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SUP SF! IGdood back for more Let's Playing of the XCOM franchise! Previously did a playthrough on Enemy Within http://serenesforest.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=44271 >What is XCOM 2? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qaSqxZImvjc XCOM 2 follows an alternate story where XCOM took heavy casualties and lost during Month 1. Earth's governments quickly surrendered to the aliens. 20 years later, the Commander/player and Vahlen are missing, Raymond Shen is dead, and Bradford is an alcoholic. At the game's beginning, the Commander is found and XCOM gets back into the action. However, at this point in time the aliens have already established "safe-zone" cities and made themselves to be the good guys. XCOM members are considered terrorists. >What's changed from XCOM 1? Better graphics. A lot of humanoid enemies called the Advent. They form the bulk of the aliens' military and are essentially also the police of alien territory. It's assumed they're humans with alien DNA. The actual aliens themselves from the first game have also been augmented with human DNA to give them a less intimidating look. You'll see them when the game's out. Special mention goes to unit customization. Every piece of your units can be customized, from what they're wearing on their faces to bits and pieces of their armor. Guns can get custom paint jobs and attachments and renamed. You can even write biographies on your characters, give them different accents. This is where you guys come in. Just like before, I need you to pick out how your characters will look and sound and their personal biographies. >Job Classes? Whereas before XCOM represents the global powers and the aliens strike from the unknown, it's the other way around now. XCOM is a guerrilla force, and the opening turns consist of staying stealthed and setting up ambushes. After contact is made, the mission proceeds like that from the first game. The classes will be using the following format: Old Name --> New Name Assault --> Ranger: Able to use rifles and shotguns. Also carries a fuckhueg sword on their back which can be used after a Dashing move. Can choose to specialize in sword techniques or stealth techniques. Heavy --> Grenadier: Able to use grenade launchers and miniguns. Can choose to specialize in blowing shit up or perforating shit up. Support --> Specialist: Commands a flying drone called a gremlin. Can choose to specialize in buffing and healing allies or hacking/stunning enemy robotics to turn them over to XCOM's side temporarily. Sniper --> Sharpshooter: Isn't really different from the sniper in the first game. Able to specialize in using the sniper rifle or in using pistols so they can become effective whilst getting into position. Also, revolvers are fucking sexy. Unknown 5th Class: Jake Solomon said we probably won't be informed what the 5th class is until release. Speculation ranges from a dedicated Psi powers class to a dog to an alien-human hybrid to an alien defector to a infiltrator/saboteur class. Psi Operative: Yup, dedicated Psi powers class. No longer a subclass like in EU/EW. Doesn't level up in battle, only back at the base. Powers that they learn are chosen randomly too. 6th Class: Announced as DLC that will be coming in the summer months after release. Titled "Shen's Last Gift" so possibly like the MEC of Enemy Within. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Customization options pictures begin here, use them to fill this form out: First Name: Surname: Callsign/Nickname: Gender: Preferred Class (choose from Rookie, Sharpshooter, Grenadier, Ranger, Specialist, Psi Operative): Nationality: XCOM Operative, VIP (rescuable NPC), or Dark VIP (enemy NPC): Helmet/Hat: Arms (Specify what type - Kevlar, Resistance Kevlar, Predator, etc): Legs (Specify what type - Kevlar, Resistance Kevlar, Predator, etc): Torso (Specify what type - Kevlar, Resistance Kevlar, Predator, etc): Upper Face: Lower Face: Face Paint: Weapon Camo: Armor Camo: Left Arm Tattoo: Right Arm Tattoo: Scars: Face: Hair (Male): Hair (Female): Facial Hair: Hair Color: Eye Color: Race: Skin Color: Main Armor Color: Secondary Armor Color: Weapon Color: Voice: (determines their accent for English, also there are Spanish, Italian, French and German voices too) Stance & Attitude: Biography: (can be as long as you want) Basic Info Nationalities (affects flag on their back) These options are for your looks Also Armor Color and Gun Color Hat/Helmet Torso, Arms, and Legs Upper Face Props Lower Face Props Camo Patterns for Armor and Gun. (only armor shown, too much effort to take and put everything together in MS Paint) Face Paint (From Pre Order DLC) Tattoo (arms independent of each other, but both arms share the same pool) Scars Races and Faces Hairstyles (some incompatible with hats and helmets) And male facial hair Eye Color, Skin Color Stances (Affects how they behave and their lines in-game) Classes!
Many years back, before Enemy Unknown/Enemy Within was even conceived, 2K Games decided to shoulder the burden of rebooting XCOM. Unfortunately, that turned out poorly. Extremely. Fucking. Poorly. Perhaps because Mass Effect was popular at the time, but they decided to go with Third Person Shooter game play with pausing and issuing commands to your squad. For starters, that ran contrary to XCOM at the soul. XCOM was supposed to be a turn based tactical/strategy game. An extremely troubled development cycle didn't help either. At first they wanted to emphasize the investigative aspects of XCOM. You're an agent sent out to investigate anomalies and incidents across the US, document your findings, and turn them in for research when you get back. Then they scrapped a year's worth of development and began anew as a shooter with lots of alien blasting. More info on it here: http://www.polygon.com/features/2013/8/19/4614410/xcom-the-bureau-development-2006-2013 When the game was first announced, a lot of fans flipped their shit. 1950s? Shooter? Yup, definitely not XCOM. The funny part is that backlash gave Jake Solomon the opportunity to develop XCOM Enemy Unknown to recreate the old games in modern fashion. That one had its own troubled development of sorts, but a far cry from The Bureau's/XCOM Declassified's. But I took the plunge and played through The Bureau. I ended up really liking it. I like XCOM in general and the lore of the XCOM universe. The game's story wasn't anything unique nor profound, but what appealed to me were the tiny little details. In true 2K and Bioshock fashion, you had to go around to look for bits and pieces of the minutiae that put together the story. Sure, there was a big narrative and some important plot points happen in cutscene, but everything else was up to the player to find. Also, mixing the clothing and technology of the era with XCOM material in general did make for some unique art designs. All the screenshots for the playthrough have already been done. Now it's just posting them here so you can take a look. Many people haven't played it due to its reputation, but it's worth the bargain bin price. The Bureau is also confirmed to be a canon prequel to XCOM EU/EW and XCOM 2. In EU/EW, a certain research file refers to redacted files from the 1960s, which is what happened in the Bureau's ending when the council of Earth decided to erase everything that happened in order to avoid a public uproar. Link to my XCOM Enemy Within Playthrough: http://serenesforest.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=44271 Link to my XCOM 2 Playthrough: http://serenesforest.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=59276 Let's begin. I didn't originally plan on posting it here so things might seem to have some gaps, but rest assured I screenshotted a lot of the important things and I'll fill it in with what I remember. I don't feel like playing through it again.