PLEASE READ THIS DESCRIPTION! — MAJOR SPOILERS IN THIS VIDEO! IF YOU PLAN TO EXPERIENCE XCOM: ENEMY UNKNOWN/WITHIN YOURSELF, TURN OFF THIS VIDEO.

This is a story recap video for my new Long War 2 campaign here at HotTips. Episode 00 allows people who have never been introduced to XCOM to be familiar enough with the story to know what has happened up until the start of XCOM 2. It doesn’t discuss combat/gameplay. It only focuses on what a viewer would need to know to be caught up with XCOM for watching the Long War 2 series.

The playlist for that series is here: www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLsBoF66x4ZmB1tB4K0OscTjpNi1tM33ry

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND, for people who are not familiar with XCOM, to ALSO watch two more videos I have on the channel – which feature the tutorial missions for XCOM 2. I recorded these well over a year ago, when this game was first released. These tutorial missions are not as action packed, BUT, they will show you the basics of the gameplay, and more to the point of why I recommend watching them, they also include key story elements that are NOT featured in the official Episode 1 of the series on my channel – because the Long War 2 mod to overhaul the game, turns off the possibility of playing the tutorial missions.

SO… if you’ve never been introduced to XCOM before and that’s why you’re watching this, you’ll get the most informative look at everything by watching Episode 00 (this video), then XCOM 2 Tutorial Missions part 1 and then part 2. After that, THEN come and watch Episode 1 of the official series playlist. That will give you the best “experience” in terms of the story itself. Below are the links to those, in order:

XCOM 2 Tutorial Part 1: www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCAYPTFxeNw
XCOM 2 Tutorial Part 2: www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFUlgHB42Pk
Long War 2 Series Ep 01: www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKtgcpU5XCo

— If you’ve played XCOM2, or EU/EW before, or you’re already familiar with the story in other ways, you don’t need to watch anything else. Starting with Episode 1 will work perfectly for you.

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Charlie is a media producer day and night, at his company Pryor Media. He's also the founder of HotTips! and loves working with every project with the HotTips name on it, to a passion. He's 29 years young, married with an awesome one-year old son, and absolutely loves gaming and teaching.

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