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(Kotaku)   The good news: 2K has launched a brand new version of XCOM. The bad news: it looks absolutely nothing like XCOM   (kotaku.com) divider line
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1006 clicks; posted to Fandom » on 20 Jul 2021 at 9:05 AM (6 days ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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6 days ago  
So you can hit an alien with a 95% chance to hit 95% of the time?

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6 days ago  
There's a 99% chance this game will be a hit.
 
6 days ago  
It looks exactly like a mobile game.
 
6 days ago  
Their Twitter headline does a better job expressing the current journalistic standards of Kotaku, though.
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6 days ago  
Are we finally getting the long-awaited sequel to The Bureau?  I hope in this one I can levitate two turrets.
 
6 days ago  
2k is as bad as EA with the shiat they pull
 
6 days ago  
The original Long War mod is still the best version of the game.

X-com 2 was just a dice game with a turn-based tactical game overlay.
 
6 days ago  
Yup, mobile game. The hunt for whales continue.
 
6 days ago  
It's a mobile game.  Of course it's going to be ass.
 
6 days ago  

NeoCortex42: There's a 99% chance this game will be a hit.


So it's going to miss?

/praise RNGsus
 
6 days ago  

Marcos P: 2k is as bad as EA with the shiat they pull


For real fun, try talking with their support team. Their job is to frustrate you into just living with the problem.
 
6 days ago  

Snapper Carr: It's a mobile game.  Of course it's going to be ass.


Looks like another one of those RAID, Marvel Strike Force, SW Galaxy of Heroes, Looney Tunes Bash clones.
 
6 days ago  
Here is a thread from an actual mobile developer about the nature of soft launches and their uses within mobile gaming development.  It's a thorough breakdown of how inept Kotaku is with their coverage of the situation.

https://twitter.com/zenofdesign/statu​s​/1417353916082180102?s=21
 
6 days ago  
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6 days ago  
2K, I served with XCOM.  I knew XCOM.  XCOM was a friend of mine.  2K, this is no XCOM.
 
6 days ago  

DeathByGeekSquad: Here is a thread from an actual mobile developer about the nature of soft launches and their uses within mobile gaming development.  It's a thorough breakdown of how inept Kotaku is with their coverage of the situation.

https://twitter.com/zenofdesign/status​/1417353916082180102?s=21


If this person had anything important to say on any subject, they would write in a medium that allows them to communicate using full paragraphs rather than sentences. Use farking Medium. Use Wordpress. Twitter is herpes on the internet, even for biatching about mobile games.
 
6 days ago  

Autoerotic Defenestration: [Fark user image 577x432]


Having just recently re-played Terror from the Deep, getting squads wiped from a single panicked soldier more than once wasn't as much fun as when I was 12.
 
6 days ago  
Oh, mobile.  Gross.

Is there such a thing as a decent mobile game?
 
6 days ago  

Lord Bear: Oh, mobile.  Gross.

Is there such a thing as a decent mobile game?


Mobile Traffic Accident has amazing graphics.  It's like you were there when someone distracted by a mobile device either runs someone over or steps out into traffic.
 
6 days ago  

Lord Bear: Is there such a thing as a decent mobile game?


There are ports of old AAA PC games. Planescape: Torment, Icewind Dale, Bard's Tale. Actually, X-Com 2 has a VERY good Android port if you have one of the ~20 devices that can run it (and $25 to spend on it). During the pandemic, a couple of my friends and I did a full play-through of the two Baldur's Gate games in multiplayer, which is compatible between mobile and desktop versions.
 
6 days ago  
Starting to think we're never going to see XCOM 3.
 
6 days ago  
I'm not crazy about the aesthetics. As long as they maintain or improve the strategy mechanics, I'm not going to complain.
 
6 days ago  

Lord Bear: Oh, mobile.  Gross.

Is there such a thing as a decent mobile game?


If you enjoy tabletop gaming, some board and card games have good mobile versions. Everything else these days just seems to be loot box cash grabs.

Ok. That was unfair. There's also a large number of speed up production/building/hatching cash grabs.
 
6 days ago  

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I have fond memories of the original, but I tried playing it after the new version came out, and I just have to say, fark the old inventory system. Having to reequip every soldier on every mission, remembering what their stats and abilities were, and making sure that too many items were not in the base inventory was a right PITA. Also, the crash bugs. Good Lord, the crash bugs.
 
6 days ago  

DrunkenBob: Are we finally getting the long-awaited sequel to The Bureau?  I hope in this one I can levitate two turrets.


So, while I agree The Bureau was not what anyone wanted from an X-COM game, and I also agree that its gameplay was very dull and repetitive, I still have a soft spot for that game because the art design and direction was just so farking good. The world-building they did in that game, the feel of the good levels was so great (the bad levels were just long stretches of the same thing- here, fight through five cornfields with an alien installation at the edge of each one).

It's a game that's frustrating because it could have actually been a pretty stellar game, especially if they didn't try to run on the X-COM branding and just made a 60s-era alien invasion game.
 
6 days ago  

Lord Bear: Oh, mobile.  Gross.

Is there such a thing as a decent mobile game?


The Angry Birds series was mostly decent. Not on the Play store anymore though. AB2 is also okay, but the ads can get annoying. It's clear someone studied up on Skinner boxes and monetization and jammed everything they could into the game. It's still an okay way to kill a few minutes.
 
6 days ago  

Wobambo: Starting to think we're never going to see XCOM 3.


We aren't. The Firaxis team has said their next game like this will be Marvel's XCOM Avengers, so not XCOM branded, it'll be close to the game they released last year Chimera Squad, with characters that have set skill trees and likely no perma-death.
 
