When Firaxis brought back the venerable XCOM series from the dead nobody could have predicted how damn good it would be, its turned-based tactical mayhem creating a palpable sense of tension. It was difficult, too, demanding that you contemplate every move or else lose your soldiers forever. XCOM 2 had a rough launch, but it still managed to improve on Enemy Unknown, refining various parts of the core gameplay. Unsurprisingly several companies have attempted to leap onto the bandwagon. Shock Tactics happens to be the latest game trying to capture the magic of yelling at virtual soldiers because they missed a 90% chance to hit. It’s also not that good.
Just recently I published a review of XCOM: The Board Game which focused on what it was like to play the game alone. The review is part of an ongoing series titled Single-Player, which as the name implies is all about checking out games that can be […]
Opening up the chunky box of any new tabletop game is followed by a simple, natural reaction; reach for the rulebook. But XCOM: The Board Game doesn’t have a book chock full of rules to learn, rather it has a simple four-page setup guide that gives you the basic information needed to lay out the board, cards and playing pieces needed. You see, XCOM is powered by a free app that can be downloaded on a smartphone, laptop or PC. It’s the driving force behind everything in this co-operative game, merging technology with good ‘ol dice.
2K Games special Advent site has slowly been getting “hacked”, revealing more and more clues to a new game. At first due to the clues surrounding gene therepy some assumed a new Bioshock game was imminent, however new clues have turned up and users on Reddit have determined […]
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3 and PC Reviewed On: Xbox 360 Developer: 2K Marin Publisher: 2K Games Singleplayer: Yes Multiplayer: No PEGI: 16+ XCOM is back, but this time its parading around in third-person shooter clothing, having tossed on those clothes after a lengthy and confusing development cycle in […]
Firaxis have today announced XCOM: Enemy Within, a massive expansion pack for XCOM: Enemy Unknown on PC and a standalone expansion for console players. On PC the expansion has been revealed as costing $30, while console players can pick up the game for $40 without needing the original […]
Warning: a small amount foul language is used in this article. I’m going through a phase that I’m sure almost all gamers go through at one time or another. I keep looking at my shelves of games, my eyes rolling over the numerous fantastic titles I have, my […]
Platforms: PC, Playstation 3, Xbox 360 Reviewed On: PC Developer: Firaxis Games Publisher: 2K Singleplayer: Yes Multiplayer: Yes No-one would have believed, in the last years of the twentieth century, that Mythos Games would create UFO: Enemy Unknown, one of the greatest tactical sci-fi titles of its age. […]
EA and Take-Two today released their preliminary financial results for their first fiscal quarter which ended on June 30th. Buried within the mountains of information, details and statements from various people was a new release date for the hugely anticipated Bioshock: Infinite along with a release date for XCOM: […]