The lights are on
As someone who hasn't owned a gaming-worthy PC for the
better part of a decade, I guess I can safely be called a console gamer. While
I don't miss the hassle of installing and configuring games or playing them at
my desk with a keyboard and mouse, PC games still offer some gameplay features I
wish I could get on a console. That's why I'm excited for XCOM; not only is it
a new installment in the revered PC strategy series by the equally revered
developer Firaxis, but it's coming to consoles as well. Here are the aspects of
XCOM that I'm looking forward to.
A Welcome Dose Of StrategyAs a console gamer, the vast majority of my game time is
devoted to shooting things. I love explosive action as much as the next player,
but sometimes I want to flex that gray lump of matter between my ears.
XCOM: Enemy Unknown may star an unending supply of alien-blasting
soldiers, but it's still a strategy game – something we don't see a lot of on
home systems. The turn-based tactical action is still a novel and appealing
game format to me, and I'm looking forward to XCOM's base-building and resource
management elements as well.
I still don't understand how shooters haven't added this layer
of decision making to their formulas. Giving Call of Duty players the ability
to decide where to allot their forces and what supplies to equip them with in a
more open-ended theater of war would be awesome. Alas, I don't plan on calling
the shots in a console shooter any time soon, but XCOM should provide the dose
of strategy I'm looking for.
Same Campaign, Different ExperienceThe only thing more disappointing than a short-lived story
campaign is a short-lived story campaign that plays exactly the same should you
try to replay it. While some console games offer players a new game plus mode,
these still pale in comparison to a game structure that pits you against an AI
opponent capable of providing different outcomes and gameplay experiences. Strategy
games are especially appealing in this manner, as they function more like board
games than scripted narratives. The stories may not be as engrossing or feature
as many plot twists, but that's a small price to pay for being tested against
an opponent that makes actual decisions.
This is another game design that's woefully absent in
console games. For instance, what if in the next Saints Row, you actually had
to vie against a rival gang that reacts to you instead of moving down a list of
scripted missions to take over the city? There'd be a lot more incentive to
play the game more than once, and finally bringing down the rival gang boss
would be more rewarding as well.
We still don't know how much replayablility XCOM: Enemy
Uknown offers, and I was disappointed to hear the game doesn't feature randomly
generated maps this time around. However, it should still easily provide more
replayability than the scripted campaigns I'm used to.
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I really hope I can get my hands on this game!!
I'm really looking forward to this, basically for all the reasons listed above.
Could not agree more. Downloaded the PC demo even though it's 6 gigs and took 4 hrs DL through Steam. It was great, gave me two missions that made me completely want more. I believe it was Adam's preview that listed his story of his squad-mates and I loved reading that. This game truly lets you sculpt your own story. Between this and Dishonored, Oct. 9th is going to be amazing.
It looks great, and I enjoyed the demo. However, I can't decide over this or Dishonored.
I am getting it on pc just because steam is just a click away and my pc can handle current gen games. As Jeff Marchiafava said I really hope this game sells well and that shooter fans can pick it up and experience something more than just "head shot- you win" type gameplay.
I remember permadeath is used in the fire emblem series and soldiers give off a sad monologue when they die and disappear forever.
I'm really glad other gamers are psyched for this game too. I hope it sells well!
Its coming out on my birthday too.
While this game does look very interesting, i wont have the time or money to play it. Dishonored is coming out on the same day, and once November rolls around Master Chief and are gonna be spending a lot of quality time together.
Word. Same here. Pre-ordered it months ago.
Taking off tues-thur next week! Gonna be sweet!