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What is XCOM Long War? It's not a bad time to find out.

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Long War is a fantastic mod for XCOM: Enemy Unknown/Within and Chris thinks you might want to give it a whirl. Find it here: http://bit.ly/1jREyKK Subscribe to Eurogamer - http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=eurogamer For the latest video game reviews, news and analysis, check out http://www.eurogamer.net and don't forget to follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/eurogamer
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Blicz B (2 months ago)
To think that Firaxis actually added a fatigue feature in XCOM 2: War of the Chosen, but not in the vanilla itself makes me wonder "have they completely forgot about that feature in Long War or have they planned that?"
DARK the noble (3 months ago)
am i the only one that beat xcom 1 on my first try without save scumming
DARK the noble (25 days ago)
i really wish that they remastered xcom 1 instead of rushing out xcom 2 because xcom 2 has a ton of serious bugs that they never fixed.
KonicavaBR (25 days ago)
I did on my second, but had no clue what the game was about. Only the hint that the game was a strategic game like valkyria chronicles.
Ak47 (3 months ago)
should i play this or vanilla
Marchant Mikes (4 months ago)
I'm new to this game and I'm really enjoying it. How do I get these mods everyone is talking about?
Remainder (5 months ago)
I was excited to try it but after actually playing it was is just too tedious for me I would like some lighter mods just a couple of tweaks but this one just overshadowed every other mod everyone else just gave up on making something different.
Ak47 (3 months ago)
Should i start this mod or play vanilla version. New to this sequel
Prey (6 months ago)
This mod is piece of unplayable shit for masochists! Sure, it brings a lot of new essential options and items to the game, but at the same time makes it unplayable by drastically reducing the chances of our soldiers to hit (so despite the increase in the number of units, nothing changes, because the opponents are now much more and are much more dangerous), and from the beginning putting challenges unplayable to the player. Example: I start play with this mod. I finisht first, mandatory mission and I was transferred to the base screen. After doing a few things, I started scanning. The game detected a large UFO in my area that I tried to intercept. result? four lost fighters (each could with stand two hits before it was destroyed) in seven approaches (load game). This mod brings a lot things what should be in vanilla game, becasue are so obvious, and I don't understand why developers don't done. But all of thse good things are nothing in the face of all this rage furygenous stuff.
animejoao (7 months ago)
best review for a game is i doubt that i will ever complete the longwar campaing, that phrase made me play the game.
Ian Hitterdal (10 months ago)
I played it before finishing the base game (having gone through multiple failed campaigns on the fantastic mobile port of Enemy Within), and I still found it approachable, albeit brutally difficult. The mod doesn't fuck around, but it's a very fair and well-balanced experience with ludicrous depth.
Joshua Neal (11 months ago)
will Long War be on PS4. Xcom 2 is one of the best games I've ever played
Anthony Franken (11 months ago)
Big fan of XCOM. In relation to long war, I've seen what you have to do to install this mod, what a nightmare, you'd thought you didn't need a degree in computer sciences to utilize this mod? Press a button and it should do everything for you!
Horatio Nelson (7 months ago)
Anthony Franken The mod was easy to install my dude, what are you talking about?
JonatasAdoM (1 year ago)
*That's* what a mod should be.
Raska The Furry (1 year ago)
That moment when you have your good soldiers in fatigue, so you choose the better of the bad soldiers and train them through missions, to actually become good
yugijak (1 year ago)
Basically Long War manages to take a lot of what was cut from the original X-COM and brings it back. Including the difficulty. I've never finished XCOM, any of them, but I feel right at home with Long War and actually like it more than the basic game because the game gives you a longer play time so you're able to actually get more attached to your campaign and, more importantly, are given room for way more strategy than ever before. The original XCOM was more for the absurdity and customization: the attachment to specific units. Long War is about attachment to the entire campaign.
Mr. Two (1 year ago)
"Something a lot of us would have like to have seen in the original game" -- it was in the *original*, original game game. Total War in a lot of ways is just a return to that first, awesome xcom.
