Sell me on this game ...

#1 Posted by feliciano182 (100 posts) -

Hello everyone, now, I don't want to sound rude, I only ask for legitimate opinions as to why I should buy XCOM: Enemy Unknown, I've never played turn-based Sci-Fi shooters, and certainly nothing of the caliber of this game, yet I want to buy something for myself early next year, and this might just interest me if I get convinced.

So, why should I buy this game ?

#2 Posted by haffy (673 posts) -

It's pretty good.

#3 Posted by Funkydupe (3293 posts) -

Game of the Year 2012 on Giant Bomb. Read the forums for opinions. Read anywhere. Use google. Fun game.

#4 Posted by Razorlution (180 posts) -

If you are a fan of RTS games or Sci Fi, it deserves a play through. If not, dont bother.

#5 Posted by blackichigo (162 posts) -

No...you get nothing from me.

#6 Posted by IBurningStar (2145 posts) -

Watch the Quick Look.

#7 Posted by Bishna (334 posts) -

@Razorlution said:

If you are a fan of RTS games or Sci Fi, it deserves a play through. If not, dont bother.

I don't know man, XCOM is really something special. I am not sure that it will only appeal to those crowds. Also I hate RTS, but I love turn based strategy.

I would say if you like the premise of repelling an alien invasion with only a handful of good men (and lasers) then you should give XCOM a shot.

#8 Posted by Jimbo (9709 posts) -

It's not great by any means, but it does offer something different to the regular mainstream fare if that's all you usually play. It's the Civ 5 of this genre: worth playing if you're looking to expand your gaming horizons in a relatively comfortable way.

#9 Posted by Spoonman671 (4371 posts) -

Laser rifle.

#10 Posted by Demoskinos (13851 posts) -

Sex with blue aliens. Wait....that was mass effect.

#11 Posted by RedCream (704 posts) -

Giant Bomb's GOTY choices usually don't disappoint. Yeah that's my argument.

#12 Edited by Fredchuckdave (4479 posts) -

Fun game; Worst GoTY of all time possibly but that's more the year's fault than anything else (certainly the buggiest GoTY of all time). FTL is better and still a grueling experience; also costs like 5 bucks instead of 50. I also think FTL's graphics (obviously the soundtrack too) are better than XCOM's.

@Spoonman671: Aw that made me think of a much better game; the original Syndicate. Persuadatron!

#13 Posted by s10129107 (1164 posts) -

Just about all the game of the year coverage describes why you should get XCOM. Every list, every quick look, every podcast. I mean, seriously.

#14 Posted by killacam (1282 posts) -

JUST BUY IT

#15 Posted by procrasturbate (277 posts) -

If you need to be "sold" on the game by now, please don't play.

#16 Posted by TheSouthernDandy (3627 posts) -

It's rad. Like, super rad.

#17 Posted by MiniPato (2657 posts) -

@Razorlution said:

If you are a fan of RTS games or Sci Fi, it deserves a play through. If not, dont bother.

Eh, there's been plenty of cases of people not liking turn based strategy and sci fi and still loving XCOM. And really, who in this day and age who plays games is NOT into sci-fi?

#18 Posted by Joeyoe31 (820 posts) -

@TheSouthernDandy said:

It's rad. Like, super rad.

Someone beat me to it but this. The game is just straight rad dude. Try the demo if you aren't convinced.

#19 Posted by Fredchuckdave (4479 posts) -

This thread has some dreadful responses, nary an effective or well versed argument for XCOM in it.

#20 Posted by MariachiMacabre (6937 posts) -
@MiniPato

@Razorlution said:

If you are a fan of RTS games or Sci Fi, it deserves a play through. If not, dont bother.

Eh, there's been plenty of cases of people not liking turn based strategy and sci fi and still loving XCOM. And really, who in this day and age who plays games is NOT into sci-fi?

I am one of those people. I don't like TBS games and this is my #2 game of the year.
#21 Posted by Jimbo (9709 posts) -

@Fredchuckdave said:

This thread has some dreadful responses, nary an effective or well versed argument for XCOM in it.

