XCOM: Enemy Unknown E3 trailer looks nothing like XCOM: Enemy Unknown

How exactly can one sell a turn-based tactical game to the E3 audience, who clap and roar because they recognise a character in a video game? The approach taken by XCOM: Enemy Unknown is pretending you're something else entirely with a very flashy E3 trailer.

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How exactly can one sell a turn-based tactical game to the E3 audience, those hooting, hollering troglodytes who clap and roar because they recognise a character in a video game? The approach taken by XCOM: Enemy Unknown, at least, is to pretend you're something else entirely with a very flashy E3 trailer.

Yes, though our Andrew's preview saw that it's true to the careful, cerebral original X-COM games, the E3 trailer looks more like any given testosterone-fueled shooter. Silly 2K Games!

XCOM: Enemy Unknown is due on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 this October, made by Civilization dev Firaxis. It really is a proper video game, not that you'd guess from this:

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    June 4, 2012 7:36 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, XCOM: Enemy Unknown E3 trailer looks nothing like XCOM: Enemy Unknown.

    How exactly can one sell a turn-based tactical game to the E3 audience, who clap and roar because they recognise a character in a video game? The approach taken by XCOM: Enemy Unknown is pretending you're something else entirely with a very flashy E3 trailer.

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      June 4, 2012 7:52 PM

      If any of that is in-engine, then I'm quite impressed with the visual style. It at least looks awesome! Hopefully the classic turn-based gameplay is there underneath.

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        June 4, 2012 8:32 PM

        And the irony is how it looks just like an action/FPS game, but it really is a turn based game. Simply cannot wait, definitely going to be #1 strategy game of 2012 for me, screw SC2! :P

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        June 4, 2012 11:15 PM

        pretty sure at least some of it was - that grapple hook thing was i think

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      June 4, 2012 10:01 PM

      When will the x-com series get a proper multiplayer mode, with full co-op missions or head-to-head humans vs. aleins?!

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        June 4, 2012 10:36 PM

        Shut the fuck up. Jesus christ.

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          June 4, 2012 10:39 PM

          Wait, I'm going to assume that was ironic. Sorry. You made a fine comment.

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          June 5, 2012 6:59 AM

          It would actually be fun and easy to implement.. Think advance wars.

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        June 5, 2012 1:28 AM

        Wouldn't there inherently be balance issues in a multiplayer game? The aliens start out with the upper hand...

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          June 5, 2012 6:26 AM

          There was a fan remake that added full multiplayer(not just battlescape), and yes, aliens won almost every game.

          Sadly the devs got scared that they would get a C&D/sued when XCOM(the shitty FPS) was announced and decided to stop before they finished. I think it was pretty much just X-COM AI for alien single player and the ufopedia that they needed to finish.

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      June 4, 2012 10:07 PM

      fapfapfapfapfapfpafpafpapfapfapfapfpafpafpafpapfapfapf

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      June 4, 2012 10:35 PM

      That's how you do a fucking trailer.

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        June 4, 2012 10:38 PM

        I for one would rather see emotional soldiers wallowing in sadness and sad music playing while a tear drops off their cheek in slow motion. Highlited by muzzle flash.

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      June 5, 2012 1:32 AM

      Hell yes

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      June 5, 2012 1:36 AM

      Much betterer HD version (1080p)
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNyhyzjYCks&hd=1

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      June 5, 2012 8:25 AM

      Oh man oh man oh man oh man!!!!!!!!!!! :D

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      June 5, 2012 11:01 AM

      According to 2K's website, October 9th is the release date. And there's BONUSES:

      The Elite Soldier Pack looks like early access DLC free with a preorder. Plus it includes the original X-COM blond flattop as a soldier model I guess. And there's a special edition with a bunch of neat sounding stuff, PC only...but..I buy my games on Steam. Sad emoticon.

      http://www.2kgames.com/blog/xcom-enemy-unknown-release-date-special-edition-and-more/?format=print

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      June 5, 2012 11:04 AM

      Reminds me of the intro animation of the Original Xcom.

      And I'm looking forward to the animated base looking less like a spreadsheet.

      FMVs instead of/with Text narratives to move the story along is fine with me!

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