posted by CrkdWookie (MINNEAPOLIS, MN) Dec 31, 2012
Member since Sep 2010
XCOM is awesome. Much like Dark Souls, it can be punishingly difficult, and I love it for the challenge, although it can be played on a lower difficulty while you're learning the ropes.
The only thing holding it back from a perfect score for me is the steep learning curve. Figuring out what to build and research with your constantly limited resources is a critical part of the game and one of the toughest to master.
The between missions meta-game where you build new facilities, research new technologies, recruit, train and equip your soldiers, is an integral and fascinating part of the game. It's a shame, then, that it's not very well explained and you're left to sink a few times until you learn to swim.
You'll be cruising along and then figure out six missions in that you're woefully short on satellites or something, but they are so expensive and take so long to build that often by the time you realize you're missing something like this it's too late to do anything about it. Your game was sunk by a decision you overlooked ten missions earlier and you just now figured it out.
That said, the metagame is fun once you get the hang of it, and the turn by turn strategy battles never grow old. This is one to hang onto and play for a long time to come. A one of a kind strategy game for consoles and a highlight of this generation of games.
I will be keeping this one it is very addicting and advanced you have to take your time and plan out your research and building in advance as every move you make from the beginning of the game has huge implications on to how well you will perform later on.
When I first loaded this game, I thought nah not for me I'll send this back quick. Well that was last week and I'm still having fun playing this.
It's not the usual game I would be interested in but I have become intrigued with the strategy and turn based play enough that it's kept me playing. I thought it was over when I completed the enemy base but it's still going.
Definitely worth a rental and if you get stuck, look at the cheats to activate the "heros" makes playing a bit more easy but still not a cakewalk.
Can be a bit confusing at first as where to go and then having the aliens just pop out at you, but for the most part it's a fun diversion from the typical.