I thought "Laser Rifle" was pretty good.

#22 Posted by djames216 (350 posts) -

Aside from the wealth of video coverage (not just here on Giant Bomb but GameSpot and countless others on Youtube and elsewhere) of this game out there, you can also download the demo on steam. That should be more than enough to help you make a decision.

#23 Posted by Pr1mus (3512 posts) -

@feliciano182: For a turn based strategy game it's super accessible and welcoming for newcomers on the lower difficulties and hard enough on the higher difficulties to keep you occupied for a long time. It's never so overwhelming with all sorts of systems piling on top of one another like other more complex strategy games that you never really know for sure what went wrong. If you fuck up in this one it's usually obvious why and how to fix it.

#24 Edited by Fredchuckdave (4479 posts) -

I guess if a link dump constitutes an argument here's one I found interesting (though moreso because of humorous levels of incompetence): http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1bauNEiHIgx1WESAyDdttks2RXQ9l1zA

@Pr1mus: If you fuck up in XCOM and aren't dreadful at the game usually it's because the RNG fucked you, you didn't fuck yourself.

#25 Posted by MariachiMacabre (6937 posts) -

1) It's the most accessible TBS game I can think of.

2) It works beautifully on consoles.

3) The only other game that messed with my emotions as much as The Walking Dead is XCOM. The difference is soldiers dying in XCOM is all your fault. But the highs are spectacular. Making it through a Terror mission with all of your soldiers alive and minimal civilian deaths is a real feat and it feels like you've just accomplished the near-impossible.

4) the overarching meta-game is just as interesting as the combat.

#26 Posted by probablytuna (3443 posts) -

Best advice is to download the demo and try it out for yourself. Though if you're planning to play it on console I don't know if there's a demo for the two.

#27 Posted by bvilleneuve (265 posts) -

The demo will be a good introduction to the gameplay systems, but it doesn't really get into the game itself.

On a very abstract level, XCOM is the best difficult decision generator ever created. You're juggling micro and macro decisions, battlefield sacrifices and long-term strategizing, and it's just incredible. Buy it if you're interested in testing your mettle.

#28 Posted by Slag (3339 posts) -

@feliciano182:

Why should I sell you on this game when lead Designer Jake Solomon pitches his game like none has pitched before?

#29 Posted by Bollard (5025 posts) -

@Funkydupe said:

Game of the Year 2012 on Giant Bomb. Read the forums for opinions. Read anywhere. Use google. Fun game.

Fuuuuuck should've stayed off the forums if I didn't want that spoiled...

#30 Posted by Korolev (1646 posts) -

It depends on what you want out of a game. XCOM: Enemy Unknown is hard and on the higher difficulties, utterly unforgiving. While rewarding, the game also asks you to think very long and hard about what you are doing. It's a game that requires a good amount of caution while playing it. It is also very rewarding, but again, it's makes you work for your reward.

#31 Posted by feliciano182 (100 posts) -

@procrasturbate said:

If you need to be "sold" on the game by now, please don't play.

No need to be rude friend, I admit I haven't watched as many videos as I should.

I guess I'm just wondering how does one transition between the type of frantic experiences one gets from third person or first person shooters to a turn-based type of game.

#32 Posted by ShaggE (5981 posts) -

@procrasturbate said:

If you need to be "sold" on the game by now, please don't play.

Why? Will it soil your enjoyment of XCOM knowing that somebody played the game later than you did? What possible logic is there in what you said?

#33 Posted by ImmortalSaiyan (4655 posts) -

I know you don't want to sound rude but your phrasing is condescending. As if you are better than XCOM and we need to justify why is it worth your precious time.