The Freemankiller (1 year ago)
I just bought the game during a sale, but im not sure if i shold install this mod as a newbie. Well, i watched a lets play of it, but, still...
larrisAWSOME (1 year ago)
3:04 Armies or even large guerrilla op groups don't function in that way dumbass, what it is a call back to classic squad rotation, not actual army management.
Swagata Howlader (1 year ago)
should i use this mod in my first playthrough ?
Horatio Nelson (7 months ago)
You should at least play a good half of the original XCOM campaign so you have a handle on the mechanics. Long War is intended for veteran players.
Marcelo Carvalho (1 year ago)
Morgan McPherson (1 year ago)
i saw long war and thought it was a 40k mod lol
Harry Shud (1 year ago)
So another words this is more like the original XCOM. I want a bigger army, I want "more". I can't be growing personal attachments to the troops.
Dave Vd (1 year ago)
3:30 i may have lost a few more of you there. BRO YOU GOT ME i played xcom 1 without mods and didn't knew about it once i finished 2 i will replay 1 with a fuckton of mods. And Long war will be the first ill add.
Wilbur Jenkins (2 years ago)
When your guy gets gravely wounded and he needs 40 days to recover lol
Agent Indiana (1 year ago)
Wilbur Jenkins When its your best infantry.
RedJackOfClubs (2 years ago)
I'm not even an XCom player, but a 150 hour campaign is actually making me more interested in the base game so that I can play this mod
kurt morales (2 years ago)
is there a way to turn it off/on because some times i just want to play the base game
kurt morales (2 years ago)
Thanks man :)
William Tosh (2 years ago)
Make a copy of your XEW folder and rename it to XEW Backup or something then install the mod on the original XEW folder. If you want to switch back to vanilla just rename the folders.
kurt morales (2 years ago)
oh well, i have to prepare myself for long war by beating impossible ironman mode fist
Rok Kralj Koleša (2 years ago)
*shrugs shoulders*
kurt morales (2 years ago)
besides a complete reinstall
Bar_Pirate (2 years ago)
Download confirmed.
WorldWalker128 (2 years ago)
Dang. This makes me wish I had got the PC version instead.
259 (2 years ago)
+WorldWalker128 You can still get it and it goes on sale pretty regularly now. It's also not that resource intensive so you don't have to worry about having some kind of monster PC to play it.
The German (2 years ago)
its so close to xcom 2 is remarkable
aleonard3249 (2 years ago)
+Anelor Galor I'm actually going back to long war. I've put in a bit of time in xcom 2 and I figured out that I HATE TIMERS. So I disabled them and it's much better but I loved the feeling of massive alien threat. When there are only 9 enemies on the map and you have 4-6 guys... well... it kinda left me the feeling of "Wait. You took over the world and you only station 9 aliens around your top secret data?" I do however LOVE the conceal part of xcom 2. LOVE IT.
TheOfficialNar (2 years ago)
I immediately installed this mod without any experience on XCOM. Now I feel like I got fucked so bad and feel so lost. Somebody save me.
Gotou canario (2 years ago)
+TheOfficialNar I get you lol.
TheOfficialNar (2 years ago)
+Gotou canario I'd hardly say I'm enjoying it since it's hella hard lol but winning a tough mission gives me a good feeling.
Gotou canario (2 years ago)
It's probably better to play original first, but if you are enjoying it as it is then don't mind me in the least.
TheOfficialNar (2 years ago)
+HiTechnic Well, I actually did push through on playing with the mod, all I can say is, thank god for a save and reload option hahah. And I tend to take an hour most of the time to complete a single mission. Shit's hard.
HiTechnic (2 years ago)
Don't worry, we all sucked at first :P If u want to get better, I recommend 1.) playing the original game first (EU or EW w/out the mod; preferably EW). It might be hard to get used to after the mod, but as Solomon said, it's like a 20 hr tutorial, so u can learn the basics and mechanics. 2.) You should watch someone who's really good- I would try Beaglerush. He's the foremost streamer of Xcom, and also has multiple YouTube playthroughs. One of the best out there, see what he does, and how it's different than what you do. I know I significantly improved from doing that! 3.) if there's anything else you're wondering about, go to the Xcom subreddit. They're all focusing on Xcom 2 for the most part, but they're usually helpful, and someone will probably help. Good luck- you'll need it :)
David Greene (2 years ago)
so should i finish the original game before installing long war?
