Saturday, April 27

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XCOM Thingy

You remember how there was that XCOM shooter under development, and how relieved we all were when that faded into the background and we got a new real XCOM strategy game instead?  (Even if I haven't had a chance to play it yet, I was as relieved as anyone.)

Well, it seems the shooter didn't go away, it quietly soldiered on towards a launch this year, and - here's the thing - judging by the trailer, there's a chance, just a chance, that it might not suck.

And even if the game sucks, the trailer was nicely constructed, if a little ponderous.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at 02:17 AM | Comments (11) | Add Comment | Trackbacks (Suck)
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1 But it doesn't actually show any game play. What's the point?

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Saturday, April 27 2013 02:48 AM (+rSRq)

2

I always thought, based on all the info 2K Marin had released about the XCOM shooter (Which is now third person, instead of a FPS, to better manage squad ops.), that it would be a very good game - but it would not be a XCOM game.  I still think that it will be a very good game, but carrying, at the very least, a misleading brand as long as they keep it under XCOM.

(Firaxis XCOM' tactical battle game is also misleading, but in different ways.)

C.T.

Posted by: cxt217 at Saturday, April 27 2013 07:08 AM (v+lXl)

3 Based on this trailer, however, it could just as easily be based on "Redneck Rampage".

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Saturday, April 27 2013 07:22 AM (+rSRq)

4

 The latest trailer does not show much, but the material that 2K Marin had shown earlier (As in, before Firaxis' XCOM game was announced.) looked pretty good.

C.T.

Posted by: cxt217 at Saturday, April 27 2013 09:55 AM (v+lXl)

5 He has a Pip-Boy!

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Saturday, April 27 2013 02:56 PM (PiXy!)

6 I hate to do this, Pixy, but there's recently been a spam incursion upon The Pond.  Four or five in the past day or so.

I really like the trailer, and if the game is anything as drama-making as it, it'll be great stuff.  But it won't be X-COM.

Posted by: Wonderduck at Saturday, April 27 2013 05:05 PM (9jITs)

7 I'm happy with it not being X-COM, as long as it's good.

I'll keep an eye out for your interlopers.  If they reappear, don't delete them, just let me know, and I'll nuke them from orbit adjust the training data for the Bayesian filters.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Saturday, April 27 2013 10:02 PM (PiXy!)

8

By the way, in the original XCOM one of the alien ship types was called a "Harvester" IIRC and it included an operating theater where they were dissecting a cow. (I fell off my chair laughing the first time I saw that. Cattle Mutilators!)

Does the modern XCOM include that visual joke?

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Wednesday, May 01 2013 08:24 AM (+rSRq)

9 Pixy, either you did something that worked, or the spamholes got scared, but I've not seen hide nor hair of 'em since I mentioned it before... either way, keep up the good work!  You're my hero, in a bloggy sort of way.

Posted by: Wonderduck at Wednesday, May 01 2013 11:15 AM (9jITs)

10 Steven - yeah, I remember that.  Don't know if it's in the new version; there's some things you can get away with at 320x200 that you can't at 2560x1600...

Wonderduck - I didn't do anything, but I'll gladly take credit. grin

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Wednesday, May 01 2013 12:19 PM (PiXy!)

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 By the way, in the original XCOM one of the alien ship types was called a "Harvester" IIRC and it included an operating theater where they were dissecting a cow. (I fell off my chair laughing the first time I saw that. Cattle Mutilators!)

Well...The ship is now called an 'Abductor' (Though 'Supply Ships' are sometimes assigned to collecting specimens.).  There is nothing inside the ship - but if you find a landed UFO collecting specimens, you will find mutilated cattles immediately next to the ship, along with pods to store the 'samples'.

C.T.

Posted by: cxt217 at Sunday, May 05 2013 01:44 PM (2hFbi)

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