I generally enjoyed this game. My biggest complaint is that the combat was harder than I personally like. If you like to pay close attention to your tactics, and like the feel of consequences (e.g., permanent death of squad members) if you don't get them right, you will probably like this game.
Positives: it has turn-based combat, which feels a little retro, but is well executed. I really like the R&D and strategy component of the game, where you can use money and alien technology to improve your weapons, etc.
Negatives: I like a relaxed gameplay experience, not stress-filled, and as a result usually play on Easy. Even on Easy, I found the combat too hard, needing to Save/Restore many times per scenario. It was just too unforgiving for me.
The game also pushes me into missions too fast. I would happily spend hours playing around with R&D and then say "okay, now I'm ready for a mission." The game wouldn't let me do that, because missions keep popping up that you can't ignore (without countries getting upset and dropping out of the alliance). If it let me go at my own pace, I could easily see myself playing this game over and over again.
I know I've said this before, and on most other reviews but I tell you what. I probably wouldnt have bought/played this game, had I not been a GF subscriber. However I am gonna keep this review very brief.
Honestly this is turn-based, and that'll immediately turn many many many people off. Especially now (early November) that Halo 4 and COD Bl Ops 2. The problem is ... this game gets shoved under the rug, because it's not an FPS. This generation of consoles and gamers, just goes towards FPS (modern shooters). I however am starting to get so frustrated with it, since there aren't too many studios and publishers taking that risk. Again bottom line... it sucks.
On to this game. Let me preface by saying, i've never played the previous XCOM games and didnt know what to expect, outside of a few youtube videos. The story isn't 'amazing' or anything, but the variables, the loss scenarios, weapons, classes, ships and level design are top notch.
I'm looking forward to the next of this series (hoping they make it).
Now some negative points, I can see, some people would rush through and get in over their heads and be in a 'never win' scenario. I took my time (lost no countries and 1 soldier). The camera angles (on shots and rotational pieces, sometimes a bit choppy). Also, I wasn't just ... 'drawn in' like some other games (Mass effect 3 and other games).
If you want to win DO NOT DO THE PRIORITY MISSIONS UNTIL YOU GET ALL THE OTHER RESEARCH DONE. It's VERY VERY VERY important to get the satellite uplinks and satellites early. Second priority will be Laser and Plasma weapons.
This game is excellent. It's like a mix between micro managing your villa in assassins creed and the gameplay of something like valkryie chronicles. If either one of those components interest you then do yourself a favor and rent this game as soon as possible. One of the best games I've played all year.