Zuzo's corner (1 year ago)
I"M too much of a coward to try classic...i just ugh. whoever says vinilla is easy is a lier.
Kokorocodon (2 years ago)
Beat the game two times at least... Just to know the aliens.
Gotou canario (2 years ago)
To anyone reading this, yes, you'd probably hate Long War if you don't beat vanilla first and aren't too familiar with these kind of games.
WorldWalker128 (2 years ago)
+David Greene I'd recommend beating it at least once.
ReissyBoi (2 years ago)
Downloaded 5 days before the release of Xcom2, I'm definitely not going to be able to finish; the 1st mission was a pain in the ass, 10 sectoids on the dam level with a load of full cover for them, and no room to flank them
Bar_Pirate (2 years ago)
Never give up! Never surrender!
TheTruthx58 (2 years ago)
+ReissyBoi97 It's an uphill battle, don't give up and if you lose a whole squad it's not the end. You're expected to.
Tim Vang (2 years ago)
Long war modders got hired to help make the second game. And I'm here just downloading the long war just now lol.
Swift Nimblefoot (2 years ago)
Relying on a small core troop? I never do that, not even on normal - old 1994 XCOM taught me that. Mind you I never lost a soldier (this is a game where you save regularly) but injuries happen, and you need to have several teams ready to go. Besides, once you levelled someone up to the max, what's the point of going on missions? They need to step back and let the rookies have a shot - maybe 1-2 veterans to help them out but that's all. Not to mention how it makes everything a bigger challenge that way. :)
Ian Christie (2 years ago)
Some of the features in Long War sound like they bring back some of what made the original 1994 X-Com: UFO Defense (Enemy Unknown in UK) so much fun. While you still can't put as many soldiers in a team as you could in the original (I think it was a max of 14 on the skyranger), the countries leaving the organization and alien bases are straight out of the original. Also you had to deal with fatigue, however in the 1994 game you could use a person multiple times but if they didn't get some rest they would be more prone to panic attacks.
855SuperMario (4 months ago)
That's not true at all, you can use your soldiers on all the missions you want as long as they don't get wounded, if they get wounded, then you can't use your soldier from 4 days all the way to 1 month.
ᅚᅚΞNZ (2 years ago)
Someone is a Battlestar Galactica fan...So Say We All...
Victor Gavrilovici (2 years ago)
The first time I played xcom, I found it kinda repetitive and boring. This mod makes the game good, and I cant belive some of this stuff isnt in the vanilla game, its just fucking ESSENTIAL to have the ability to choose more than one (primary) weapon to give to a solider, or to describe the battle area so you know what classes to bring, etc
Victor Gavrilovici (2 years ago)
+Gotou canario True, true
Gotou canario (2 years ago)
+Victor Gavrilovici My only gripe is that there far to many missions, or that they are often too cramped I mean, sometimes I get over 3 ufo crashes in a single day with a 2 day counter on a covert op and then probably an abduction in less than a week, it gets tiring to not progress on any of your research or getting closer to shinier toys after sitting for hours of gameplay. Otherwise it's amazing how much depth Long War adds.
karry299 (2 years ago)
Good to know that even fauXCom can be fixed by modders. For free. To be significantly better in every way. To deliver the experience that should have been delivered out of the box.
Teslin (2 years ago)
I had bought Xcom on the console now I just bought it on the PC just for this mod :)
JJW (2 years ago)
I'm in this! I play one of the Scottish voices that got added back in August. I haven't played it yet but I want to create myself in game and see how long I can keep myself from dying.
Warsrecker (3 years ago)
I was very hyped for long war, but I was rather disapointed about the difficulty. Since this mod is very popular I am aware that this difficulty is possible, but I now started on normal and keep loosing a great deal of my team in the first 3 missions. Aliens landing critical death shots mostly on every 2. shot while having an accuracy rating of under 50% and while my soldier is covered, and I keep missing targets with a accuracy rating of over 80% while they are in clear sight. Am I doing something wrong? That isn´t much of a challenge, but rather just unfair. I was hyped for up to 50 aliens on one map not for "this". My soldiers can die in peace if they could not have done better, but not if they got cheated over. Tell me what I have done wrong please. I´ve now started over for the 20th time, but keep loosing over half of my team on a regular basis no matter what i am doing.
