More Reviews
REVIEWS Slender: The Arrival Review
Few games can offer genuine scares in the horror genre. Can Slender: The Arrival prove otherwise and it can offer more?

Pillars of Eternity Review
Obsidian Entertainment creates a retro Infinity Engine RPG funded by Kickstarter. Is it as good as previous Infinity Engine games, or does the novelty quickly wear off?
More Previews
PREVIEWS Dirty Bomb Preview
Looking for a more competitive, challenging online FPS multiplayer game? Splash Damage is introducing just that by dropping a Dirty Bomb on the free-to-play game market.
Release Dates
NEW RELEASES Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones
Release date: 04/01/15

Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin
Release date: 04/07/15


LATEST FEATURES 6 Helpful Tips for Pillars of Eternity
Simply put, Pillars of Eternity can become maddening if players aren't careful.

Top 10 Active Video Game Kickstarter Campaigns
There are lots of indie projects going on right now, so we did the dirty work for you and found the best.
MOST POPULAR FEATURES Top 50 Pokémon of All Time
Can you believe there are now six generations of Pokémon? Six!! That's a crazy amount of different creatures to collect. But which are the cream of the crop? Don't worry, Magikarp isn't actually one of them.

LEADERBOARD
Read More Member Blogs
FEATURED VOXPOP shandog137
The perils of the Hype Train…
By shandog137
Posted on 03/09/15
The recent release of Evolve and The Order 1886 really got me to thinking about the disparity between the perspective of sales-driven publishers and the quality-driven purchases of consumers. The “Hype Train” is nothing new, but the way it is utilized has been creating far more...

XCOM: Enemy Unknown Preview

blake_peterson By:
Blake_Peterson
06/09/12
PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION
EMAIL TO A FRIEND
GENRE Strategy 
PLAYERS
PUBLISHER 2K Games 
DEVELOPER Firaxis Games 
RELEASE DATE Out Now
M Contains Blood and Gore, Strong Language, Violence

What do these ratings mean?

Enemy unknown.. unless, y'know, you played the original games.


X-COM: Enemy Unknown is the game that X-COM fans collectively wished would be made when X-COM first person shooter was announced: a turn-based, tactical squad-based strategy game with deep ties to the X-COM PC legacy. Ironically, a 2K P.R. representative told me that Firaxis' Enemy Unknown had been in development for several years before the FPS X-COM game being developed by 2K Marin was announced. At E3, 2K has been showing the game in a theatrical setting, showcasing the enemies and high-end abilities of the available squad members near the end of the game.



The presentation begins with the careful movement of a tactical squad already in position. Then the enemies are introduced, starting with the nefarious chryssalid, whose one-hit-kill starts the bloodbath that drops a team of five or six down to one in a single turn, and the soldier downed by the chryssalid is turned into one after dying. When the surviving member of the squad calls for evac, control sends in a Reaper Squad, who over the course of the war with the aliens have become more than human.

As a great joke, the Firaxis development team made the Reaper Squad commander Sid Meier, with a detailed character model. The Meier-commander uses mind control to take control of one of the enemy units to force him to drop an armed grenade at his feet, exploding himself. A jet-packed Sniper floats high above the scene to take out one chryssalid, and then with a bonus shot for delivering a critical hit, takes out the second. The final Reaper uses Ghost Armor to make himself invisible, zip up to the top of a building to take out the last alien, a Berserker, finishing the fight. Tit-for-tat, a turn later the enemies have been reduced to nothing by a tight tactical offensive.



The presentation highlighted how the game's turn-based tactical gameplay and careful use of character roles can lead to success, as well as showing off just how cool your squad can become in rising from a lowly band of humans on the run from the invading aliens to hunters themselves.

X-COM: Enemy Unknown looks like a great refocusing of the brand on the series' roots. It's slated to be released on PC, Xbox 360, and PS3 on October 9th, 2012.
Tags:   X-COM, Firaxis, 2K Games
FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER. YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO.

More from the Game Revolution Network




comments powered by Disqus

 


More information about XCOM: Enemy Unknown


More On GameRevolution