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Gameinformer February Cover Revealed

"This is the announcement you've been waiting for: One of the most beloved strategy titles of all time re-imagined by one of the best strategy studios in the world. Firaxis Games' XCOM: Enemy Unknown introduces a wider console audience to what made the storied franchise great in the first place." (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

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StraightPath  +   1493d ago
wow after all the wishful thinking for Star Wars Battlefront 3
Snookies12  +   1493d ago
Umm, I hardly care about strategy games, so yeah... I agree, that hype was a load of bull... Major letdown there haha.
UNCyrus  +   1493d ago
This is a huge deal, and definitely lives up to the hype. It's sad that you don't recognize that :(
Snookies12  +   1493d ago
Sorry I just never played it before, so it really doesn't do much for me. o_o
lastdual  +   1493d ago
@UNCyrus This just shows how young most of the N4G audience is. Looking at the comments, "old school" apparently means fairly new series like Kingdom Hearts to many of the users here.

In any case, an X-COM game by Firaxis sounds amazing. If anybody can resurrect this classic turn-based strategy series right, it's Sid Meiers & Co.
Snookies12  +   1493d ago
@lastdual - I agree there wholeheartedly, old school should probably mean somewhere around the SNES era in my opinion.
lastdual  +   1493d ago
I understand that there are plenty of people who haven't played X-COM, but even if you've never touched the series, this is good news for turn-based strategy fans in general.

If you enjoy games like:

Final Fantasy Tactics
Fire Emblem
Tactics Ogre
Advance Wars, etc...

Then there's a good chance you would enjoy X-COM, and hopefully this new iteration. Like Civilization Revolution, Firaxis will apparently be bringing this to consoles, so it should be fairly accessible to newcomers.
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snipes101  +   1493d ago
What you guys are failing to realize is that Game Informer said the announcement would excite "Old School" gamers. Star Wars Battlefront is not an old school franchise so there really wasn't any reason to think that would be it.

As for the people complaining that it's a strategy game and that they never played the original, at least it's not another shooter reimagining. You people were complaining a few weeks ago that this would probably just be another generic shooter. Now it isn't and you're still complaining.

People these days...smh.
dedicatedtogamers  +   1493d ago
If people have never played X-COM before (admittedly, it can be a bit tough to play if you're accustomed to newer games), then I hope this game gives a new generation the chance to see what's so awesome about the formula. X-COM isn't just a tactical squad game. You control the entire organization, from research to scouting to funding to base-building to constructing equipment to making money, and then of course there's the combat but that's NOT all there is to it.
BattleAxe  +   1493d ago
I think I've heard of this game before, not sure though. I am quite disappointed though I have to say. I was hoping for Syphon Filter 5 or maybe even The Socom Collection with all of the PS2 Socom games.
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SilentNegotiator  +   1493d ago
You think Xcom is old school? Wow, it really goes to show how young N4G users are. I feel bad for people who didn't grow up on "Tennis for Two" and "OXO". /s
Come on, don't come down on people for not being 30/40 year olds on a video game site. "Old school" is a matter of perspective. Last generation was definitely an entirely different beast than this one, anyhow.

I guess they realized the scope of potential customers for another Xcom strategy game when so many complained.
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OmegaSlayer  +   1492d ago
A big problem is that people is very picky about games...this is my genre, this is not, this character has big boobs, this looks like a fag, the graphicz are insane, it seems like a PS2 game...

Imho there are only good games and bad games.

That said...last 2 Gameinformer's announcement didn't make me go over the top.
South Park RPG (???) made by Obsidian (that has failed pretty much everything this gen)...I haven't got high hopes.
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Perjoss  +   1492d ago
This is a huge deal for me, I remember playing the original x-com on my playstation 1 for a ton of hours, I got so into that game I even bought a playstation mouse just for that game.

The fact it's being done by a company like Firaxis is like a dream come true. All we need now is a couple of news stories like this:

- Irrational Games finishing up Bioshock Infinite, Announces next game to be System Shock 3

- Frontier Developments release first Elite 4 screenshots and info.
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LightofDarkness  +   1493d ago
The game's not even 10 years old (Battlefront), how would it be old-school?
CashColeTrain1337  +   1493d ago
It was also confirmed not to be it last week. I believed it to be Jedi Knight game developed by Spark Unlimited. It'd fit that description.
TheIneffableBob  +   1493d ago
For some readers of N4G, it may have released around the time they were born haha
TreMillz  +   1493d ago
XCOM:Enemy Unknown developed by Firaxis Games
Um.....woopdeedooh? seriously

1. Its PC only so majority of the gaming community wont give a damn...just saying more console players out there.

2. Really 2 XCOM games in 1 year, 1 by which the shoter version looks terrible and the strategy version..well idk its only a damn cover

3. Screw GI for hyping a cover which really didnt deserve all that hype " I wish i could reveal the game to you all" well you should have would have saved us more disappointment
Convas  +   1493d ago
@ Point #1
What, is it that people don't read any more?