855SuperMario (4 months ago)
That's RNG baby.
Gotou canario (2 years ago)
I think the only annyoing "unfair" thing is that the maps are not designed for 8 soldiers and so many enemies. Some maps you make a blue move and trigger 3 pods, often you can't flank because if you ever step out from your little safe perimeter you have another +4 enemies at your face with their free move and get absolutely flanked instead. Some maps just don't have enough decent cover so it either plays out like a really slow overwatch, AI manipulation crawl or you settle with low cover and probably lose a soldier.
GrNen (2 years ago)
+Warsrecker The game was never supposed to be easy
Blackplant (2 years ago)
+Warsrecker Activate red fog and use grenades. Grenades are the tools of God in Long War, especially flashbang and HE.
Michael Navarro (2 years ago)
+TheLevko1 maybe he activated all the pods thinking it's gonna be okay.... what could go wrong, right? RIGHT?!
Michael Thorton (3 years ago)
this mod sucks hard, because is very hard, and is not for everyone, PS: the story of xcom 2 was we lost the war, and you want me to play long war???????????????????????
Michael Thorton (3 years ago)
yep, lol
ozis ponas (3 years ago)
+Michael Thorton so you are saying this mod sucks because you suck at game and can t handle it ? lol
Sino Deutsch (3 years ago)
best part of Long War by far is the largest army and actually, I found it more personal in that... in EU, you basically had probably 7-8 soldiers you actually leveled and cared about, and another 3-10 that... you basically never knew, or only pretended to care about. Almost like a regular RPG like FF Tactics - big army but you basically just use the same 5-6 people. Long War though you have genuine reasons to care  the most in the same way about your 5 or so best heroes... but you also begin to care about the other 15-20 people too!
thekingof300 (2 years ago)
+Sino Deutsch I made all of my troops stereotypes, it was pretty funny yelling "YOU GOD DAMN REDNECK HOW DID YOU MISS THAT 98% SHOT"
SpyzacFilms (2 years ago)
+Sino Deutsch Then you add the unique name list and bam, no more unreadable names or clones.
MAGAMAN551 (3 years ago)
Best mod Iv played gotta shoot the dev mods some coin.
Junior Jackson (3 years ago)
Great stuff Chris. I miss the xcom and rts videos on videogamer.
smellmycatbro (3 years ago)
Its so worth it I remember playing a terror mission fighting both aliens and exalt at the same time while trying to save civillians...
The1stDukeDroklar (3 years ago)
emmathepony: I Can't reply directly to you for some reason but I have played Long War extensively and would highly recommend playing vanilla xcom first before jumping into Long War. Even on the easiest settings LW is far more difficult than vanilla xcom and frustration may ruin the experience for you.
tekoa (3 years ago)
I have no idea how to download this.... I don't see any buttons to click at all on the nexus website.
emmathepony (3 years ago)
ive never played xcom before but i want to play this mod , should i play some vanilla first or go straight and install this ?
Gotou canario (2 years ago)
As a shitty player who more or less handiliy beat both xcom EU/EW and now xcom 2 and Long War just makes me it's bitch lol.
EX0stasis (2 years ago)
+emmathepony I'd say play with the Long War mod first playthrough with the second wave options that make it easier and shorter.
Xenon (2 years ago)
+SuperKratosgamer can confirm this, I started with LW. However, I kinda enjoyed the challange.
Semideiapranomedecanal (2 years ago)
+emmathepony Play vanilla first, this mod makes the game way harder.
Gordon (3 years ago)
Long War? Gave that up when I ran into the chrysalids with lightning reflexes a,k,a terror incarnate. Shudder. Brilliant mod though.
