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Quick Look: EX: The Bureau: XCOM Declassified

2K Marin drops by to show off the Bureau's chiseled chins, turtlenecks, and all the taction the '60s will allow.

Sit back and enjoy as the Giant Bomb team takes an unedited look at the latest video games.

Jul. 3 2013

Posted by: Drew

220 Comments

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Fuck yeah! XCom Stay Fresh baby!

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Smokey office room? Yup, that's the sixties.

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"I mean, I didn't invent the turtleneck Lana, but, I was the first to recognise its potential as a tactical garment. A tactical turtleneck, Lana. The... tactleneck."

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I remember seeing footage of this a while back and it looking kind of rough, but this looks kind of great.

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Edited By Dooley

Eh, I loved the shit out of Enemy Unknown but this doesn't look that great to me.

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Edited By TwoLines

Hmm... It looks better than I thought it would. Still needs some polish, but I see the potential.

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They have floating phones in the 60's! (Last office they walk into)

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I'm a bit surprised to see how cool this looks. This could be great!

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I'm a bit surprised to see how cool this looks. This could be great!

Yah! I wasn't too interested in this game but it looks pretty slick in action.

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Looks surprisingly good!

And i don't know why, but watching this i had this idea come up in my head about an Xcom and Jagged Alliance crossover, set in a future sci-fi setting. Guess that thought can go right into the "Dreamland" box :/

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I haven't finished Enemy Unknown yet but this makes me want to finish that and pre-order this.

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A vote for Caravella is a vote for taction!

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Jesus. Wasn't looking forward to this one at all but after this video. Mannnnn... Ahh. I want it now!

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@maciste said:

Quite interesting. Good to see it's not just another spunkgargleweewee.

I'm quoting this just to make sure I can confirm that it actually happened.

What?

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This looks surprisingly good. I think they made they right changes and make it closer to XCOM:EU. Was cautious of it with the just the previous rumors of being a downloadable game and only announced a while ago.

Vinny 2016!

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It bothers me that none of the foliage, trees, or generally anything apart from the characters, birds, fire and fireflies moves in the world at all...

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Gameplay reminds me of Mass Effect; not very many of this type. I'm very inTressted.

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Although I'm really digging the 60's aesthetic they are going for with this game, I still haven't made up my mind about it. On the one hand: 2K Marin has worked on some really solid games in the past, so I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt.

But on the other hand: this game looks a bit iffy. It's as though the developers have been trying a little TOO hard to make the game interface look as legible as possible.

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I think Vinny is dead on with Taction. It does look a lot like Mass Effect, but I don't necessarily think that's a bad thing.

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"I thought you said he wasn't a doctor"

Vinny Caravella, master Quick Looker ladies and gentlemen!

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@maciste said:

Quite interesting. Good to see it's not just another spunkgargleweewee.

I'm quoting this just to make sure I can confirm that it actually happened.

What?

I think he is referencing Zero Punctuation http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/zero-punctuation/6492-Medal-of-Honor-Warfighter-Doom-3-BFG-Edition

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Looks like it would be a lot of fun to play. It was pretty cool how fast the tactics were used. I like it.

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I am SHOCKED at how good this looks.

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This is looking super cool! I'm glad they took their time and weathered the internet rage, instead of pulling the plug on this game.

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Looks like Mass Effect. What happened to the giant alien cubes?

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@hassun said:

"I thought you said he wasn't a doctor"

Vinny Caravella, master Quick Looker ladies and gentlemen!

Seriously! You'd think going this hard for puns and jokes would have to come across as forced and desperate. But, nope, it's just very, very funny to me.

The game looks like it'll be very solid at least. I'm still not sure if it's my cup of tea. I don't enjoy the Mass Effect combat so here's hoping it'll be much more tactical than that.

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Edited By CptBedlam

It doesn't look bad and I want to like it, I really do. I want the X-Com brand to do well. However, I don't know if I can stomach yet another (tactical) shooter with conveniently placed chest-high walls everywhere. After all the Gears games, Mass Effects and the like I'm just sick of it.

Also, too bad they apparently got rid of the truly frightening enemies from the first iterations of the game. Those flying shapes looked terrifying as opposed to the usual humanoid aliens, combat drones etc.

Last complaint: the "detective mode" vision doesn't fit the 60s aesthetic at all. Why not make something unique instead of copy its look from dozens of other games? For example, a 60s television filter (as in poor quality, desaturated colors and noisy) would've been neat for the tactical view. And it would make more sense.

@nethlem said:

And i don't know why, but watching this i had this idea come up in my head about an Xcom and Jagged Alliance crossover, set in a future sci-fi setting. Guess that thought can go right into the "Dreamland" box :/

Well, you can already play against Aliens in JA2.

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I think I need this game.

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Hmm... I need to have this.

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The developers getting mad at Vinny for calling the game "actiony" and them comparing it to the first Rainbow Six games was super stupid, but other than that, great QL the game looks a lot better than when it was a FPS

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Caravella/Taction 2016

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Whhaaaat! A third person cover based shooter that actually looks like a lot of fun.

Also Taction is a great term. But what else would you expect from the coiner of "Abilitease."

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@civid said:

The developers getting mad at Vinny for calling the game "actiony" and them comparing it to the first Rainbow Six games was super stupid, but other than that, great QL the game looks a lot better than when it was a FPS

Yeah, who are these guys trying to fool? This looks almost identical to Mass Effect 2/3's combat.

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I'll definitely be picking this up.

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The combat HUD is an eye sore. Too arcade-ish & kills the 60s look & feel of the virtual world.

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@lozzat: Thank you for this. I knew that main character looked familiar and I couldn't put my finger on it.

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This game combines a lot of my favorite games into one package, so needless to say I am Interested In This Game.

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Lot of andromeda strain visual references in the base there, I enjoyed it.

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I wonder, would people be more interested in this game or if it were Enemy Unknown but in the '60s?

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@civid said:

The developers getting mad at Vinny for calling the game "actiony" and them comparing it to the first Rainbow Six games was super stupid, but other than that, great QL the game looks a lot better than when it was a FPS

Yeah, who are these guys trying to fool? This looks almost identical to Mass Effect 2/3's combat.

Which in turn looks exactly like the old Full Spectrum Warrior games. Anyone that thinks it's a good idea to bring back Full Spectrum Warrior style games is good in my books. Loved them to death and it always made me sad no one else made that style of game any more.

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What do you call the turtlenecks donned by tactical team?

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The constant stop/start gameplay doesn't look fun at all!

Graphically it looks great - nice tone and atmosphere.

However... got to be honest, the original first person concept looked far more interesting to me, so i'm a bit pissed off that it was dropped in favour of this approach.

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I was actually pretty excited back for this when it was a stylish FPS. Was very pleased with Enemy Unknown, pretty damn excited to play this too. Looks like it really has something cool to offer to 3rd person shooting.

And I really liked Bioshock 2 so I have faith in these guys.

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@ebbsnone said:

Looks like Mass Effect. What happened to the giant alien cubes?

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Please make it so that when you pause the game it actually pauses and does not just slow down. I hate when games do that. At Least make it a toggle in a menu somewhere.

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this looks surprisingly awesome.

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Looks neat. Can't wait to see how the full game looks.

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You know what? I was curious and skeptical of this game up until now. But count me in. Looking forward to August! Gonna be sweet, SR4 and this!

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Edited By Ravelle

The combat HUD is an eye sore. Too arcade-ish & kills the 60s look & feel of the virtual world.

Yeah, I noticed that too. Dust an elysian tail also an an HUD that didn't fit the game.