Parents' Guide to

XCOM 2

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Deep turn-based strategy game with lots of bloody violence.

Game Windows 2016
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 12+

Not as bad as you think.

I started playing the first Xcom game back in 1995 and I have seen the game mature and grow over so many years. But the level of detail the “Expert” describes Xcom 2 in is total BS. “Bodies being violently thrust backward” like dude, your shooting aliens in a computer game and it’s not even in first person! It’s from about 2/3 of a birds eye view. And it’s nothing a kid would get nightmares about. And it’s not like your in VR busting skulls open. Anyways if you have a kid that is 12-13+ that enjoys a turn based strategy and has played a strategy game like hearts of iron IV and has also played a games with blood like the battlefield franchise then go for it, I have a feeling they would love it.
age 18+

a nightmare video game for T-rated.

I played this game and man is it terrible. It had lots of night-mare/horror creatures in this game. I think this should have been rated M: for horror/violence and bloody deaths. I did not let my son play this game... even when he wanted to so badly.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (8 ):

Though this sequel hews closely to its predecessor, it's the ways it's been subtly changed that make it an even better game. Firaxis has added an enormous variety of new alien types, each with its own abilities that force players to come up with fresh tactics. Maps are now procedural, which means players never know what to expect -- even when playing the game a second time. Plus, players have been given much more liberty to customize the experience, including their soldiers, who can now be made to look very different from each other. And with full support for modding, we can expect a huge variety of player-made modifications and additions coming down the pike.

What's more, it's hard to overstate the change in psychology that comes with working to take back the planet one nation at a time rather than attempting to preserve an existing world order, as was our goal in the first game. Expanding XCOM's area of influence one mission at a time across a global stage is wonderfully gratifying and does a much better job of conveying a sense of progress. Bottom line, XCOM 2 builds upon and adds to an already outstanding turn-based strategy design, resulting in a supremely satisfying game of tactics that will keep players highly engaged all the way to the end credits -- and probably beyond.

Game Details

  • Platform: Windows
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Firaxis
  • Release date: February 5, 2016
  • Genre: Strategy
  • Topics: Space and Aliens
  • ESRB rating: T for Blood, Use of Tobacco, Violence
  • Last updated: November 1, 2019

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