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XCOM 2 Will Kill Your Friends, and That’s Okay

So, you’ve bought XCOM 2, booted it up, and are about to build yourself a squad. Odds are, just as you did in the first one, you’re going to make them after someone you know in real life. A friend, a sibling, or your spouse even. If you played Enemy Unknown, you can be sure of two things: they’re going to rise through the ranks, and they’re more than likely going to die. And that’s okay.

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Much like life, XCOM 2 is a game of chance. One moment, your sniper could be popping off alien heads with their eyes closed, and then suddenly, in an instant, they are now getting swarmed and hacked to pieces in the blink of an eye. While you can control this to some degree, it’s mostly random. When your soldier friend dies, you’re gonna have to tell them. To that end, we’ve come up with some ways you can to break the bad news, like a letter:

“Hey [friend’s name], bad news, dude. You remember how I made you in XCOM 2 as a [class here]? Yeah, about that…you’re dead. I tried, I really tried to keep alive, but it just wasn’t able to happen. You’re dead.”

Or a cake:

 

Or failing that, sing this to them outside their window at 1 in the morning:

But say you’re on the other side of the XCOM 2 coin, that you’re the friend who’s being told they died in battle. You’re going to be going through the five stages of grief.

Denial

Anger

Maybe your friends shouldn’t text you for a few hours…

Bargaining

Depression

Go on and play this. You know you want to.

And finally…acceptance.

Now go out there and smile!

Then boot up XCOM 2, build a soldier after your friend, and LET THEM DIE.

XCOM 2 is out now for PC (Windows, Linux, and Mac).

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