ByKen McDonnell, writer at
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Ken McDonnell

I haven't stopped saying it since I got the chance to review XCOM 2 before its release and I won't stop saying it now: this is game of the year. Firaxis has refined everything that's wonderful about the XCOM name and created a masterpiece of strategy that is bound to compel even the most avid hater of strategy games to invest tens of hours into this remarkable work.

The game is not without its bugs and performance issues, but once they're all addressed, XCOM 2 will stand as an example of gaming perfection. And as if the game wasn't good enough on its own, players have been able to create mods for it since day one. These mods enrich the experience of playing XCOM 2 and I'm here to highlight the best of the best.

XCOM 2 - The Best Mods For An Astounding Video Game


WHERE TO EVEN BEGIN? Well, seeing as we want our soldiers to arrive on the battlefield looking their very best, why don't we start with some customization options for our dear guys and galls in arms?

Character Badassery

  • Star Wars Helmets - As we all faun over the wonderful presence of [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](tag:711158)'s John Boyega and Daisy Ridley in our lives, we think that stormtrooper helmets in XCOM 2 are a great way to celebrate the Star Wars legacy.
  • Advent Armor - Ever looked at the Advent troop's armor and thought, 'Dayum! I want me one of those." Well, this mod let's your team dress up like your enemies. Aww yeah.
  • Accessorize - Looking for more options for your team when it comes to headgear? This mod will let you deck them out in some noggin-based accessories that look pretty damn fine.
  • Face Paint - Looking to celebrate the memory of David Bowie in XCOM 2? Well this mod allows you to include tons of custom face paint options for your team, including the 'Bowie' and 'Braveheart' looks.
Looking good.
Looking good.

New Voices

  • Bob Ross - Want your character to look and sound like Bob Ross on the battlefield as he lovingly takes out enemies while saying stuff like, "Let's build a happy little cloud," and "We don't make mistakes, we have happy accidents"? Well, now you can!
  • Deadpool - Seeing as everyone is obsessing over Deadpool right now, it seems only logical that he would arrive in XCOM 2. This mod allows your soldiers to shout stuff like “Guns need bullets to work” while reloading. Oh, Deadpool.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger - 186 quotes from Arnie in XCOM 2. Need I say more?
  • Gaming & Movie Voices - Want the voices of other gaming characters and more movies? Here's Venom Snake and Quiet, here's Shepard from Mass Effect, here's Darth Vader, here's Gordon Freeman's mind, and here's Duke Nukem.
Hasta la vista, baby.
Hasta la vista, baby.

Fixes & Improvements

  • Stop Wasting My Time - Are you frustrated by that strange delay that XCOM 2 has between you telling a character to do something and them actually doing it? Well this mod cuts that time out completely, thus rendering combat that little bit more cinematic.
  • Born Free - This mod allows you to take complete control over the camera in XCOM 2. You'll be able to freely rotate the camera using the Q and E keys, zoom with the T and G keys, and freely move the camera around with your mouse. Nice touch.
  • True Concealment - Does the countdown timer stress you out? Do you feel too much pressure when a mission has a limited amount of moves left? Well this mod pauses that countdown timer as long as you're concealed at the start of the mission. Once you fire on an enemy, the countdown begins.
  • Centurion - Is the game too easy for you? Are you looking for a tougher enemy to face? Then the Centurion is for you. This is an official mod for XCOM 2 that introduces a tougher version of the Muton, and he has a War Cry that provides a buff to his alien pals. He's great fun...
  • Extra Weapon Upgrade - This one does what it says on the can and introduces a mod that allows an additional slot for extra weapon upgrades. Your team will be quite the formidable force.

Want Some Cheats?


In order to use any of these XCOM 2 cheats, you'll first of all need to change the launch options for the game. To do this, go to your Steam Library, locate the game, then right-click on XCOM 2 and select Properties. From here, look for the little button marked "Set Launch Options." Click it, then copy and paste the following in:

-allowconsole -log -autodebug

Next, load up a game and hit the tilde key, which looks a bit like one of these: ~

From here, simply enter any of the codes included with this guide, and enjoy cheating your way to victory. (Thanks, Eurogamer!)


Here's how you can build some facilities: BuildFacility AdvancedWarfareCenter # - BuildFacility OfficerTrainingSchool # - BuildFacility PowerRelay # - BuildFacility ProvingGround # - BuildFacility PsiChamber # - BuildFacility ResistanceComms # - BuildFacility ShadowChamber # - BuildFacility UFODefense # - BuildFacility Workshop #

Here's how you fill them with personnel: GiveScientist # - GiveEngineer #

Here's how to assign a solider class: MakeSoldierAClass "SOLDIER NAME" Grenadier - MakeSoldierAClass "SOLDIER NAME" PsiOperative - MakeSoldierAClass "SOLDIER NAME" Rookie - MakeSoldierAClass "SOLDIER NAME" Ranger - MakeSoldierAClass "SOLDIER NAME" Sharpshooter - MakeSoldierAClass "SOLDIER NAME" Specialist


These can make fighting easier:

  • ForceCritHits - Crits for everyone! - including the enemy AI...
  • GiveActionPoints # - Adds # number of Action Points to the selected unit.
  • LevelUpBarracks # - Just add the number you wish to level up all the Soldiers in the Barracks by.
  • PowerUp - No damage taken and no weapon reload.
  • RemoveFortress Doom # - Remove # number of blocks from the Avatar Project status bar.
  • RestartLevel - Start the mission again from the very beginning.
  • TakeNoDamage - No damage taken.
  • Togglefow - Enables / disables mission fog of war.
  • ToggleSquadConcealment - Conceals / reveals your squad.
  • ToggleUnlimitedActions - Grants infinite Action Points to you and your enemy - disable before ending your turn.
  • ToggleUnlimitedAmmo - Grants infinite ammo to you and your enemy - disable before ending your turn.
  • WhoseTurnIsItAnyway - Enter at the start of a turn for unlimited moves.

Enjoy the game of the year, everyone!

Sources: Eurogamer - PC Gamer - XCOM 2 Nexus


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