#34 Posted by procrasturbate (277 posts) -

@feliciano182: My bad Feliciano182 didn't mean to be rude. It's just that i believe that there's enough content to give you an idea of the type of experience more or less that you could have with this type of game. And just so that you know, i just received XCOM as a xmas day present. I've avoided every piece of info on the game except the Bombcast talks and the idlethumbs podcast. Been loving the game so far and it lives up to the original. Can't recommend this game enough. I think that you might enjoy the change of pace inmensely. I'm going thru it after playing thru Dead Island, Deus Ex HR, Gears 3 and Mass Effect 3 and it's been really refreshing. Also got for xmas Halo 4, Horizon and some other games and XCOM's been my go to game. So yeah! Go out and get it!

#35 Edited by delmariachi (19 posts) -

Great combination of action and strategy, whilst actually having characters you give a shit about... Nothing like losing your first highly ranked officer, especially as they cannot be respawned or any crap like that. I've only ever played the old Command and Conquer and Halo Wars in terms of RTS style games and this is phenomenol, only narrowly beaten by Borderlands 2 for me in 2012

#36 Posted by crusader8463 (14307 posts) -

@probablytuna said:

Best advice is to download the demo and try it out for yourself. Though if you're planning to play it on console I don't know if there's a demo for the two.

FUCK NO! Worst advice ever! The demo for this game is fucking terrible and should be avoided at all costs. I was easily one of the most excited people in the world for this game leading up to launch and that demo almost made me do a full 180 on excitement for the game. Watch the QL, watch some videos of people playing on youtube and decide for yourself if it's something you want.

#37 Posted by udabenshen (178 posts) -

It is the best way to get into the genre. Super accessible, if you want can stay simple, or you can go very deep. Scalable difficulty. It's the best game of the year.

#38 Posted by probablytuna (3443 posts) -

@crusader8463 said:

@probablytuna said:

Best advice is to download the demo and try it out for yourself. Though if you're planning to play it on console I don't know if there's a demo for the two.

FUCK NO! Worst advice ever! The demo for this game is fucking terrible and should be avoided at all costs. I was easily one of the most excited people in the world for this game leading up to launch and that demo almost made me do a full 180 on excitement for the game. Watch the QL, watch some videos of people playing on youtube and decide for yourself if it's something you want.

I had the exact opposite experience of what you had.

#39 Posted by hermes (1270 posts) -
@IBurningStar

Watch the Quick Look.

This. It will give you a lot of understanding about the gameplay and the excitement on people.
#40 Posted by Fattony12000 (6350 posts) -

@feliciano182:

I'll give you a few good reasons right here.

Fatbomb Blog December Edition
#41 Posted by Claude (16251 posts) -

I couldn't even get through the demo. That's a no buy motherfucker. There's a fucking demo. Play that motherfucker and decide.

#42 Posted by Mikey2D (217 posts) -

Download the demo and try it out - honestly that's all I did after all the buzz surrounding the game and I was hooked from there. The game is fantastic.

#43 Posted by feliciano182 (100 posts) -

@Mikey2D said:

Download the demo and try it out - honestly that's all I did after all the buzz surrounding the game and I was hooked from there. The game is fantastic.

Why that is a most excellent idea, thank you both.

#44 Posted by Mikey2D (217 posts) -

No problem - be sure to let us know if you love it or hate it

#45 Posted by djou (828 posts) -

Yes, absolutely. Its one of the best game I played in years.

Case in point, one of my heavy assault trooper (Isingoma Onedede of Kenya) developed psychic abilities after I put him through testing in my psionic lab. He earned the nickname "Prototype" since he was the first to show these gifts after I tested ten others. One time in battle he killed four enemies in one turn. Blowing up a cyberdisk with his plasma cannon which in turn blew up two nearby drone. Wearing the Psi Armor I made for him, he was able to mind controlled a berserker allowing for a sniper to go for a headshot. For this he earned the rank of Lieutenant.

This meta-game has happened with every member of my squad and its awesome.

#46 Posted by TheDoorman (532 posts) -

@killacam said:

JUST BUY IT

#47 Posted by ToTheNines (501 posts) -

The original is still vastly surperior. But if you want an easier, slightly more streamlined and more pleasant looking game, it's definitely worth it. But I don't know if I'd recommend it to someone who dosen't play turn based strategy games.

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