Posted: October 26
Are you and Anime fan or a whovian? Yes? Well here is the game for you:
Featuring both England AND Japan you can now dress up your soldiers to be kawaii sugoi Doctors w/ guns!
References: Guns(Doctor Who and animes feature guns!), Aliens(Doctor Who and animes feature aliens!) and of course Japan and England.
Jokes aside, XCOM: Enemy Unkwown is the newest sequel in a long line of strategy classics. This time it has been simplified to make it more accessible, or at least that's what everyone says. I can't really confirm that as I haven't played the older titles. Let's see how it holds up to the legacy.
The game looks very good, especially for a strategy game, however with the visual fedelity of both game and the impressive cutscenes we also have some problems due(probably due the Unreal Engine). Textures load terribly slowly even for the Unreal Engine. The frame rate also seems to suffer due to the engine, however I am not sure about that.
Sound design is actually quite good. Music, sounds, voice acting and of course the general composition of those challenges some AAA movies as it reminds of Alien, and other classics.
As already mentioned, gameplay is quite simpe. Now, don't get me wrong XCOM is one of those game that is easy to grasp but you WILL get anal probed trying to master it. As it is a standart TBS you move your soldiers in your turn and get #rekt when the enemies turn comes. You have equipment, a small set of skills and different weapons to fight the ET threat. All quite standart but fan. Maybe you have already guessed but difficulty is kind of a thing in this game. Like in BF3 it's also quite weird. Basicly a "difficult mission" can range from "stomping enemies to the ground" to actually "a bit diffucult", then we have "very difficult missions" that can again range from "this makes me sweat a tiny bit" to "oh my god where do those elite mutons come from?". I would recommend to pick the easy difficulty for unexperienced players, normal for TBS veterans and normal+ for XCOM veterans.
This games biggest problems are it's bugs and the aggro-system.
You have multiple game breaking bugs that can scramble saves, block your turn(good luck if you haven't saved), etc. And also quite a few glitches.
What I mean by "aggro-system" is the moment in-game where you encounter enemies. That can be random, not only will saving at the beginning of a mission not mean that the enemies come from the same directions(which can be both good and bad), some times you will just be overwhelmed by enemies that throw themselves at you from nowhere.
A fun game when it isn't frustrating as hell. Play this if you are a fan of the originals and want a lighter version, or if you want to get into the genre. I would say that it takes some influence from Starcraft 2, so maybe if you like a combination of SC2s style and a TBS with a faster pacing in a "Battleground: Earth" atmosphere then buy this.