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XCOM: Enemy Unknown

In Video Games on January 25, 2013 at 8:50 pm

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It’s not often you hear about a true modern success story where the invigoration of old franchises are concerned. Caught between competing pressures to widen the appeal, to say true to the original, to fix what needs fixing but also to leave broken the sacred cows, most games are pushed too far in one direction. The resultant product may bear little resemblance to its namesake, or it may be missing features true fans considered essential. Worse yet, it may be a true and faithful update that is marred by all the problems of the original, with no progress or improvements, doomed to please “fans of the original” and little else.

That said, I’m the kind of bastard that never seems to have played the original and care little for legacies or sacred cows. I want a good game. I enjoyed Syndicate and only wish it wasn’t part of that franchise so it could have gotten a fair shake. Deus Ex: Invisible War was as good an implementation of Deus Ex on consoles as could be done at the time and is still a very good game.

So while XCOM: Enemy Unknown is by leaps and bounds a faithful reproduction of the original with a number of necessary improvements to the overall formula, to me it’s much more important that it is simply a good, addictive game.

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2013’s Games That Are Coming Out In 2013 (Eventually) (2013 Edition) For 2013

In Video Games on January 15, 2013 at 10:59 pm

With the new year freshly under our feet, let’s take a look ahead at what’s going to be draining our wallets this time.

Whether the next generation’s pending announcement, rumored to be even before the GDC in March, will impact your anticipation or purchasing plans is, of course, a personal matter best left to vociferous ramblings in public forums.

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