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  myzmar

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OP  11/14/12 5:29:04 AM#1
I cannot decide whether to spend the $ and give it a try, or not. I played the original game back a couple years ago and loved it. But I hate remakes which simplify things only to give us up-to-date graphics etc. So - do you think its worth it? How does it compare to the original? Did they introduce anything new that would surprise me (I remember the old game's mechanics and ending rather well).
  Axxar

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11/15/12 2:39:07 PM#2

I think it's an incredible game.

Some things got streamlined, other things were given additional depth. Don't expect a 1:1 translation, but they kept most of the major things that were at the heart of the old game. It clearly was a labor of love.

It's a deep game that stays true to the spirit of the original, but is different enough to stand on its own legs. It also plays smooth as Hell and is super addictive. Hell, even Yahtzee likes it.

You can always check out the demo on Steam. It covers the optional tutorial part of the game, which is rather scripted but gives you a good impression of how the tactical bit works.

 

I bought both the PC and the Xbox 360 versions. It plays surprisingly well on the 360, but if you have the choose and your PC isn't old, definitely get the PC version. It plays more smoothly and feels more native there.

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  User Deleted
11/15/12 5:36:21 PM#3
I liked it. Definently more streamlined compared to the original as mentioned above, but at it's core it still feels like Xcom. Not sure if they're planning on it, but i'd be eager to see an expansion or something.
  Kost

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11/15/12 5:38:11 PM#4

Bought it on launch day, absolutely love it.

A very fitting successor to the previous games in the series.

  Sovrath

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11/15/12 5:40:20 PM#5

I really like it.

It definitely is reminiscent of x-com enemy unknown (UFO defense).

  NightBandit

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11/15/12 5:46:26 PM#6

Played the demo on steam and it bored the back off me. I loved the original game but cannot get into playing turn based games after so many MMO's.

Sadly I will not be buying this it just does not have enough for me and the fact that they dropped down the size of your squad was the killer for me I loved the ammount of guys you could train in the original.

 

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  Sfaliara

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11/15/12 5:51:04 PM#7
I've completed a playthrough and I really liked it. It's definitely good for the money I spent considering I will play it again in the near future. I have 3 friends however who have not been able to drop it since it came out.
  Karahandras

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11/15/12 5:52:51 PM#8

There are alternatives if you're still uncertain.  (personally didn't buy because of steamworks but from what i've read glad i didn't).

UFO Alien Invasion a free one that's well worth the download(it's free).

UFO Extraterrestrials can be bought cheaply now and is pretty decent.  Lots of tech to research and although your squad members don't die I actual rather like that aspect.  There's a mod to make it more like ufo enemy unknown too.  Sequel to this is meant to be out soon according to the website.

Xenonaughts is meant to be much more like the original but grpahically subpar to the remake(lower budget) there's an alpha demo to try.  Also shouldn't be long until it's out.

There's also the ufo trilogy(Aftermath, Aftershock and Afterlight).  They tried to mix turn based with real time and it didn't work very well.  More story driven but just doesn't compare to enemy unknown.  Still for under a fiver I found it a good buy.

  Rednecksith

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11/15/12 5:53:30 PM#9
I've only got a bout 10 hours into it, but so far it's pretty good. Been distracted by other games though (Borderlands 2, Dishonored) but I'll definitely be putting some more time into it once I need a break from those.
  Kaijin2k3

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11/15/12 6:33:07 PM#10

Before it released, Firaxis and the lead designers repeatedly said they felt that the game's Classic difficulty (with Ironman enabled) was the true spirit of this game. And I can say, after doing a couple of these CI runthroughs, it really is. 

Found this game to almost perfectly capture the spirit and tension of the original, while still letting it keep its own personality. I absolutely love it, and that's as someone who has been playing 3 runthroughs every year of the OG since it released on Steam =)

Having said that, if the game being mechanically (closer to 1:1 conversion) the same as the OG is of utmost importance to you, you will be disappointed. The alternatives listed above by Karahandras will be far more your alley.

Still, even in such a case, the game is still an extremely solid (though at times buggy, can't deny this) TBS game all-around. So it's always worth a shot even if just for that, imo.

 

  dustyhayes

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11/15/12 10:38:09 PM#11
XCOM: Enemy Unknown is awesome its also a reminder why turn based games like Fallout 1&2 where so bloodly awesome in the own right
  myzmar

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OP  11/16/12 5:17:17 AM#12
Thanks a lot guys for your inputs, after what I read I definitely will try the demo available on steam. Cheers!
  dave6660

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11/16/12 9:03:09 AM#13
I'll wait until it's in the bargain bin for $10.

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  ThomasN7

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11/16/12 9:05:39 AM#14
I heard it takes like a million clicks just to perform certain functions. Any truth to this ?
  Crepitus

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11/16/12 9:08:21 AM#15

Enjoyed every minutes of it and worth every dollar. I'll buy DLCs in a heartbeat.

I also raged a lot with the camera for fights inside big ships.

  Crepitus

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11/16/12 9:09:02 AM#16
Originally posted by Waybackwhen
I heard it takes like a million clicks just to perform certain functions. Any truth to this ?

Hmm well it's a turn based strategy game so you do click a lot but it never felt tedious for me.

  User Deleted
11/16/12 1:06:56 PM#17
Originally posted by Waybackwhen
I heard it takes like a million clicks just to perform certain functions. Any truth to this ?

Movement is click based like most isometric games, and it's usually safer to move through a map slowly else you risk wasting turns/getting stuck in a bad situation.

But no, I don't know why anyone would think that about enemy unknown.

  Kaijin2k3

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11/16/12 4:37:56 PM#18
Originally posted by Wolfenpride
Originally posted by Waybackwhen
I heard it takes like a million clicks just to perform certain functions. Any truth to this ?

Movement is click based like most isometric games, and it's usually safer to move through a map slowly else you risk wasting turns/getting stuck in a bad situation.

But no, I don't know why anyone would think that about enemy unknown.

When released, some people were heavily, heavily complaining (not here) about the confirmation box that you press "OK" on after you select something like "Overwatch" with the mouse. Of course, you can just double click the #hotkey or #hotkey+spacebar, or just press the keybind (y for overwatch) once, but people still complained about that.

The only other thing I can think of is unequipping soldiers that you're swapping out so you can use their equipment on who you're swapping in. 

  StanlyStanko

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11/16/12 4:39:05 PM#19
Originally posted by Axxar

I think it's an incredible game.

 

  SlyGamer79

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11/19/12 7:53:52 AM#20
I rented it and enjoyed it beat it and sending it back it's possible i might buy it lol.

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