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I'm a fan of the original series and I've found out about this game just now!

WOOT! The release is tomorrow!

Official website: http://www.xcom.com

There is a bunch of reviews here, but I've especially enjoyed this one.

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Pre-loaded and ready to go, the demo was all I needed to get hyped about this game.

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I'm definitely hyped for this but one of the reviews I read mentioned how much better it was with a controller than K/B. That just boggles my mind and has me waiting now. I want to hear from others how it plays on PC (with PC controls) before I purchase.

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I read about this game and honestly was not very interested in it......never heard of the series. After playing the Demo I believe I may end up buying it. I like strategy games in general but never really played a turn-based game, but I think the mechanics work well together....feels like a game of chess where it is not physically skill based at all (like most FPS games) and instead you can take as much time as you want planning out what you are doing then take action.

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Loving this game, am getting sick and tired of losing soldiers but I refuse to reload even though I am not on ironman. So many things to mange is awesome but also tough to keep up with. Started playing at 12:45 tonight and was like ok I'll just 1 or 2 missions, all the sudden it's 2:30 AM. This game is a must have IMO if you like any type of strategy.

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I'm playing permadeath ans it's hard when I start becoming attached to the squadmates.

I really wish there were more voices. All of the countries have American accents!

I know it be impossible to have accents for every country, but you could use some accents for multiple countries.

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love it love it love it love it love!!! it's 1994 all over again! playing on PC and it's so awesome. obviously it's just the original in circa 2007 graphics, but that's cool! and of course everyone has an American accent, and no matter if you're in Germany or Hydrabad, everywhere looks the same heh heh. but it's the awesome game we loved so much back then and i am lovin it!

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It's an awesome game, BUT, ruined by the game stopping bugs. Luckily that'll be taken care of with time, but right now :(

Also I do wish there was a little more freedom and a little less hand holding and guiding. like "research this now", " go to this next plot thing now". it's hard to pace the game as you want, and play as you want.

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It's an awesome game, BUT, ruined by the game stopping bugs. Luckily that'll be taken care of with time, but right now :(

Also I do wish there was a little more freedom and a little less hand holding and guiding. like "research this now", " go to this next plot thing now". it's hard to pace the game as you want, and play as you want.

I just ignore the research this now stuff.

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Also kind of annoying that in most maps exploring is discouraged, since aliens don't "exist"/move unless you detect them.

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I've been playing this game exclusively since it was released last week...

There have been lot's of improvements compared to the original, but I also feel that some things have been simplified too much which is slightly disappointing.

Overall, it's given me great gaming experience and it's been worth every penny! The tactical combat is now so much more enjoyable!

I'm very close to completing it on normal with losing just one soldier in total.

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Hawk, maybe I didn't lay attention, but which platform? On PC its super sleek. I agree there's a lot of hand holding, but it's fine, even on normal this ain't a cake walk.

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PC, check their official forums there's tons of reports of issues, I haven't seen most of them. But I have one of them, and it's completely game stopping since it locks up the whole game during alien activity on some maps.

Luckily I don't have much time to play games during the week at the moment so I can wait. It might also not be 100% Win8 compatible.

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I'm playing on classic - ironman difficulty now after having beaten the game on normal.

I gotta say that ironman is a lot more fun and enjoyable because, despite being a bit more challenging, you gotta be pro-active playing it, you don't have to worry about saving the game anymore, and I don't get stressed out if I make a mistake or go back to loading a saved game and thereby losing lotsa time.

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I think I'm going to jump to Ironman as well. Should have started from the beginning with it. Right now I'm on Classic but finding myself reloading a successful mission if I lose a soldier.

I've only had one issue thus far and it was a CTD during the training mission. Completely crashed out, not even an error message. Reloaded and everything was fine. I'm playing on PC, I do wish the camera was a little more friendly and maneuverable. Pretty much my only complaint so far. Loving it.

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I love it how (on many occasions) my squad leader, a sniper colonel by the way can miss a 85-90% chance but one of my lower ranked heavys can somehow pull off some serious bull**** 20-35% shots with criticals too. Makes me want to punch my monitor sometimes.

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Maybe someone can answer me this: does it make sense to storm the base as soon as you make the option available, or do you really need to be prepared?

For example, I've had the assault the base option available for quite a while now, and by that point I think the toughest thing I had seen was a beserker. Instead of assaulting the base I've waited because I want to kit out my guys with the top armour and weapons first. During this time though I have come across these mechwarrior units which are considerably more of a pain to take out.

My question is this: If I had assaulted the base earlier, would beserkers have been the worst enemy I face, or would the mechwarriors and higher difficulty aliens be there anyway?

Just wondering, since in my current game my plan of waiting for better equipment seems to have backfired quite badly, and I'm trying to think if I need to be better at resource management or if there is another route I could have taken; such as assaulting the base when I first got the chance.

EDIT: Oh, and this game rocks. I'm taking my PS3 round to a friend's place in a bit for an X-Com gamers evening, we love it.

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If you mean the first Alien base, where you have to make the key, there's no berserkers there. and you can do it easily if you do it smart and follow a single path and play it safe.

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Hawk is right, the first base on normal isn't that difficult. also Hawk, I sort of see what you mean regarding the glitches in the PC version, but they were not that severe. I had one where areas of a map would go dark and characters would get stuck/couldn't pass those areas. also, my final mission was won by a panic reaction shot from one of my squadmates (my squad was basically decimated). that was sort of idiotic, but hey, I guess it's the randomness of war...

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Well that's some interesting information if you read between the lines. So I've apparently got a way to go. "the FIRST Alien base."

Forget setting the phasers to stun then, right?

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JUST finished the game. Very nice, I enjoyed it greatly. My boy Marco the squad leader and sniper took the final shot for me too :D

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What's the file extensions/name of the Xcom save games ?

I had an unfortunate situation where I had the RTM version on my laptop and then I got the cheap upgrade+free refund from acer so I did a full factory reset and did did the upgrade to final. and expected my Norton 360 backup to have actually... you know, backed up my files. but apparently it was very selective on what file it backed up.

if I have the extensions I can see if there's still a chance to recover them, though I suspect it's way to late now with all the stuff installed. and then I'll probably not end up playing again for a long time as I hate replaying games, I'm not much for that anymore.

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The new expansion pack, can you continue after your saved game or do you have you have to start a new game?

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The expansion, XCOM: ENEMY WITHIN, is coming out in a few days. Is anyone excited / buying it?

 

I think I'll give it a try.

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