Finished: XCOM Enemy Unknown

…on Normal, non-ironman. Which hardly counts, but I’m still posting it here and striking it from the list!

I look forward to the crushing difficulty of the higher levels on ironman.  I can’t stress enough how good this game is if you’re a fan of turn-based tactical games.

Next game will be something older, in the interest of actually making progress, I promise!

Two possibilities exist…

…that I will play XCOM, or that I will play WoW. Each is equally a time sink.

I’m absolutely loving XCOM: Enemy Unknown.  WoW:MoP is a begrudging second choice at the moment as I combat the alien invasion of Earth.

I wouldn’t say it’s identical to the original in terms of game play.  Quite a bit has changed in fact, but the spirit of the game remains the same.  A secret para-military organisation commissioned to defend the world from alien invaders.  You need to build a squad, salvage and research alien tech, replace fallen squad members, and stage a counterattack, all while keeping global panic at manageable levels to maintain your funding.  Almost all of the original gameplay elements are there, with the notable exception of having to fend off alien attacks against your own base, an unfortunate exclusion that the developers themselves explained and apologised in advance for.

Lots of fun, and very satisfying.  I will definitely be playing through this one multiple times and on higher difficulties.

R.I.P. Major Ahmed “Atlas” Mansoor – You carried the world and your squad

Retrospective: Beyond Good & Evil

I can’t say enough good about this game.  The characters are fun, the game looks great for its age, and the story is good enough to keep you interested.  An excellent choice if you have a few hours to kill and want a zelda-ish adventure game to explore.  Taking pictures of the surrounding fauna is much more entertaining than it appears on the surface as well!

I suppose I should write something up here about a game I didn’t like at some point… coming soon!

Here I Go Again

Well, my playing of other games has been soundly pushed aside by Mists of Pandaria. I don’t want this to turn into a WoW blog so I won’t say much more about it here.

I’m looking forward to the upcoming release of XCOM: Enemy Unknown, maybe that will pull me away long enough to have something to write about!