things are going well, and at best you merely survive to fight another day. XCOM 2: War of the Chosen remains faithful to this idea by curating its content to be an extra layer on what’s already present; a new challenge added into the mix for veteran (or masochistic) players. There’s an enormous amount of content that enhances the game overall, as opposed to being an exceptional footnote at the end of a separately good game, which makes this the best kind of expansion. I feel like the Chosen were handled poorly narratively, starting out strong before fizzling into nothing, but that isn’t a complete deal breaker. That said, more than a year after release, the game still has a lot of problems with visual and technical bugs, which is disappointing considering WOTC is their third major expansion. If you’re a fan of XCOM 2, you’ll want to give this a crack, and any who were sitting on the fence about whether or not to play should consider this expansion a green light.

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Eurogamer
Recommended
Recommended
Aug 24, 2017

War of the Chosen is a generous expansion that's bustling with brilliant new systems that's a must for anyone who's completed XCOM 2.

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Polygon
Unscored
Unscored
Aug 24, 2017

In XCOM 2: War of the Chosen, fighting a losing battle might be just as much fun as fighting and winning.

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Kotaku
Unscored
Unscored
Aug 29, 2017

I'm far more invested in War of the Chosen than I was XCOM 2, and I thought XCOM 2 was fantastic.

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VG247
Unscored
Unscored
Sep 1, 2017

XCOM, you got me yet again.

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Ars Technica
Unscored
Unscored
Sep 6, 2017

War of the Chosen is the definitive way to play XCOM 2. Even if you weren't impressed with the original package, this feels like a whole new game. Buy it.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Aug 24, 2017

'DLC' desperately undersells War Of The Chosen, this fat and bursting sausage of turn-based splendour. I think I might have found 'XCOM 3' a mite more appropriate.

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Player2.net.au
Unscored
Unscored
Sep 17, 2017

War of the Chosen takes the already great Xcom 2 and shoots it into the next level. With improvements across the board it is a must buy for anyone who doesn’t mind missing a 90% shot.

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Scored Reviews

Metro GameCentral
10 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

10 / 10
Sep 13, 2017

An exceptionally good expansion that adds in a mountain of new content that specifically addresses the few flaws there were with the original.

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Digital Trends
Sep 1, 2017

'XCOM 2: War of the Chosen' somehow makes one of our favorite games of 2016 even better.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Aug 28, 2017

War of the Chosen is an incredibly compelling reason to return to XCOM 2.  Adding both depth in strategy and new content for the game.  Anyone who enjoyed XCOM 2 will most certainly enjoy this excellent expansion.

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LevelUp
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Sep 8, 2017

XCOM 2: War of the Chosen is the very definition of an expansion pack properly delivered. This new installment, seamlessly adds tons of new content on top of the base game, elevating and intensifying the core experience.

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Game Informer
9.3 / 10.0
9.3 / 10.0
Aug 24, 2017

Overpowered aliens and a run of bad luck can test your resolve, but there is almost always a way out of every jam thanks to XCOM's layered strategy

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GameSpot
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 2, 2017

Building upon the sturdy foundation laid out by XCOM 2, War of the Chosen sets a high mark for an already exceptional sci-fi strategy series.

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IGN Italy
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 4, 2017

An old-school expansion pack, improving the game all-around in ways no simple DLC could have achieved. XCOM 2 was great to begin with, and the new content brings it straight to the Olympus of turn-based strategy games.

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Game Rant
Sep 6, 2017

XCOM 2: War of the Chosen introduces seemingly countless new gameplay additions and changes for the deep tactical strategy game - but do the pieces all fit together?

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PlayStation Universe
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 22, 2017

War of the Chosen overhauls the already fabulous XCOM 2 and turns it into absolutely essential fare. The introduction of the Chosen, the soldier bonding system, and the photobooth mode, are perfect additions in that they amplify the base game's best qualities. It's just a shame the shine is dulled ever so slightly by a bunch of needless technical issues.

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Twinfinite
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Aug 28, 2017

XCOM 2: War of the Chosen is definitely not for newcomers to the series. I highly advise you to start with just the base game if you're intrigued at all by XCOM or the strategy genre because this adds so much more on top of the already difficult game that it might turn you off completely.