6 days ago  
XCOM for me was like Monopoly, in that I can see my inevitable failure coming long before the game is actually over. At least with XCOM I don't have a hyper-competitive wife demanding I sit through the 90+ minutes of my ever-compounding failure spiral, and I can just close the damn laptop and do something else.

This elite team is the last hope for humanity's survival...better cut their funding for fjorking up a mission or two.
 
6 days ago  
Or, we can go play the actual spiritual remake of X-Com made by the guy that made the original X-Com. I really like it, Very X-Commy.

Phoenix Point.
https://phoenixpoint.info/
 
6 days ago  

Lord Bear: Oh, mobile.  Gross.

Is there such a thing as a decent mobile game?


The Sega Shining Force series.
 
6 days ago  
The important question is whether or not the snakes got big ol' tiddies like in XCOM 2
 
6 days ago  

Summoner101: So you can hit an alien with a 95% chance to hit 95% of the time?

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My colonels would still miss that with two shots and get crit'd behind full cover on the next turn.
 
6 days ago  

Lord Bear: Oh, mobile.  Gross.

Is there such a thing as a decent mobile game?


Does RetroArch count?
 
6 days ago  

BitBasher: Or, we can go play the actual spiritual remake of X-Com made by the guy that made the original X-Com. I really like it, Very X-Commy.

Phoenix Point.
https://phoenixpoint.info/


Love that game so much. The Festering Skies DLC finally made it feel like it was on the same footing as Firaxis's XCOM 2. Still wish there was more map variety.
 
6 days ago  

DeathByGeekSquad: Here is a thread from an actual mobile developer about the nature of soft launches and their uses within mobile gaming development.  It's a thorough breakdown of how inept Kotaku is with their coverage of the situation.

https://twitter.com/zenofdesign/status​/1417353916082180102?s=21


Let me summarize that link for everyone.

Douche who makes his living making predatory trash is offended that someone called the predatory trash, predatory trash. These "games" are barely farking games. farking Atari 2600 games have deeper gameplay loops. All this mobile trash are loaded to the absolute farking brim with manipulative bullshiat try and psychologically hook people. Thanks to their incredible success at it, is now poisoning the rest of the gaming industry.
 
6 days ago  
Julian Gollop  had nothing to do with this. It isn't XCOM and can be safely ignored.
 
6 days ago  

Lord Bear: Oh, mobile.  Gross.

Is there such a thing as a decent mobile game?


Yes, very much so. There was a genuine golden age of smartphone games between about 2009-2012. A lot of fresh, new ideas. A lot of interesting games at very reasonable prices. Then came the freemium games riddled with in-app purchases and psychological manipulation which ruined the whole thing.

Since then there have been some good games, though they've been very hard to find underneath the avalanche of shiate polluting the mobile market. Apple Arcade and Google Play Pass include several of the best of the more recent mobile games. Personally I'd recommend looking through those and buying the ones you like rather than paying the monthly fee to access them. A lot of the best of those are ports of indie games from the PC. Some of those are available as digital downloads on the Switch, as well.

There are also some sites that highlight the better games and warn about the high-profile shiat ones. I'm partial to Android Police. iPhone users should be able to find something similar. I haven't owned one since the iPhone 4, so I'm not quite up to date on that end.
 
6 days ago  

Lord Bear: Oh, mobile.  Gross.

Is there such a thing as a decent mobile game?


Mini Metro
 
6 days ago  

BitBasher: Phoenix Point.
https://phoenixpoint.info/


Came here to say this.

I recently finished Chimera Squad, which was OK, but spiritually much closer to Breach and Clear than XCOM.
 
6 days ago  

Drunk and Bitter Jesus: Autoerotic Defenestration: [Fark user image image 577x432]

I have fond memories of the original, but I tried playing it after the new version came out, and I just have to say, fark the old inventory system. Having to reequip every soldier on every mission, remembering what their stats and abilities were, and making sure that too many items were not in the base inventory was a right PITA. Also, the crash bugs. Good Lord, the crash bugs.


Man oh man did inventory management used to be tedious in games. I mean, it still is. But in the old days when you had to pause, press the inventory key, wait for the screen to load. Fight the awful controls. Sometimes switching between button presses and mouse clicks, often only able to select or see one item at a time...
 
5 days ago  

Fano: Drunk and Bitter Jesus: Autoerotic Defenestration: [Fark user image image 577x432]

I have fond memories of the original, but I tried playing it after the new version came out, and I just have to say, fark the old inventory system. Having to reequip every soldier on every mission, remembering what their stats and abilities were, and making sure that too many items were not in the base inventory was a right PITA. Also, the crash bugs. Good Lord, the crash bugs.

Man oh man did inventory management used to be tedious in games. I mean, it still is. But in the old days when you had to pause, press the inventory key, wait for the screen to load. Fight the awful controls. Sometimes switching between button presses and mouse clicks, often only able to select or see one item at a time...


Try openxcom. It fixes the bugs and im not sure if its in the base or the extended mod that streamlines a lot of the inventory management. You just need the original files.
 
5 days ago  

Lord Bear: Oh, mobile.  Gross.

Is there such a thing as a decent mobile game?


there is XCOM EW/EU mobile port.  exact same game and no micro-transactions.
 
5 days ago  
edited for truth instead of click baiting...subby:

The good news: 2K has launched a brand new mobile version of XCOM. The bad news: it looks absolutely it is a mobile game, so nothing like XCOM.


Mobile "games" are what they are and they do not blip on the actual no " " needed game radar.
 
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