Gotou canario (2 years ago)
Found out the hard way... I'll just place my Close Quarter Specialist assault here to finish off those lids I couldn't kill or so I thought... nope.
jazy921 (3 years ago)
+G just use "Steady Weapon" instead of Overwatch when your soldier hears chrysalid noise, if you want to deal with Lightning Reflexes
SCPHYsicsGeek (3 years ago)
+G Lightning reflexes is ez to deal I find, just move out of their first movement range and let them close in! But with that said, the true terror perk that chrysalids get that makes this difficult is when they get "Sprinter" (with lightning reflexes of course), then omg... when those 80% shots miss and or don't kill... Well, Hope you've brought your chitin plating kids because here comes chris the chrysalid to poke you!
MaJuV (3 years ago)
Eeeek... I suddenly want to know it, but at the same time I just don't want to encounter it ever as well :-P And yes, I'm trying the mod out myself now. And it sure is challenging. Not the first time I hear about Suppression being good in this version. I'll keep it in mind.
The1stDukeDroklar (3 years ago)
+MaJuV Ha yeah, you should get a load of the chrysalid momma... holy crap. First time I saw it my mouth dropped open. To everyone trying out long war mod... I find suppression on as many soldiers as you can is critical to success in battle. Advance your suppression soldiers first so they can lock down anything they encounter allowing the rest of your squad to safely get into position for shots. It also protects the entire squad from the aliens turn return fire which is usually only at 1%-4% chance to hit while they're suppressed. Don't flank them until your ready for the kill shot or they will try to move out of suppression on their next turn. I find suppressing saucers is superior to disabling shot as they are very unlikely to use their grenade o death while suppressed vs likely to use it if their main gun is disabled. I believe the range limitation on grenades while suppressed is the reason.
Spud (3 years ago)
Battlestar fan perhaps? Lol
Not an Illuminati spy (1 year ago)
No, His brother widow and her 3 bastards kill him.
napoleonic sp007rz (3 years ago)
+Eurogamer how do the gaius baltar look like? does 6 distract him in the middle of battle? :D
Eurogamer (3 years ago)
+Spud Guilty. -Chris
Orzasku (3 years ago)
Long war is awesome, I've been playing it since the EU version and simply cannot go back to vanilla XCOM anymore. Do yourself a favor and start on easiest difficulty though, LW can get incredibly brutal even for experienced players.
David Power (3 years ago)
wow. time to reinstall xcom
mytimetravellingdog (3 years ago)
150 hours? Oh Bratterz...
Jesus Christ Denton (3 years ago)
I found this mod the day before yesterday, I installed it and started her up. Wow is this hard I failed miserably! :D This is one of the best developed mods I have ever played, and I've played loads these days. So glad you made this video, its like you been watching me! :o
dnw009 (3 years ago)
+IM4CH1NE And can you believe there are people that still find long war too easy. Even on normal it's a pain. On impossible with ironman ... your death is inevitable. :P Unless your really goddamn good.
Jesus Christ Denton (3 years ago)
+Eurogamer Me no Sempai! lol
Jesus Christ Denton (3 years ago)
+Man Of Answers Nice advice cheers man.
Man Of Answers (3 years ago)
+IM4CH1NE Hey, my advice for the Long War; focus on rushing the Arc Thrower (I assume you've played XCom:EW). You need to get it up ASAP in order to capture aliens earlier that just simply get too hard later on to get. You can also start getting requests for sectoid bodies which will help your reaserch.
Eurogamer (3 years ago)
+IM4CH1NE Ha, that would be CRAZY! -Chris Your hair looks lovely today, by the way.
Ragna Rock (3 years ago)
added on nexus mods 04/01/2013 Eurogamer, please....
cyanit42 (3 years ago)
+Eurogamer Also I'd like to point out that the Enemy Unknown version of this mod is much older than the one for Enemy Within and wasn't developed further when they switched to EW. The different weapon types, for example, aren't in the old version IIRC. Just so that people don't get confused if they try it out with EU and it's not looking like in the video :)
David Power (3 years ago)
+Ragna Rock do one
Eurogamer (3 years ago)
+Ragna Rock It's still in development, actually. The most recent update being uploaded about four days ago ;) -Chris

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