Just seeing this screenshot makes me want to run home, turn on the PC and ignore my kids

Holy shit, there’s new XCOM2 content out there and it’s free

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XCOM2 might just be the most evergreen video game I’ll ever have the pleasure of playing. It never gets old and, honestly, I can see myself sitting down at a laptop ten years from now and blindly rushing into ambushes and getting all my best troops slaughtered. What I’m trying to say is, XCOM2 is really good and I kind of want to marry it. Imagine my shock when, yesterday, I noticed that there was new DLC for XCOM2. NEW DLC! Are you kidding me? I contemplated quitting my day job just to stay home and try it out today but, instead, went to work so I can write posts for Stately Play on the company dime. To quote Bugs Bunny, ain’t I a stinker?

The new XCOM DLC is called the Tactical Legacy Pack and, here’s the best part, is absolutely free. Well, kind of free. It’s bundled with the War of the Chosen expansion pack so, if you’ve already purchased that (and if you haven’t, shame on you) it’s free to download.

Any DLC with the word “pack” in it sounds a bit on the small side. Oh, what am I going to get? Some new items? Costumes? Blech! Not so in this case, however. The Tactical Legacy Pack sounds freaking awesome:

The XCOM 2: War of the Chosen – Tactical Legacy Pack includes a collection of new game modes, maps, weapons, armors, Photobooth options, and more that honors the legacy of the XCOM series.


  • Legacy Ops – Command a squad of soldiers through a series of linked consecutive tactical missions:
    • Central’s Archives – Central Officer Bradford, and other key members of XCOM, recount the pivotal operations that led to the rise of the resistance between the events of XCOM:
      • Enemy Unknown and XCOM 2:Blast from the Past – After the fall of XCOM HQ, Central Officer Bradford begins his journey to build the resistance by returning to where it all began.
      • It Came from the Sea – The broadcast of a fledgling radio DJ is reaching an audience he didn’t intend. It’s up to Central to save the DJ from an endless horde of hungry listeners.
      • Avenger Assemble – Join Lily Shen as she works to retrofit the Avenger into a new home for the growing forces of a reinvigorated XCOM.
      • The Lazarus Project – ADVENT is kidnapping key members of the resistance, and it’s up to Central to rescue some of XCOM’s most renowned operatives.
  • Resistance Archives – Engage enemy forces in series of tactical missions increasing in difficulty.
  • Skirmish Mode – Create and play your own custom XCOM tactical missions using the included editor that allows you to modify various settings (map, squad loadouts, objective, enemies, and more.)


  • Engage in battle across 28 new maps remastered from XCOM: Enemy Unknown and XCOM: Enemy Within. These new maps will be featured in Central’s Archives.


  • Equip your soldiers with reimagined versions of the conventional, laser, and plasma weapons, as well as Kevlar, Carapace, and Titan armor from XCOM: Enemy Unknown. Complete Central’s Archives to unlock these new additions for use in the main single player campaign.

There’s also some new outfits to try on not to mention new ways to snap photos of your favorite soldiers in action. I’m a tad less interested (or not interested one bit) in that stuff, but, hey, you be you.

The new content requires both XCOM and War of the Chosen to play and will be free to download through December. After that, it will co…oh, who am I kidding. There’s no one reading this who’s going to wait two months to download this.

If you are one of the few who hasn’t given XCOM 2 a try, it’s free to play today and on sale for under $20 through next Tuesday. Getting XCOM2 for that price is like scoring a hit with your sniper when the game only gives you a 21% chance to hit. Please don’t dawdle and go download this gem.

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  1. Crap. I haven’t bought DLC in literally years on a console. I can see that streak breaking very soon, because I need the DLC to get this and I really, really need this.

  2. I started the Central’s Archives series last night. It’s mandatory Iron Man mode and a score is kept based on how quickly you accomplish tasks and if soldiers are wounded, etc. The first one tells the story of what happens right after XCOM: Enemy Unknown when the aliens destroy the XCOM base and Bradford is out on his own, trying to pick up the pieces. All very cool.

    So, first turn I creep forward under a gas station overhang with Bradford and a heavy while a sniper climbs up onto the top of the overhang. My support then moves forward toward the gas station building itself, stumbling onto a couple of faceless which proceed to charge in and blow up the gas tanks and kill all three of my soldiers by the gas station overhang. I’ve just finished turn 1.

    I will be restarting. I love this game.


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