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.
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.
I'll start by saying I am a casual RTS fan. XCOM is definitely an enjoyable game, but if you're not a hardcore RTS fan you may find yourself pulling your hair out more than enjoying it. The game is not very forgiving, and if you don't do certain things, you're boned. I find the difficulty levels a little wacky as well; I'll admit I downgraded myself to Easy, but still found it just as frustrating as Normal. XCOM is worth giving a shot, but just be prepared for anger.