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XCOM and the "Dumbing Down" of Strategy Games

GameSpy - PC gamers have every reason to be suspicious of change. Change has killed beloved studios, franchises, and entire genres. When we get modern versions of old favorites, like when Jagged Alliance was supposed to be Back in Action, we often find mangled versions of better games. So I understand why fans of the original X-COM: UFO Defense are leery of how Firaxis' new XCOM: Enemy Unknown liberally changes and discards elements of its revered predecessor. X-COM wasn't broke, but Firaxis has done an awful lot of fixing.

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