Less than a week away from XCom 2.
If you are one of the olds out there, you remember the original XCom: UFO Defense. A brilliant game that had the simple conceit of “aliens are invading and they’re so much more advanced than we are — we’re all going to die oh my gosh we’re all going to die”. So you get lucky here or there, kill a straggling alien, take their guns and armor and begin to reverse engineer them… and, if you’re lucky, not too many of your best soldiers will die fighting these aliens.
In 2012, they came out with the Official Reboot of the series. It was awesome. The Mindless Diversions 2012 Game Of The Year, back when that was still a thing. I played the ever-living heck out of that game.
Well, they’re coming out with a sequel next week… and it’s PC only. Nothing for the PS4 or XBone. The argument is that they’re relying on procedural maps and the AI needs the biggest/best CPUs in order to properly fight back against the player. (Other arguments include “hey, you see how bad AAA companies mess up ports to the PS4/XBone, they didn’t want to do that” and “the PC XCom sold millions of units, the console one sold about 100,000”.)
So I probably won’t be getting it until after the “awesome for 2010” PC I currently use becomes a “awesome for 2014/2015” one.
But this looks pretty awesome:
So… what are you playing?
(Picture is “Untitled” by our very own Will Truman. Used with permission)