XCOM E3 demo video: 20 minutes of gameplay

We can now all watch the 20-minute XCOM reboot demo build shown off at E3, which reflects "some pretty aggressive design changes" made to capture more of the original feeling.


2K Marin's 20-minute presentation of XCOM shown at E3 in June is now available in handy video format, so we can all enjoy a good look at its reboot of the much-loved X-COM series, and pretend that we're video games press about to write previews.

The demo is commentated by XCOM narrative director Jordan Thomas, who explains in a written introduction that it reflects "some pretty aggressive design changes" 2K Marin has made since unveiling the game in 2010.

"Our first crack at adapting XCOM to a more personal, real-time experience was way too much within our creative 'comfort zone,'" Thomas writes. "It was kind of a run-and-gun affair, without a lot of focus on the command of your squad, or indeed on tactical play itself."

Our Garnett Lee noted, when he saw this demo build at E3, "It's not the turn-based tactical combat game of the old games, but what I saw came a lot closer to getting the XCOM 'vibe.'" Now you can watch for yourself and make up your own mind.

XCOM is slated to launch for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on March 6, 2012.

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    August 26, 2011 12:15 PM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, XCOM E3 demo video: 20 minutes of gameplay.

    We can now all watch the 20-minute XCOM reboot demo build shown off at E3, which reflects "some pretty aggressive design changes" made to capture more of the original feeling.

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      August 26, 2011 12:18 PM


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        August 26, 2011 12:28 PM

        Really I thought it was pretty damn cool, made me want to play it, how many FPS play like that?

        I digged the style too, I love alien tech shit like this, maybe its the name XCOM that ercks a lot of people.

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          August 26, 2011 1:06 PM

          Agree. The game looks awesome. Really, the only thing wrong with it is the name (at least to people who know what it means).

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            August 28, 2011 5:06 PM

            I'll grant I don't know how far the gameplay was into the game but the big thing I remember about XCOM is the feeling you were always fighting a losing battle. Remember your first mission against a downed spacecraft? There was usually 1 gray in the ship and you were bloody lucky to come out the other side without losing one or two crew members.

            Seeing 3 guys take out 30 or more supposedly technologically advanced aliens, while very cinematic and oozing of eyecandy, made it feel like the aliens were the underdog.

            I like a lot of what they're showing here visually but the feel of the gameplay leaves me entirely underwhelmed.

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      August 26, 2011 12:26 PM

      Shit I love what I am seeing this is hot, on my list 100%, yeah yeah its not old school XCOM, who cares I want this game.

      This is what it takes to stand out good on them for making a cool game that looks fresh, I am impressed.

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        August 26, 2011 12:54 PM

        I agree. I like that they were handed a plate with the X-COM IP and did their own thing

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        August 26, 2011 1:07 PM

        Is there any game you don't like though?

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      August 26, 2011 12:42 PM

      This doesn't seem so terrible if you conceptualize it as a Mass Effect-esque RPG instead of a strategy game.

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      August 26, 2011 12:44 PM

      I can't help but thing about how much better this game would look if they just had gone with the 50's style grey aliens with flying saucers. It would have been kind of cliche, but I think it would have worked better with the setting if they did it correctly.
      Also It would have matched closer to the original X-Com as well.

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        August 26, 2011 11:08 PM

        I agree. Little grey aliens would have been better. Thing that turns me off the most is the combat.

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      August 26, 2011 1:21 PM

      Wow, that's come a really, really long way since the first videos.

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      August 26, 2011 2:14 PM

      I still dislike it. Looks boring as all hell, XCOM or not.

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      August 26, 2011 6:51 PM

      Wow I thought that looked really good, maybe not so much XCOM but still awesome.

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      August 26, 2011 8:07 PM

      That looked surprisingly good. I liked the look of the aliens/tech. Actually fairly unique.

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      August 26, 2011 8:19 PM

      looks interesting. I like the art direction

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        August 26, 2011 11:04 PM

        everything looks good except for the aliens. They look horrible and visually uninteresting.

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          August 26, 2011 11:32 PM

          I think they look awesome and actually alien for once. I was kind of disappointed when I saw at some point they went 'fuckit, and theres some guys with guns'.

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          August 27, 2011 5:56 AM

          Me too. If they were going to go with the 1950s, they should have used 1950s aliens.

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        August 27, 2011 3:48 AM

        like those pointy 60s boobs on the boss lady?

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      August 27, 2011 1:51 AM

      As I've been saying for months, the gameplay looks awesome. It's a shame that so many people won't end up giving it a chance out of some weird sense of nostalgia.

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        August 27, 2011 3:50 AM

        Quite the opposite for me. I want to play a new xcom game put of nostalgia, however, the gameplqy looks uninteresting. Brothers In Arms with aliens and superpowers.

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        August 27, 2011 4:18 AM

        Yeah I'm kind of glad I could leave my nostalgia at the door and dig this on its own merits.

        I also feel pretty confident we'll one day see a proper return to XCOM's roots, and it will be quite awesome.

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        August 27, 2011 5:55 AM

        This is the first time the gameplay or anything about this game looked good. Everything before looks terrible.

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      August 27, 2011 3:47 AM

      looks like it could be okay but its not XCOM. that narrator talked too much and the cover system kinda made me groan

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      August 27, 2011 4:34 AM

      It looks a bit better than expected and I actually rather like the look except for the aliens.

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        August 27, 2011 5:51 AM

        I'd be fine with it as long as there are many types of aliens.

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      August 27, 2011 5:58 AM

      This is the first video to change mine mind. This actually looks pretty good. The aliens still look terrible but at least the game play and the art style is coming together.

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      August 27, 2011 9:04 AM

      While this game doesn't look terrible, it just doesn't look like a game that deserves the name it's been given. Personally, I wish they would just give up on the notion of trying to appeal to the fans of the classic X-Com franchise by trying to claim some features are "kinda like" the classic games. It's not, plain and simple. Instead, they should stop trying to please everyone, make this game an original that can stand on it's own and change the title to be more like a spin-off of the X-Com tactical games. As it stands now, this game looks like it should be called "Brothers In Arms: Alien Invasion!"

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      August 27, 2011 5:48 PM

      The guy seems to keep trying to make weak links from this game to the original X-Com games. I might be more sold if they actually tried to some more X-Com like stuff. Haven't seen much so I'm still hoping to see stuff like your men panicking, getting mind controlled.

      Other things are inconsistent with X-Com eg. using alien tech before you researched it, agents with "super powers"

      Might be a good game but using the X-Com name isn't helping them IMO

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      August 28, 2011 5:19 AM

      This looks promising.

      A splash of Bioshock, a hint of Mass Effect, sprinkled with Fallout 3, with a mild Brothers in Arms aftertaste.

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