We looked at the original board game XCOM earlier in the week, so check it out!
Hello, Commander. The war continues – at great cost. We now believe another force is at work against us. If not dealt with swiftly, it could destroy us…
Fortunately, your team has also made some advances since the war began. The discovery of the mysterious alien substance known as Meld promises to unlock some astonishing breakthroughs in the field of biomechanics. And XCOM: Evolution allows you to pursue some of these advances, potentially bringing formidable new weaponry to the field in the form of MEC Troopers!
firstly lets look at those lovely models... these are the MEC troopers, big heavily armoured additions to your squad. You cant recruit them straight away though, they need to be unlocked via the chief scientist and the cybernetics lab. They can never become elite, but they do hit hard and give us some more options to defend the world from the alien menace.
Along with new gear, you also get new Aliens to test them out on, including the scary Mechtoid, so be sure you get your troops up to speed, but then don't spend all your funds on troops, or science wont be able to research, but then you wont have money for interceptors or or... the list goes on, every new choice is a hard choice for keeping the budget going.
There are going to be new crisis cards too... and they are never fun, but again it provides something fresh to come up against, and some use the new dangerous mechanic found in this set.
Lastly we get destruction cards... these are not fun... (well they are its a great game, but these ae brutal) They represent facilities and equipment that are threatened by the invading alien masses, and you can see you get a choice, remove things.. or pay up..... so you best make sure there is some cash laying around in case of these.
For a little box, it really adds a lot of game, to an already fairly big game. Its great, I love the new options, and the ability to just "plug and play" them with the app, you can original if you are newer or want a more gentle game, or go full hardcore, with a mission in this called Annihilation which is as hard as it sounds, but like all the missions in the game, its incredibly satisfying if you can work together and win, and its the kind of game that will provide you with stories to chat about for a long time after as well.
With an RRP of £23.99 so head on over to your local game store and grab yourself a pack.
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