XCOM: Enemy Unknown (by Firaxis)[Universal]

06-18-2013, 05:28 PM
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I have played the console version and it is a really cool game all around and it will be PERFECT on touchscreens....you guys are in for a fully fleshed-out, deep, FUN strategy game that is really only a little lite in tactics but not too bad.

Having said that I am really looking forward to multiplayer the most because I never tried it on the console version, but I am hoping for asynchronous play.
Correct me if I am wrong but didnt they say it will have both sync and async multiplayer when added later?

Anyway it is also a bit sad for iOS gaming when ports like KOTOR, XCOM, Battle Academy, Soul Calibur, Walking Dead, Great Battles Medieval etc, etc... are better than most, if not every native iOS game in their respective genres.

HOWEVER, at least we are getting some great ports to go along with some great originals like the upcoming Breach & Clear or Autumn Dynasty, Ace Patrol, etc..

Unfortunately, I wouldn't get my hopes for that many "great" native iOS games coming anytime soon.

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06-18-2013, 07:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Twenty One View Post
I have played the console version and it is a really cool game all around and it will be PERFECT on touchscreens....you guys are in for a fully fleshed-out, deep, FUN strategy game that is really only a little lite in tactics but not too bad.

Having said that I am really looking forward to multiplayer the most because I never tried it on the console version, but I am hoping for asynchronous play.
Correct me if I am wrong but didnt they say it will have both sync and async multiplayer when added later?

Anyway it is also a bit sad for iOS gaming when ports like KOTOR, XCOM, Battle Academy, Soul Calibur, Walking Dead, Great Battles Medieval etc, etc... are better than most, if not every native iOS game in their respective genres.

HOWEVER, at least we are getting some great ports to go along with some great originals like the upcoming Breach & Clear or Autumn Dynasty, Ace Patrol, etc..

Unfortunately, I wouldn't get my hopes for that many "great" native iOS games coming anytime soon.
That's because there is an ingrained opinion among respected game devs that iOS games are meant to be bite-sized time wasters. 2 or 3 years ago I would agree, but now the lines between mobile and console quality are beginning to blur. XCOM and KOTOR ports are only the beginning, soon there will be plenty of games that are fully playable on iOS as well as on mobile. The hardware is pretty much there already, I think we only really need one or two more generations of iOS devices to really get to the point where iOS can run console quality games routinely. But even when the hardware gets there, we're going to have to worry about the problems with the app store economy, tthat is freemium and getting people to pay good money for games. Hopefully having the ability to buy a game once and play it on multiple platforms will help with this, as it will be viewed as a console/PC game as well as just a mobile game.

06-18-2013, 07:50 PM
Are we there yet?!!
06-18-2013, 08:02 PM
Joined: Dec 2011
Location: Philadelphia
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This is an absolutely fantastic game. For me though, I already have it on PS3 and don't quite play it enough to justify another $20 investment to play it on mobile (tempting as it is). I will say though, if you haven't played this game yet, $20 is easily worth it.

People often throw around the term "console quality" for iOS games. However, this is the real deal, a bonafide console game on iOS, and a wonderful console game at that.
06-18-2013, 08:15 PM
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Okay, so I need some thoughts on the game from anyone who has played it.

I am decent at Final Fantasy Tactics, I enjoyed Shining Force, I have played a few other RTS games (Warcraft, Star Control).

I sucked at the original Xcom game.

I still haven't played Frozen Synapse to the point of understanding or being able to enjoy it.

Leviathan would be unplayable without my friend.

BUT...

This game looks amazing. Apparently Firaxis worked to make easy mode easier, so I wonder if I could get into it?

I really need to try out the demo, but I know that doesn't always give the whole picture.

Also, is anyone going to put this in the right section and remove it from being universal?

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06-18-2013, 08:23 PM
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Originally Posted by andsoitgoes View Post
Okay, so I need some thoughts on the game from anyone who has played it.

I am decent at Final Fantasy Tactics, I enjoyed Shining Force, I have played a few other RTS games (Warcraft, Star Control).

I sucked at the original Xcom game.

I still haven't played Frozen Synapse to the point of understanding or being able to enjoy it.

Leviathan would be unplayable without my friend.

BUT...

This game looks amazing. Apparently Firaxis worked to make easy mode easier, so I wonder if I could get into it?

I really need to try out the demo, but I know that doesn't always give the whole picture.

Also, is anyone going to put this in the right section and remove it from being universal?
There are currently no imps on the UI so I can't comment on how it will feel on ios. From memory you liked Hunters and Warhammer Quest. It's comapiable to those in terms of player positioning but with a bucketload of tension and atmosphere. You name your soldiers, level them up and if they die then that's it. For me the demo didn't do it for me. It wasn't until I had put in a few hours that I was hooked. Every move counts
06-19-2013, 12:33 AM
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Originally Posted by andsoitgoes View Post
Also, is anyone going to put this in the right section and remove it from being universal?
But it is universal.
06-19-2013, 12:36 AM
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Originally Posted by Lost_Deputy View Post
Not much has been said on terms of UI etc. All we know is the negatives such as lost maps and graphical shortcomings. If the UI is put together well to emphasise ios' characteristics than hopefully it should leapfrog the limitations of a less powerful platform
I don't mind lesser visual fidelity, I would be keen on a unique campaign or some missions though.
06-19-2013, 04:31 AM
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I don't mind lesser visual fidelity, I would be keen on a unique campaign or some missions though.
Yeah that would be noice. It's almost here dude!!!! Argh!!
06-19-2013, 04:45 AM
OOOooh fack fack fack, I just bought an iphone 5, I CAN'T WAIT to see it spill its guts on xcom ! "hilfe, hiiiiiilfe !"