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    Post  Casamyr on Tue Jan 10, 2012 10:44 am

    No not the FPS being released by 2K Marin, this is a remake of the original game by Firaxis.

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    Wasn't there another XCOM game?

    Yes, 2K Marin is developing a previously announced first-person shooter, simply called XCOM. That game was originally scheduled to come out last year, but has since been delayed out of 2011.

    How do those games relate to each other?
    The shooter takes place earlier in the fiction, chronicling the aliens' first attacks in the United States. The strategy game we're talking about here deals with the global response to the later full-blown alien invasion of Earth.

    So this is some kind of RTS?

    No, not in the way the term "RTS" typically applies to games like StarCraft. The real-time element of XCOM is confined to the global view, where the player keeps track of known UFOs and abductions going on around the world. Managing research and development at the XCOM organization's secret base can be done at the player's leisure, and all combat is completely turn-based.

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    You switch between real-time and turn-based?
    Yes. When your aerial transport lands at an abduction site, the game switches to a tactical view and you command your squad of personalized soldiers in battle against an unknown alien threat.

    So what do you do in the real-time global view?
    On the strategic layer, players direct research into alien technology, give their engineers and foundries fabrication requests, interact with the nations of the world (who have to be mollified to secure funding for XCOM), intercept airborne UFOs with jet fighters, level up their soldiers and recruit new ones, and dispatch the Skyranger transport to engage alien incursions on the ground.

    Is this a remake of the original?
    Kind of. Re-imagining is probably a better term. Firaxis' XCOM: Enemy Unknown doesn't directly copy the underlying game systems – for instance, soldiers have different stats than they did in the 1994 original – but the concepts are still here. Players still have to manage multiple resources and threats on a global scale in a seemingly hopeless war against extraterrestrial forces with far better technology and capabilities.

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    Is this going to be dumbed down for the "wider console audience"?

    Firaxis is undeniably streamlining aspects of the game and removing no small amount of micromanagement, but from what I've seen I wouldn't call it "dumbing down" the game so much as getting rid of tedium and uninteresting mechanics. Soldiers still die permanently, fog of war and line of sight are hugely important in combat, and you absolutely can lose the game if you screw up too badly.

    Does it look awesome?
    I came away from our visit to Firaxis' studio extremely impressed by XCOM: Enemy Unknown. The project is far from done, but I am personally thrilled at the prospect of playing the final game.


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    Post  bigyin96 on Tue Jan 10, 2012 10:48 am

    I saw some footage of the original game the other week one of my subs on youtube was live streaming but it wasnt for me to be quite hoest but i would like to see the art direction they go with the game and how they bring it upto modern day standards. So hopefully we'll see some kind of gameplay or trailer pretty soon


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    Post  Casamyr on Tue Jan 10, 2012 11:35 pm

    I loved that game when I was younger, didn't care too much about the micromanagement of everythign, but really like teh tactical turn based combat - heaps of choices to be made - do a I make a full move or maybe half and save some action points so my solider can overwatch if an enemy walks into their field of vision and so on. Really, really good game. I might have to start playing it again now. Smile


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    Post  bigyin96 on Tue Jan 10, 2012 11:46 pm

    Im Gunna wait for some proper gameplay footage before i make a decision on the game


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    Post  Casamyr on Tue Mar 06, 2012 10:56 pm

    Cool. I've heard rumours that this will be PC only, but I'm really hoping those are untrue, because XCOM is a great game and looks pretty awesome.


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    Post  bigyin96 on Wed Mar 07, 2012 12:09 am

    Its going to be across all 3 platforms pc, xbox and ps3 so dont worry cas Razz


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    Post  Casamyr on Wed Mar 07, 2012 12:24 am

    Thank god for that. I Loved, and still play the original XCOM today. The one feature I hope they still keep in regards to Time Units was the ability to overwatch. If you didn't use all your Time Units, you could snap shots off whenever something entered your line of site. It really gave you that huge choice, do I use all my actions to move here, or just move ahead slightly and maybe hit something before it gets me.

    There were jsut soo many options.


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    Post  PhilipOmnis on Wed Mar 07, 2012 2:53 am

    I still couldn't manage to get the emulator to work for the originals, quite disappointed. I tried a couple of help forums but nowt so far. That looks like a good trailer and I do hope it's cross-platform, you got the sources to confirm it? =P
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    Post  azeg1 on Wed Mar 07, 2012 3:08 am

    can't wait!
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    Post  Casamyr on Wed Mar 07, 2012 4:11 am

    @Phil. Try Dosbox rather than an emulator. Works a treat. That's what I use for playing old games like XCOM, Syndicate, Eye of the Beholder etc.


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