XCOM: Declassified: how battles work


Darryn went hands on with the upcoming XCOM: Declassified a while back and in general he had positive feelings about the title but as always we are all a little wary of how they are going to transform this cult title.

Well now they’ve released a video showcasing how the in game battles work and it has cleared nothing up. In fact I’m more confused than ever now whether this is a third person shooter or a turn based strategy game.

Which means this could be way too complicated to enjoy or they are going to break new ground and merge two distinctly different genres.

Personally I’m rooting for the latter as I always want to see new ideas rewarded.

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  • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

    You know what, I’m LOOOOOVING the XCOM I’m currently addicted to (EU), and I love turn based games. The way things are in my life I cannot always give 100% focus to something, and turn based really is perfect for me currently.

    If you have not played XCOM EU, get your ass over there to jam it NOW!

    • Trevor Davies

      My ass is currently being dominated by Dark Souls again :/

      • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

        LOL sounds like an african porno

        • Trevor Davies

          Met eish ja lol.

          I stopped playing it when Borderlands 2 came out, finally started again yesterday because after watching the cricket for 30 minutes I thought I needed some more punishment. I’ve forgotten everything. Now a Chimera is kicking my ass around the park :/

          • http://www.idontlikegamingiloveit.com Tateboetie Malaaitie

            Dark Souls available on Pc?

          • Trevor Davies

            Yip, it is sweet like a lemon.

          • http://www.idontlikegamingiloveit.com Tateboetie Malaaitie


    • Aussious

      I actually stopped playing EU a few weeks ago I’am at point in the game were the aliens keeping owning my ass, I can’t bare to watch my Starring characters die, its like watching ME3 ending all over again sniff,sniff…too sad. :-(

  • HvR

    From the video I say real-time pause and play strategy game (like they had in Xcom: Apocolypse) but out of a first and third person perspective

    • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

      And from that I say WOOOOOOOOOOT

    • Rinceyouropinion

      Let’s say I am mildly turned on by this, in both 3rd and 1st person modes…

  • Unavengedavo

    Well Bethesda had to create the V.A.T.S system for Fallout 3 to cater for the aiming in the previous turn based games. So I am sure these guys are doing the same type of hybrid to be able to give your squad orders.

  • Sir Twakkus

    Doesn’t seem that complicated to me, though it probably is going to take a bit of time getting use to. You play third person but give orders to your comrades as in XCOM EU. Seems fun and personally I cannot wait for it to be released.

  • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

    Good lord my drool bucket is full….RELOAD RELOAD RELOAD

  • George

    I wasn’t really interested in this, but now I am rather intrigued. Maybe I should go back to EU. Stopped playing it when my best squad members all got injured and had to go into an impossible mission with rookies… It didn’t end well.

    • Sir Twakkus

      Lol, that is why I always save before a mission. I know, I know its not the “real” XCOM experience but to lose all your soldiers is just too painful. Btw you could always just skip a mission until your squad is ready again.

  • Warren Ross

    I still don’t get the tie-in with the original IP…part of the appeal of XCom (old and new) is the slowly unfolding mystery surrounding the aliens themselves and, as the conflict escalates, the development of your own technology to match it.

    This just looks like another action game with aliens in it…I dunno.

    • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

      I get what you are saying, but I think its like this: Ppl these days have moerse short attention spans, as in really short. So to appeal to the masses they make the game take longer etc.

      I’m planning to attempt the “marathon” mode on XCOM EU after my third playtrough (current)

      • Warren Ross

        My first playthrough was normal difficulty with ironman on: nerve wracking, lost half my team late in the campaign but managed to claw back. Next I want to try the same with classic difficulty. Great remake IMO :)

        • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

          Agreed, ironman mode classic is next on my list, doing continent for continent startup currently (did NA, then Africa and currently Asia start)

  • Rinceyouropinion

    Anyone want to sell me Xcom for cheap!? I need to kick the seven shades of snot our of Andre…

    • TechniKyle

      It’s free on PSN+

      • http://www.twitter.com/WobblyOnion Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

        Was just about to say that, but I got beaten to it.

        • TechniKyle

          Does that mean I can be your personal assistant?

          • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

            have him send you a link of the acorn

          • TechniKyle

            The acorn?

          • Admiral Chief Groot Wors


          • HvR

            sounds dangerous

          • Happy Hamster

            are you this lol

          • Admiral Chief Groot Wors


          • TechniKyle

            I don’t get it?

          • TechniKyle

            What if I am? “lol”

        • HvR

          Was my gripe from the start, the whole point of Enemy unknown was unexpected alien colonization fighting off the alien terror with no armor and normal guns. Just surviving and scrounging for alien tech to build a resistance.

          I got the feel from subsequent games that they built on it.

          Wish they would drop the Xcom from the title.

        • Rinceyouropinion

          Xbox 360 :( Le Sigh…

      • Rinceyouropinion

        Xbox 360 :( We be NOT having it!

    • Andre116

      Lol. You shouldn’t drink at work. Makes you say crazy things.

      • Rinceyouropinion

        We shall see Bond, we shall see…

  • TechniKyle

    I’m really looking forward to this game. Aside from dystopian fiction, I really like seeing aliens in games. Go aliens! Also, it’s out the same week as my birthday! :D

  • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

    Wow looks awesome, love a game trying something different

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