XCOM 2 Shen’s Last Gift – Review
Xcom 2 has been out for just over five months now and the sheer number of mods available for free, is rather impressive. Some mods have been average at best but there are those rare occasions when a creator designs mods which are on par of that from Firaxis.
The only problem with mods, are the fact that they do not add any narrative aspects to the game. The latest DLC for Xcom 2, Shen’s Last Gift, thankfully adds to the overall story of Xcom 2 and adds a whole new super-heavy soldier class.
Much like the cyborg units form Xcom Enemy Within, these Spark units allows for a variety of unlockable abilities which serves as mobile cover for your squad and can inflict some serious damage to the enemies. They wield heavy weapons, leap effortlessly up buildings and they’re immune to poison, fire and the Viper’s binds.
These Sparks are expensive and timely to manufacture but they’re very powerful on the battlefield. They do have their flaws however, as they cannot take cover and if they do take damage, only one Spark can be repaired at a time which takes longer than the normal soldier to recover so it would be unwise to have a squad of Sparks.
The story missions, which allows you to manufacture Spark units, are unique to Xcom 2 in such a way that there are three stages with a boss battle at the end. It was by no means an easy mission but it’s led by the playable Chief Engineer Lili Shen and it provides some details as to what happened with some characters from the previous Xcom games.
With the added narrative, new weapons and a brand new soldier, Xcom 2 Shen’s Last Gift is definitely worth purchasing at the full price. If you have all the current DLC of Xcom 2 installed, the early hours of the game might feel a bit crowded but luckily you can put off those missions until you feel ready to face them.