XCOM: Enemy Unknown - Elite Soldier Pack
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Requires XCOM: Enemy Unknown (base game) to play this DLC.
The Elite Soldier Pack includes a number of new character customization options including a new recruit haircut inspired by the original X-COM: UFO Defense, visual upgrades including the new Hyperion and Reaper soldier armor kits, and a variety of colors and tints for all armor sets.
Useful, but not neccesaryMandemon | July 17, 2014 | See all Mandemon's reviews »
Elite Soldier pack used to be a pre-order bonus, but is now sold separately. So, question is: is it worth it?
Kinda of. While it certain adds nothing mechanically, offers nothing new to the gameplay, the aesthetic changes it brings are something I find myself liking very much. Alternatives decos for armors, colors and such, they really help to build this individualized team.
It also helps in normal gameplay, surprisingly. Since you now have larger color palette to play with, you can color the soldiers so they are easier to recognize. For example, having Support class soldiers white, Assault black, Snapshot Snipers as green and Squadsigh Snipers as yeallow, Demolition Heavies as red and so forth. This helps you to quickly look over the battlefield and asses your forces and where they are.
All in all, if you had no problems with the vanilla XCOM, this DLC adds very little. If you like customizing and want something to better differentiate your soldiers, this DLC is for you. Especially if you can get it on sale.
Helps make the game more your owntaigatsu | Feb. 4, 2014 | See all taigatsu's reviews »
Perhaps it seems silly to spend a bit of money just so you can play dress up with your troops in XCOM, but being able to further customize the appearance of your soldiers really helps you personally invest in them. In a game where you'll be leading a small platoon of operatives and guiding them as they develop, cheering with each success and lamenting every loss, that kind of involvement goes a long way. You can easily play through the entire game without ever having to worry about how your units look, but it's surprisingly enjoyable to spend a bit of time giving everyone a bit more personality and individuality.
Useful and fun but a bit expensiveindinellow | Aug. 19, 2013 | See all indinellow's reviews »
The DLC makes it easier to color code your classes or to make your soldiers more personal, to give them that special something. But it is also a bit expensive for armor paint jobs and helmets. I personaly love it since I love this kind of stuff, being able to customize evrey soldier exactly how I want to. For example making the armor color of the guy who always misses pink. For people like me this is just pure awesome, but it is definitely only for those who take a special interest in their soldiers appearance, and so most of the other people can just ignore the DLC since it doesn't give new content or missions.
A bit over priced.ShadowViper0010 | Aug. 17, 2013 | See all ShadowViper0010's reviews »
While it is over priced and doesn't actually effect gameplay, if you enjoy the game and get that weird attachment to certain soldiers, and want to support the developers, it's worth it. You get to add that little bit of awesome to the way a soldier looks and get that much more attached to him/her, and be that little bit more sad when he/she dies. Sure, the $5 price tag is a little expensive for something like this. But, if you still enjoy playing the game, and you want to throw the devs some cash, then this is the way to go.
Not Worthlesschivshiv | March 3, 2013 | See all chivshiv's reviews »
For basically the price of a coffee and muffin you get a nice customization package. Is it necessary? No. Does it add to the game? Yes, giving your squads more personality is fun and adds to immersion.
For the record I didn't find the description misleading: 1)One of your new recruits when you start the game will have the old flattop hair cut. No where do they say you'll start with an extra recruit. All recruits are "new" at the start. 2)No where do they state you'll get new armors to research/build. Only visual upgrades...like they said. 3)You some extra colors. No more, no less...like they said.
Also FYI, there's a great texture mod over at the XCOM Nexus.
It gives the soldiers a more realistic look, and its free :-) PC only though