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GF Rating
8.0

2383 ratings

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GF Rating
10

Perfect

old school

posted by xboxabrazoom (KNOXVILLE, TN) Jul 4, 2013

Member since Jul 2013

Back in the day before graphics were capable of being cool, and when game plots were, there was a genre that kicked buckets. Turn Based Tactical Shooters TBTS
One game like this was Jagged Alliance tho it did not look like much the story and tactical ellements were top notch with zero multiplay elements, that game was one of my favorites.
Xcom is that style of game, but on steroids.
it looks amazing for what it is check for gameplay on youtube. The sounds and music are great, no need to mute anything. the replay value is higher than that of any other tactical game I know of. this is not a point an shoot --this is a sit and think.
You manage a operation that eliminates hostile UFOs and aliens. yes you oversee the tactical aspect of both as you take POWs and interrogate them. You pick what your scientist research, so your engineers can produce the desired weapon or armor, ect
your troops rank up via kills they attain. Thru promotions you pick what upgrade each fighter takes. there are about 5 classes sniper, assault heavy support ect each with set load-outs as recruits you can customize voice first and last name of each troop an even appearance. I can not say any more without becoming a spoiler a must get for strategy/tactics fans.

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GF Rating
9

Excellent

For a strategy game it is pretty awesome.

posted by balexanderdx (MCMECHEN, WV) Jun 25, 2013

Member since Jun 2013

Ill start out by saying that, I thought XCOM was a third person shooter when I put it on My Q and I've never been a fan of strategy games. That being said I figured I'd try it out. Instantly became addicted to this wonderful game. Unlike most strategy that to me are very dull and uninteresting, this game begins by immersing you into this above average story about earth almost having zero hope to defeating the alien menace off the planet.
I found myself getting attached to my squad and actually being mildly upset when I would move them to a position only to have some new alien who can move 800 spaces kill them. I played this game first on easy difficult and it was aggrevating to me. I tried it on normal and quit after a few missions because most of my squad was dead. By all means this game is not flawless but for being one of the few true strategy games out there, I highly recommend it.

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GF Rating
1

Horrible

Takes the fun out of games

posted by N3xium (DETROIT, MI) Jun 18, 2013

Member since Jul 2010

Ok let me begin by saying I was really addicted to this game when I started playing it and gettting the hang of how things operated. However that addiction was met with a punishing AI and difficulty that is just too much. Since this was my first run I put it on what they call "easy" but it wasn't long before I realized that the developers never understood the concept of "easy". It may have just been coincidence but it seems once the game notices the player getting comfortable and having an upper hand then it throws twice as much challenge right back. If you are a glutton for punishment then this is for you but as far as I'm concerned it takes the fun out of playing.

I give this game a 1/10 for overly difficult settings even on "easy" and for limiting player appeal by discouraging the new or casual gamers. I provided the PS3 version a 5 for the simple fact it is free on PS Plus but there is no such option on XBL so this doesn't give it the same slack.

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