On my new computer, I finally had a chance to sit down and play XCOM 2 War of the Chosen by Firaxis, without the technical issues plaguing my old PC and see the game in its full light. I’ve said many times over that Firaxis’s take on the venerable franchise comes close to being my perfect game, but the issues I have with it keep it from that lofty position.
This year, I’ve been able to play a variety of tactical strategy games, and I can finally put into words why I feel XCOM and XCOM 2 just don’t work for me from a design perspective.
For this week’s Dissecting Design, we’re going back to look at one of the greatest video games of all time: X-Com UFO Defense. In this video, I talked about how X-Com combined different systems to create a unique take on strategy design.
Please note, due to problems with OBS, I had to record the game like this, as full screen it wasn’t working.