I guess it’s not surprising that a game about slamming huge meat-slabs into cover before gunning down Locus translates so well into genre that’s about slamming into cover and gunning down bad guys. It would be easy to write it off as nothing more than a basic XCOM reskin if Splash Damage hadn’t done such a damn good job of making it feel like a Gears game through and through. The production values for a game within this genre are nothing short of lavish, with cutscenes being up to Gears 5 standards and actual gameplay being able to pass itself off as one of the main games when it zooms into an over-the-shoulder viewpoint. From the stellar sound design to the way special abilities mirror the main series, Gears Tactics feels like a lot more than just some cheap XCOM clone wearing bulky armour and running around with a chainsaw strapped to a gun.
Do you like the idea of XCOM? But don’t like how it basically revels in torturing your very soul until it turns you into a blubbering wreck of a human being? Then Fort Triumph might be for you! After spending a few years in Early Access on Steam, Fort Triumph has finally got its full release to very little fanfare. So let’s shine a light on it and see if its worth playing.
Phoenix Point had an intriguing development before it got launched in late 2019. Julian Gollop was the co-creator of the original X-COM, so its no surprise that Phoenix Point is like a spiritual successor, and a look at what Gallop thinks a modern XCOM game should be. The game’s development came through crowdfunding, but then controversy hit when the developers signed a 1-year exclusive deal with the Epic Game Store, angering fans who had donated money to the project under the belief it would be available on Steam. It was certainly a shady decision, and the developers must have surely known it would rankle their supporters. But for now let’s put that aside and review Phoenix Point, shall we?
Hello dear readers, you have entered a world of magic, of love, of unending beauty, of…uh, stuff. Yes, it’s time for a another Weekend Whammy that isn’t remotely near a weekend! YEAH! This week, there’s no damn games! But there is some stuff to talk about in regards to the next-gen consoles, their costs and their power Oh, and the Coronavirus. That as well.
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 […]