Seeing footage of XCOM: Enemy Unknown at this year’s PAX: East quickly reminded me how much I longed for the glory days of well executed turn based strategy. Not only did the XCOM look incredible, it also seemed to mysteriously capture the tone and pedigree of the original title. If you’re anything like myself and have been waiting for a proper release day for this long anticipated title, we’ve got great news, the wait is almost over! XCOM is set to invade North America on October 9th 2012 for both 360 and PC. (click for more info)
The internets are all a-buzz with the leak of potential box art for ME3 depicting the “Better with Kinect” band. I say, relax everyone. Better with Kinect also means “Kinect not required”. You’ll more than likely be able to play your favorite RPG-turned-FPS without any interference from that nasty peripheral that requires you to move your body. Try to see the potential — the game might enable voice commands to your squad or beat Star Wars to the punch with gestures to enable powers. Or maybe something even simpler than that such as gesture based activation of renegade and paragon actions. I’m just saying… have a little faith in the BioWare crew.
This game has entered a much larger world than when it first debuted as a non-EA property. I’ve had my own gripes with the way the gameplay and story has evolved over the past few years, but I’m not jumping ship. I’d also wager that the community, at-large, is going to pick up this game even if there’s no marketing between now and release. So, here’s looking forward to (hopefully) Q1 2012. “XBox, initiate alien love sequence.”