Remember the XCOM series? Well, recently Firaxis decided to launch a sequel to the first installment of the remastered game launched in 2012. According to popular belief, the game didn’t fare so well, but there is still hope for Firaxis’s view on the future of mankind. Here’s why XCOM 2 has great potential.
For those of you who don’t know what XCOM is, here are a couple of fact about the game. The first installment of the game was released back in 1994 Mythos Games and MicroProse, under the name UFO: Enemy Unknown.
The first installment of the game received a warm welcome from both the public and the critics for its ingenious game mechanics, plot, and eerie atmosphere. As the story goes, somewhere in the not-so-distant future, mankind makes the first contact with a species of extraterrestrials. But it is not the encounter everyone was looking for because, as it turns out, the aliens had hostile intentions.
The gamer is in charge of a top-secret division created to combat the alien threats. Enemy Unknown feature a turn-based gameplay along with squad-based mechanics. If the first one has turned out to be a masterpiece, the second one entitled Terror from the Deep was a jewel indeed.
If in the first game you would counter each threat with success, in the second one, the chances of bringing your team home safe and sound diminished with each message that reads out “Invasion Detected”.
Building on the foundation laid out by MicroProse and Mythos Games, Firaxis tried to deliver the same blood-chilling sensations without sacrificing anything for fancier graphics.
XCOM 2 features the same isometric perspective and the ability to think over the moves of your squad mates depending on your situation. The improved graphics is indeed a perk, but they do not overshadow the overall gameplay, which was made to be a tribute to the original series.
This is why XCOM 2 has great potential in front of other squad-based TBS game. Like in the first installment of the game, you get to choose your teammates and the gear they will carry throughout the mission.
As we managed to understand, the story of XCOM 2 is situated in 2035, 20 years after the events from XCOM 1. From a gameplay perspective, the game, like always leaves the player the choice of choosing how and where he will face his enemies. Moreover, as expected from the series, once the rumble begins, aliens will pop out from almost anywhere, forcing the gamer to make tough decisions in order to save his team.
It’s a real treat when you manage to bring your team safe and sound, and it is very frustrating when all of your members die on the battlefield. The game indeed managed to keep that sensation of impending doom and failure.
When it comes to the cons of the games, it would seem that many players have reported that the loading time between battles is pretty high some of the camera angles can impede your field of view.
To get you started, here’s a video of the first 60 minutes of gameplay, accompanied by the developer’s comments.