XCOM 2 descended the big gaming picture in 2016. And since then, there is no stopping to its expansive abilities. There are over 2000 mods up its sleeves based on categories like Gameplay Overhauls, Content, Fixes and Tweaks, Character Customization and a lot more. And, as evident, it is a hot favorite of gamers worldwide, who binge on realistic, immersive gaming.
Among all we know, we’ve hand-picked 12 best XCOM 2 mods for you to try out in 2023. These mods are all about fantastic gameplays, high-ride experience and masterful strategies.
Excited? Let’s know them all below.
Top XCOM 2 Mods Available Right Now
Free Camera Rotation
Only those who plan well have the greatest success margins. This is why, a mod like Free Camera Rotation is at your disposal to get you a preview of your surroundings and help you build a strategy whilst you mark your moves across the interface. XCOM 2 originally doesn’t provide the 360-degree view to see the things and conditions around you. But, as you enter the camera rotation mode, you can pan the camera, assess the conditions and plan your next move with great confidence. Zoom in/out, 45-degree rotations and anytime switch/toggle are other features with this mod.
Maps are essentially the plotlines with XCOM 2. Your battles are staged in unique areas and locations, all procedurally generated, and you get a new one whenever you enter XCOM 2. This mod is just multiplying what’s already available. It adds to the given parcels of information, pieces of content to be specific, to form a whole map that’s a notch above in pace, dynamism and difficulty. The new parcels easily blend with the available ones. And, provide a seamless interface altogether to keep your action going.
Stop Wasting My Time
XCOM 2 can ruffle a few feathers with its unwanted pauses, jerks and dead moments, which often mar the consistency of gaming. Such breaks usually occur when shots are fired, or a cover is looked for. This usually spoils the flow of gaming and clearly annoys. Stop Wasting My Time is your answer to each of those times when you stopped tapping on your keyboard because of a jerk. It works by eliminating the pauses (both combat and non-combat types), speeding the game up (gremlin speed by 150%) and streamlining the interface for an enhanced experience.
For anyone missing out the ‘extra’ in the extraordinary fun, Cheat Mod has a lot to offer. Using this mod, you open a trove of amazing tricks and tips that tweaks the methodologies in the game and makes it easier than ever. It’s like taking the shortcuts less traveled. Cheat Mod can double the damage, boost the flight of grenades, increase the soldier movements and a lot more, which need to be explored.
Since Muton Centurion comes from the same pedigree as the XCOM 2 game itself, it is one of the most sought-after mods. Designed by Long Wars, the mod introduces a new muton in the game, much deadlier, powerful and brutal in force, to crush the enemies. The existing alien is nowhere close to its monstrosity and might. If you’ve a thing for extreme gaming, this mod is certainly for you.
Additional Mission Types
A mod for those who don’t like basic stuff. Using this, you can add many missions to level up your gaming. This is nothing regular. You can create multiple lines of defence, launch guerilla ops, rescue VIPs and offer retaliations. This is something that spices up the plain and dull dynamics of the XCOM gaming.
A mod that’s a bit on the off-side. How? Because it doesn’t boost up your arsenal or make additions to your troop as you go offensive. It provides a medical kit to offer emergency supplies to your troop when wounded and bleeding. This is something really nice, as it emphasis on healing, instead of damaging. And, this mod is all you need when you need an urgent help to stabilize your troop in the middle of a battlefield.
A Better Advent 2
In a mood for head-on gaming? Try A Better Advent 2 – a mod that augments the level of difficulty and takes the battle to ultimate actionable levels. It is basically a twist to game’s overall AI algorithm. Also, you get 60 new enemies to fight against, which are nothing like the ordinary ones. They are smarter, know better combat mechanics and are coming for you with all their might. All in all, it improves the quality of the gameplay and keeps you on the edge.
XCOM 2 provides terrific gaming in various different countries. However, they all get over when you are through the gaming levels. New Countries is a mod that expands on the same. It makes your troop more diversified with soldier additions of over 21 nationalities. The latest update to the mod has added 5 countries, which include Slovakia, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Hungary and Czech Republic.
Long War Alien Pack
Your enemies are multiplied and get stronger with this mod, so much so that you will have to put more resources to target these death-dealing elements of the game. You are introduced to a new line of enemies, including sharpshooters, Muton Centurions, ADVENT rocketeers and more, which have no better focus but to eliminate you with whatever best they’ve. If you’ve the confidence to trump these enemies, you can try Long War Alien Pack mod.
This mod adds multiplayer component to the XCOM gaming. Collaborate with your friends and double your killing formula. You can also suffer the dice roll with a friend. Since the mod is created by the official developers only, it is bound to deliver the classiest of gaming action. There are a couple of instructions that you need to follow to activate the mod and the whole process might take some time. The work is on to expand its capabilities as a 12-player mod.
If you’re dead serious about realistic action, Panic is the best XCOM mod for you. This mod just makes the soldiers a bit smart and sensible on the ground zero, and makes them take decisive decisions in the face of fire. They don’t run like madmen to escape the attack, but fight like warriors. When they act with agility, you’re no more into dumb and self-caressing gaming, and you respond with better plans and strategies to triumph over them.
Show Me The Skills
This mod basically streamlines the entire XCOM interface for you; make-s stuff a bit organized and quick to access. Generally, it’s always a huge task to find the required information or skill on XCOM. Show Me the Skills mod lay out things in the clear out from the jumble, and the menu where you can find them all is the Squad Selection Menu.
Installing XCOM 2 Mods in Quick Steps
In a first, create a folder and name it ‘Mods’. This will give you clarity where to find mods when you need one.
Then, go to Steam >> Steamapps >> Common >> XCOM 2 >> XComGame. Once you’ve downloaded the selected mods, organize them into the folder you’ve created above. Now, use whichever to want.
That’s a wrap, folks! This is our list of best XCOM 2 mods to try in 2023. However, this is not where the list ends. You’ve various other mods, such as Evac All (troop evacuation mod), True Concealment (battle timing adjusting mod), Guerilla War (gameplay changing mod) and ACORG-47 (guns replaced with corgis) to try out. These are all very interesting to experience and add a new dimension to the XCOM gaming.
If you’ve tried a different mod with XCOM 2, let us know in the comments section below. And, we will mention it here. For feedback, suggestions and queries, keep us posted.