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XCOM: Declassified: how battles work

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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 theyโ€™ve released a video showcasing how the in game battles work and it has cleared nothing up. In fact Iโ€™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 Iโ€™m rooting for the latter as I always want to see new ideas rewarded.

Last Updated: June 20, 2013

39 Comments

  1. Admiral Chief Groot Wors

    June 20, 2013 at 09:10

    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!

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    • Trevor Davies

      June 20, 2013 at 09:39

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

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      • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

        June 20, 2013 at 09:41

        LOL sounds like an african porno

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        • Trevor Davies

          June 20, 2013 at 09:49

          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 :/

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    • Aussious

      June 20, 2013 at 14:34

      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. ๐Ÿ™

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  2. HvR

    June 20, 2013 at 09:12

    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

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    • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

      June 20, 2013 at 09:16

      And from that I say WOOOOOOOOOOT

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    • Rinceyouropinion

      June 20, 2013 at 09:39

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

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  3. Unavengedavo

    June 20, 2013 at 09:15

    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.

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  4. Sir Twakkus

    June 20, 2013 at 09:17

    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.

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  5. Admiral Chief Groot Wors

    June 20, 2013 at 09:17

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

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  6. George

    June 20, 2013 at 09:24

    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.

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    • Sir Twakkus

      June 20, 2013 at 09:29

      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.

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  7. Warren Ross

    June 20, 2013 at 09:28

    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.

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    • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

      June 20, 2013 at 09:34

      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)

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      • Warren Ross

        June 20, 2013 at 09:41

        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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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        • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

          June 20, 2013 at 09:42

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

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  8. Rinceyouropinion

    June 20, 2013 at 09:39

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

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    • TechniKyle

      June 20, 2013 at 09:41

      It’s free on PSN+

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      • Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

        June 20, 2013 at 09:43

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

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        • TechniKyle

          June 20, 2013 at 09:45

          Does that mean I can be your personal assistant?

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          • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

            June 20, 2013 at 09:47

            have him send you a link of the acorn

          • TechniKyle

            June 20, 2013 at 09:47

            The acorn?

          • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

            June 20, 2013 at 09:48

            Yes

          • HvR

            June 20, 2013 at 09:48

            sounds dangerous

          • Happy Hamster

            June 20, 2013 at 09:47

            are you this lol

          • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

            June 20, 2013 at 09:47

            XDXDXD

          • TechniKyle

            June 20, 2013 at 09:48

            I don’t get it?

          • TechniKyle

            June 20, 2013 at 09:55

            What if I am? “lol”

        • HvR

          June 20, 2013 at 09:47

          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.

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        • Rinceyouropinion

          June 20, 2013 at 10:01

          Xbox 360 ๐Ÿ™ Le Sigh…

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      • Rinceyouropinion

        June 20, 2013 at 10:01

        Xbox 360 ๐Ÿ™ We be NOT having it!

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    • Andre116

      June 20, 2013 at 10:33

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

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      • Rinceyouropinion

        June 20, 2013 at 10:40

        We shall see Bond, we shall see…

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  9. TechniKyle

    June 20, 2013 at 09:49

    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! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  10. Umar Kiiroi Senk?

    June 20, 2013 at 09:50

    Wow looks awesome, love a game trying something different

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