XCOM 2 Catch-All

One of the best things about it is that it is so amenable to manipulation. If you just want a quickie campaign, just the original is great. Turn off all the extra missions, and you can go pretty quick.

Budo wrote:

It's funny, I toyed around with Phoenix Point which is supposedly a good game, but the whole time I'm playing it I'm thinking I'd rather reinstall XCOM2.

Yeah. XCOM 2 really is something special. Put the new innovations from Chimera Squad in with everything from it and give me XCOM 3 already!

Also: that interview with Jake Solomon and Julian Gollup where Solomon was really self-deprecating and deferential in the light of Gollup's praise really takes on an interesting new character now. Because XCOM 2 is just a better game.

I agree, but also recognize that there are plenty of people out there who prefer the more simulation-y stategic layer of Phoenix Point. And in the early game I find it pretty fun, but eventually it bogs down too much and trying to keep track of everything becomes a huge chore. Which might be ok if I enjoyed the tactical layer more, but other than a few neat features (manual aiming, simulated bullet physics, etc), I really don't.

Which is why I'm back playing XCOM2.

Yeah, I don't think Phoenix Point is a bad game, just nowhere near as good as XCOM2, IMHO.

What is the consensus on Xenonauts 2 here then? I know it’s still in Early Access but it seems promising enough.

Brainsmith wrote:

What is the consensus on Xenonauts 2 here then? I know it’s still in Early Access but it seems promising enough.

I really enjoyed the first version. It looks like v2 is a technology upgrade from v1. I'm going to wait a while for it to bake more before jumping in.

Brainsmith wrote:

What is the consensus on Xenonauts 2 here then? I know it’s still in Early Access but it seems promising enough.

I’ve had a blast playing it through its various iterations of backer builds. It’s the closest modern facsimile of the original XCOM games. However, that also all it is. Don’t go looking for any originality.

It’s also quite hard. That’s in no way a bad thing, but if you fall behind the power curve you’re toast.