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August 23rd, 2012, 22:19
His gut is probably in a good mood from eating pies.
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August 24th, 2012, 19:09
New trailer out today: Casualties of War
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August 24th, 2012, 19:51
Nice. What's the alien that looks like a ghoul in a black suit?
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August 27th, 2012, 15:57
Thin Man. Spits poison and is very mobile.

First time I'd seen that unit, actually. Someone put up a link that had a little info about it, but I don't remember which article it was.

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August 27th, 2012, 19:47
Hmm there must be a backstory there why he looks so human? Some alien/human hybrid?
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August 27th, 2012, 21:27
I assumed it was a "they walk among us" kinda thing, but I don't know that I had any actual evidence to back that up.

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August 27th, 2012, 22:57
"Our operatives use the best we have to offer". No helmets? What the heck?
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August 27th, 2012, 23:05
Ah, that could be it. Interesting. I hope this turns out good!

Helmets = no pretties for the cinematic kill cams.

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August 29th, 2012, 00:46
Approx. an hour's worth of real game footage with the devs, incl. two missions and some base sightseeing. Interesting stuff.

http://www.twitch.tv/2k/b/330155062

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August 29th, 2012, 08:53
And it's been posted to YouTube. Looking good! Interestingly there's multiplayer.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VP4YmExQAE
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August 29th, 2012, 10:13
Yes, there is Multiplayer. An press article says that in MP mode one can play the "aliens" and use their "psy-powers".

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August 29th, 2012, 17:32
The maps seem very small compared to the original. Also where is the boarding of shot down ufos?
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September 7th, 2012, 19:20
Pre-order info and official system specs…

http://www.bluesnews.com/s/135011/xc…s-system-specs
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September 8th, 2012, 01:53
Requires Windows Vista or higher and an 8000 series… so it requires DirectX 10. That seems to be the trend this year. (But still now 64-bit requirement.)
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September 8th, 2012, 18:20
Originally Posted by Lurking Grue View Post
Approx. an hour's worth of real game footage with the devs, incl. two missions and some base sightseeing. Interesting stuff.

http://www.twitch.tv/2k/b/330155062
Worth watching. I see no improvements on the turn based sequence as the studio claimed they would bring.

One side I dont like: aliens come very numerous against a small squad.

Lost part of the charm of some other episodes when human beings were clearly less powerful than their aliens counterpart, getting to a one alien vs human squad balancing.
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September 25th, 2012, 02:09
OK, guys. A demo is available on Steam. At least in theory. I can't seem to download it currently…

http://store.steampowered.com/app/200510/
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September 25th, 2012, 02:18
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OK, guys. A demo is available on Steam. At least in theory. I can't seem to download it currently…

http://store.steampowered.com/app/200510/
Thanks for the heads up, downloading now.
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September 25th, 2012, 02:51
Sweet… I'll grab it as soon as I get home.
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September 25th, 2012, 04:04
Finished the demo, very short. 2 missions. the first one you are told what to do and involves pretty much just right clicking. second you get to control.

What I played was fun but I'm a sucker for turn based strategy. Actually never played xcom before though I think I will definitively need to read a manual.

Not happy with the controls, mouse feels laggy also you rotate the camera with q and e would have much preferred holding right mouse button to rotate camera. f and c to zoom in and out. right click to move but left click to open a door and yet space to attack. Just doesn't seem very intuitive. Maybe it was made for a controller, which would seem odd, a turn based strategy made for controller???

Anyway despite the controls it did start to grab me. The combat anyway. Not enough here to really judge the game.

Only had about 15 min with the game so maybe their are other ways to control the game but I didn't see anywhere in the game to remap them.
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September 25th, 2012, 06:43
I just finished, too. The mouse seemed fine to me. Rotating the camera with Q and E makes sense but it jumps between four views instead of simply rotating while I have a key pressed down - which I don't like so much. Plus they are the reverse of what I expected.

I definitely like the combat. I haven't played this kind of turn-based tactics since… I don't know, Jagged Alliance 2? Eons. After my second battle I had all but the medic injured and out for a few days but the next event was listed as being that far away anyway.

The reward for the Florida mission is 4 scientists and we get a tantalizing message about how you need to build a lab for them and that labs are better when connected but the demo ends before you can fiddle with building.

You're going to have a tough time figuring out if you'll like the game based on this demo but it can serve as a tech demo to see if your PC can handle it.
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