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XCOM at E3 sparks some interest

Many fans of the long running series XCOM were disappointed to hear that the newest game will be taking on a first-person shooter role, proving that 2D strategy games are still in demand for older gamers. The series revolves around the player capturing and researching alien technology, managing personnel, maintaining military installations, and combating against hostile aliens. In terms of storyline, all that's been released is "XCOM is the re-imagining of the classic tale of humanity’s struggle against an unknown enemy that puts players directly into the shoes of an FBI agent tasked with identifying and eliminating the growing threat", that the main characters are William Carter and his veteran team, and that that it's set in early Main Street, USA.

The difference in perspective caused a nice amount of promotion, yet since the announcement 2 years ago, and XCOM went under the radar yet again.


That is, till E3 of this year, where oodles of information was released for the public. The game takes place in post war America in a rather ominous suburban area. The setting is beautifully realistic - from character's outfits to the white picket fences - and it clearly sets a nice atmosphere to play in. The game also manages to focus on the 'fear of the unknown' which plagued America during that time.

Playing the game brings back memories of other game elements. Bioshock with some of Fallout's RPG-elements, hints of dependence on player tacticality similar to Left 4 Dead, a bit of the setting of L.A. Noire, and of course, classic things in the original XCOM games.

The game is set to hit the shelves in March of next year.

Have you ever played an XCOM game before or are you a disrespectful young whippersnapper who never got to experience them? Are you excited about the new one?

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