|"Lieutenant Keller, please complete task #47 within the following time constraints."|
So when K got all excited about the release of the 2012 version, I was like, "That's nice, dear," but obviously didn't share the same enthusiasm. Turns out I was totally wrong! Despite it still being turn-based and grid-based, the new XCOM is so much more watchable:
- The controls for the soldiers have been streamlined and simplified (aka made faster).
- Action sequences feel more intense with documentary-style battle cinematics.
- The battles are much shorter because the maps are smaller and less emphasis has been placed managing micro-details.
K had gotten the PC Collector's Edition for XCOM, which came with an artbook, poster, and a patch of the XCOM insignia. Then he came up with a brilliant idea of what to do with the badge...
|Wardrobe of the non-combatant XCOM personnel|
|K's new sweater knit jacket with XCOM insignia|
|Close-up of the professionally attached XCOM patch|
Looks pretty similar, no? I have to admit, I wasn't brave enough to try and attach the patch myself without potentially ruining K's brand new Christmas gift, so we found a local seamstress to make it look flawless. This is a prime example of K's fashion aesthetic – covertly geeky. ^_~
Anyway, XCOM ended up being a win-win situation for us. K has a new stealth-geek addition to his closet that he's not embarrassed to wear, and I have an engrossing game that I can actively pester him to play. Now I just need to spread the XCOM addiction to everyone else... :P