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RPG Fan
90%
90%
Sep 20, 2017

XCOM 2 War of the Chosen is a spectacular experience where every victory feels earned and the threat to your soldiers feels all too real.

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Spaziogames
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 12, 2017

Bigger, better and badass: this is XCOM 2: War of the Chosen, with tons of new contents, foes and units.

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Digiato
90 / 100
Digiato
Shayan Karami

Top Critic

90 / 100
Sep 10, 2017

XCOM 2: War of the Chosen has successfully modernized the classics of its genre and could attract new audiences. So if you have some free time in your daily routine and look for a new title, this game is an attractive option.

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Hu3br
Aug 25, 2017

While the strategy layer remains mostly the same, the variety in classes and tactics makes War of the Chosen a worthy XCOM 2 expansion.

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GameSpace
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 6, 2017

For those new to the XCOM series, I would definitely recommend including War of the Chosen with your first play through of XCOM 2 as it deepens the total experience and breaks up any monotony that was in the vanilla version. I have about another 30 hours until I manage to beat the expansion, but I know that when I do I’ll immediately start up a new game to experience it all over again.

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VGProfessional
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 20, 2017

XCOM 2: War of the Chosen is such a large expansion that it feels almost like a game of its own. If adding a little more than 10-15 hours of game time, new settings, enemies, missions and allies, it's the little improvements done to the core that makes this a true strategy delight for XCOM fans.

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IGN
8.8 / 10.0
Dan Stapleton

Top Critic

8.8 / 10.0
Aug 24, 2017

War of the Chosen is a wide and deep expansion for XCOM 2 that improves variety in mission objectives, tactical options, threats, and strategic map activities. The Chosen are worthy adversaries who advance along with you to put up great fights without feeling cheap, and the new elite soldier classes add opportunities for interesting gameplay earlier in the campaign. Some significant balance issues show up, but especially for the first two-thirds of a campaign War of the Chosen restores the fear of the unknown to a game I know well.

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IGN Spain
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Aug 24, 2017

War of the Chosen is a nice way to retourn to the Avenger and fight those aliens. The new content is good and the whole game feels like new.

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Player.One
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 5, 2017

XCOM 2: War Of The Chosen adds new enemies, new stories, new soldiers and lots more without upsetting the well-balanced combat that makes XCOM, XCOM.

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Nexus
8.4 / 10.0
8.4 / 10.0
Oct 4, 2017

The music is great and the new voice work, although often campy, keeps the Chosen hovering somewhere between menacing and humorous, providing some much needed levity.

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PC Gamer
80 / 100
80 / 100
Aug 29, 2017

The new classes and super villains are excellent, even if the expansion bloats the campaign a little.

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Gameplanet
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 25, 2017

War for the Chosen adds a huge amount of content and a number of new mechanics to an already brimming game. It's a generous package that ought to please and frustrate (in a good way!) XCOM devotees.

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Gameblog
8 / 10
8 / 10
Aug 31, 2017

A little more than 15 hours of gameplay, new environments, new enemies, new missions, new allies, improvements on many levels ... This is how to quickly describe this DLC called War of the Chosen. Despite its high price (39.99 euros) it's an excellent DLC that most fans have to play.

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PCGamesN
8 / 10
8 / 10
Aug 9, 2017

In its new expansion, XCOM 2 makes people of its soldiers and turns its aliens into personalities. It cares about the individual. But that's only so you feel the loss of your bonds more keenly, and hate the enemy more personally. In War of the Chosen, Firaxis are being kind to be cruel.

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Cubed3
8 / 10
Cubed3
Eric

Top Critic

8 / 10
Sep 18, 2017

The price and the RPG elements might be a turn off for some players, but it goes a long way to establish a feeling of it actually being post-apocalypse in theme. The new factions and skills breathe new life into the game, and the various new battle objectives are fresh. It completely changes the base game while not straying from its fundamentals, for those that liked the core title and are not put off by some 'anime RPG' aspects this will be an easy recommendation to pick up.

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TechRaptor
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 18, 2017

War of the Chosen adds a significant amount of content to XCOM 2, enough to make it feel like a whole new game. It's exciting to see your soldiers grow and fight new enemies that are simultaneously growing and fighting your soldiers. New enemies, new game mechanics, new troops, and new ways of making sure the aliens get off your planet.

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