My personal opinion at first glance when I seen this previewed at GameStop, I didn't really like it. Once I got my hands on a copy, I fell in love with the game. It is the best turn-based strategy I have played on something other than PC (except for Halo Wars, but that was made to be played on 360 only) The graphics were superb for a 3DS game. I have never seen something like these games from a handheld like this. I am surprised that Nintendo could pull it off and live up to the hype. The gameplay is a regular Turn-Based Strategy, with some story elements thrown in (which I didn't pay attention to) There is a bonus Multiplayer mode where you pass the 3DS back and forth with each turn. I wish there were some kind of online, which is the only flaw with this game. The fact is that it could of pulled it off, because the wireless play has been put into perfection, shown in Super Street Fighter IV, but I digress. If you like Turn-Based games, or a 3DS owner, this game is worth buying or at least trying if you are not sure (like I was at first.) The game teaches you how to play fairly quickly (which isn't hard to remember due to the fact that this game has easy controls.) The main buttons are A, B, and the Right trigger. The touch screen is used for the map and status screen for friendlies/enemies. Overall... A very perfect (barely short due to no Infrastructure play.) game with lots to do. I started off on Elite for all of the levels, and it helped me get really acquainted with the selection of characters you have at your disposal, with each level gaining a new unit and have more troops to order for each turn. As you play through the story missions, you will gain skill points that you can put into the skills and health of key Ghost members, and eventually get a better weapon or better support device (love the healing gun for the medic, reminds me of Killzone with reviving teammates :D)
In the line up of games that launched with the Nintendo 3DS I've noticed something. Since there was little time to make these games developers had to chose one thing. Either make a game that utilizes as many of the 3DS' bells and whistles or make a game that is fun and plays well.
This game chose the latter. X-Com is a series of video games which began in 1994. These games are beloved by all whom are fans of the genre, which is Turn Based Strategy. This is relevant because this game is a spiritual successor to those games. If you're like me and have never played any X-Com games you'll need a better comparison. So let's say it's a mixture of... oh I don't know Fire Emblem and the Advance Wars series.
I've logged in about 5 hours of game time and I'm about 20% through it. This game is very well balanced, well designed, beautiful looking, and probably the most lengthy of the games out right now. You get about 6 characters and each of these characters have a different specialties. Sniper, Assault, Stealth, Heavy Machine Guns, Melee, Drones, Anti-Tank and it's all in 3D-- It's like looking into a diorama of little soldiers!
As I stated earlier it doesn't really use much more of the 3DS' capabilities other than 3D. In fact it uses none at all. The multiplayer is a "pass the system around" type of multiplayer leaving much to be desired on that front. All those other features are great and all and should have been implemented in this game however, you will get much more value out of this game than most of the others out right now.
My final word: If you're into TURN BASED STRATEGY games at all, and even if you're not but are mildly interested. Do yourself a favor and just try this out. You owe it to yourself to play this gem.
it was a pretty fun game, but i was expecting first person. It is a turn based game that you can level you characters up in. its not really that short, and the story is pretty good. The graphics are amazing with the 3D. I would rent this game.!!