Take the fight back to the xenos in XCOM 2 this November

It’s been 20 years since the alien invasion, and things have not gone well. What was once a violent, invading force has infiltrated the government to become a much more insidious, dystopian regime. Humanity needs your help again, commander. XCOM 2, a full sequel to Firaxis’ extraordinary 2012 reboot of the classic turn-based strategy series, comes to PC this November.

2K recently teased us with a cryptic website for the Advent Administration, a government promising better, more secure living through technology, with a strong whiff of dystopia. Apparently the alien invasion from the previous game was a success, and now XCOM is relegated to rogue status. The roles have been reversed from the previous game, with XCOM now as the invading force, secretly staging guerrilla operations out of a flying air base just like SHIELD/Hydra‘s, while trying to manage limited resources and evade alien detection.

The reveal trailer, shared by IGN, does not contain any actual gameplay yet, but does offer a tantalizing taste of what’s to come. There’s a flying drone that knocks out a power-suited enemy with an electromagnetic pulse, a snake alien, and even a ninja-looking fellow on your team with a sword on his back. The battle also breaks out in a bustling city center, which is in sharp contrast to the usually abandoned battlegrounds of the previous game. Civilian casualties and collateral damage might become a greater concern with the move to guerrilla, urban warfare.

Jake Solomon, who helmed the previous game, has returned as lead developer. True to Firaxis’ roots, XCOM 2 will come first to PC exclusively, but it will almost certainly follow onto other platforms like consoles and tablets. More details will be shared in the coming weeks, with the big gameplay reveal scheduled for E3. 2012’s XCOM is one of the most critically adored games in recent memory, and a personal favorite, so I am extremely excited to share more details with you as they come out.

Product Review

The powerhouse Alienware 17 R5 will leave your desktop in the dust

With a 17-inch display and a chassis weighing in at nearly 10 pounds, the Alienware 17 R5 is truly massive. Between its weight and its hardware, it’s certainly outfitted like a gaming desktop so let’s find out if it performs like one.

Your PlayStation 4 game library isn't complete without these games

Looking for the best PS4 games out there? Out of the massive crop of titles available, we selected the best you should buy. No matter what your genre of choice may be, there's something here for you.

These are the best Xbox One games out right now

More than four years into its lifespan, Microsoft's latest console is finally coming into its own. From 'Cuphead' to 'Halo 5,' the best Xbox One games offer something for everyone.

The hottest Nintendo Switch games you can get right now

The Nintendo Switch's lineup started off small, but games have steadily released as the console continues through its second year. Here are the best Nintendo Switch games available now, from Super Mario Odyssey to Fortnite.

Annual game releases are boring. Try a quirky indie game for the PS4 instead

While big budget games rely on practical innovation, indie games dive head first into new, unexplored territories. If the quirky and unusual appeal to you, take a look at our list of the best indie games on PS4.

‘Fortnite’ expert ‘Ninja’ is first pro gamer to land ESPN The Magazine cover story

ESPN The Magazine has revealed the cover for its next issue and it will feature none other than Fortnite pro Ninja. Tyler Blevins is the very first pro gamer to earn the honor. The issue will also feature stories on other esports topics.

The gaming stream dries up in China as government cuts access to Twitch

Game livestreaming service Twitch has had both its website and its mobile app removed from access in China. Twitch said the move was made deliberately to block users from using the service.

Close Encounters is among Fortnite's most difficult events. Here's how to win

Fortnite Close Encounters is the latest limited time mode to join Battle Royale. This mode revolves around only having jetpacks and shotguns on the map, which can make things tricky. Here are some tips on how to win this mode.

Immerse yourself in a new universe with these incredible PSVR games

The PSVR has surpassed expectations and along with it comes an incredible catalog of games. There's plenty of amazing experiences to be had so we've put together a list of the best PSVR games available today.

Dive head first into the best experiences available now on the Oculus Rift

The Oculus Rift brought back virtual reality and put a modern twist to it. Grab your Touch Controllers, put on your VR headset, and jump into the fun with some of the best Oculus Rift games available now.

‘Hellboy’ reboot screenwriter could helm animated ‘Diablo’ series on Netflix

Hellboy reboot screenwriter and Boom! Studios founder Andy Cosby has revealed that he's in talks to write and act as showrunner for an animated Diablo series on Netflix. Little else is known about the project.

Get ready for new content: ‘Fortnite’ season 6 cleared for landing on September 27

The sixth season of Fortnite kicks off September 27, Epic Games announced on Twitter. While no details have been revealed, new seasons typically bring big changes to the popular battle royale game.

Spider-Man’s accessibility options, from the people who benefit from them

We spoke with a group of gamers about Marvel's Spider-Man accessibility options and the current state of the industry towards them.

Telltale Games reportedly lays off most employees, cancels multiple games

The Walking Dead developer Telltale Games has reportedly been hit with huge layoffs, resulting in the cancellation of projects. A small team will apparently stick around to finish The Walking Dead.