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Enemy Within, the expansion set to XCOM: Enemy Unknown added new character customisation: hair styles, colour combinations — and a 1950s fedora. The result above (you can call him Fedora Mech) is the strangest-looking — or coolest-looking — soldier XCOM has ever seen.
Few things fill me with dread like the first terror response mission in XCOM. Kidney stones, for sure. The DMV. But that terror mission — which costs you a nation on the spot if you flunk it — comes when your force is young and underpowered. I know I’m gonna lose someone. I’m probably gonna lose two someones.
If we can’t see Council Man himself rolling up his sleeves and throwing the hell down, then Central Officer Bradford pistol whipping some bastard-arse traitor in XCOM: Enemy Within will have to do.
Strategy games have a tendency to straddle an area between slow, decisive moves and the chaos of action happening seemingly out of your hands and all around you. Some strategy games are slower-paced than others. As tense as things can get in XCOM: Enemy Unknown, it’s more or less leaned towards the ease of turn-based decisions than the rush of other games of its kind.
The Bureau: XCOM Declassified regroups on the Xbox 360 with its first new downloadable missions, which will be exclusive to that platform. In it, players will explore events before the extraterrestrial attack on Groom Range that kicked off the main game’s story.
It figures that right after I write my hands-on preview of XCOM: Enemy Within, Firaxis would then release the video of its PAX closed-doors demonstration. (Video during my playthrough was forbidden.) Well, it’s worth the double-dip, because you can see some things I forgot to mention.
At the beginning of the latest video for XCOM: Enemy Within you can see some hideous tentacled thing that turns invisible and sneaks up on a lone soldier to strangle him, facehugger-style. That’s a Seeker, and its original concept looked even more dreadful.
This November, Kotaku game-of-the-year-winner XCOM: Enemy Unknown is getting its first substantial expansion, Enemy Within. It’ll feature a bunch of new abilities, weapons, enemies, and other changes. It sounds really good.