At the bottom of the article it clearly says that XCOM: Enemy Unknown is coming out for Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and PC.

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TheDareDevil  +   1493d ago

What he's trying to say is that the original XCOM games have been PC only games
snipes101  +   1493d ago
@point 2: two entirely different XCOM games in one year is more like it. The only similarity is that they are set in the same fictional universe so I don't see the problem here.

@point 3: they said this was an announcement that would hype the old school crowd, not the entire gaming community. So your last statement really carries no weight at all.
Kiriel  +   1493d ago
Ehm, the earlier announced 'Xcom' game doesn't even deserve to bring Xcom's slippers.
TheStorm  +   1493d ago
To the Daredevil. That is untrue. X-Com UFO Defense (the first one) had a good port to the PSX, and I believe some of the others did as well. So no they have not always been PC only, the first one was multi-plat.

And to all the others...Star Wars Battlefront? That is not old-school in the least. It came out in 2004, that's hardly old school. While X-Com came out in late 93.

The first one was one of my all time favorite games, it actually had one of the most tense and scary atmosphere, sounds odd considering its turn based nature but it was.

Firaxis behind this, I will buy.
Basjohn  +   1493d ago
You make me sad to still be on this planet.
ThichQuangDuck  +   1493d ago
Ha I was hoping

Star Wars Battlefront 3


Bloody Roar

But kinda assumed it would be more old school. Oh well there is always next month
Skynetone  +   1492d ago
enough with the sequels, lets get some fresh new ips out there

i dont mind a few sequels, but its gotten to the stage where i could probably list all games for the next four years

lbp 3 / battlefield 4 / res 6 / cod 7,8,9 / alan wake 2 / uncharted 4 / street fighter 5,6,7 / fifa / tiger etc etc

more new ips like "the last of us" would be nice for a while
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ThichQuangDuck  +   1492d ago
@ MC_Kool_K sequels are inevitable just due to the fact that it is easier to sell a ip that is established. There has been some new IP's this generation in Assassins Creed, Bioshock, Mass Effect, Uncharted, Gears of War 3 and plenty of reboots in between. I am basically asking for a completion to the franchises that deserved sequels and I am not talking about making a star wars battlefront 15. I am talking about great games to have on this technology enhanced like

Star Wars Battlefront 3

War of the Monsters 2

Time splitters 5

Bloody Roar 5

Freedom Fighters 2

These are games to me that had original fun game play that could be vastly improved with this generations technology. So do not complain about sequels when all the games you listed are some franchises that have all had at least one game out on this generation while others have not.
chazjamie  +   1493d ago
@lastdual. I enjoyed playing those titles on the ds and even the gameboy, so if this is released on the vita I will definitely pick it up. I dont play these games on consoles.
TruthSeeker  +   1493d ago
Great announcment for those wishing for a proper Xcom follow up, verry dissapointing day for those of us expecting a starwars battlefront 3 reveal :(
ATi_Elite  +   1493d ago
I'm speechless!!

Many PC Gamers are jumping for joy right now.

So many upset Gamers about Xcom being turned into "just another generic shooter" but this news today has many Old School Gamers happy.

Too bad the combat is turn based. Yuck!
vortis  +   1493d ago
Turn based is good. I can't wait.

They can still do things to keep the turn-based aspect interesting.

I was recently playing X-Com Apocalypse and it still carries its own to this very day. Again, I can't wait. I just hope they keep the destructibility and micro/macromanagement.
Kahvipannu  +   1493d ago
Are you serious? Turn-based is the way to go, just like games X-Com's, Jagged Alliances, Fall Out's, Silent Storm's, M.A.X's, etc..

I want MORE turn-based strategy, enough with the "pew-pew shooters", we already got BF3, that's enough of fps until 4 comes out.
BiggsnWedge  +   1493d ago
Valkyria Chronicles is turn based done right
ATi_Elite  +   1492d ago
I love RTS but i prefer real time like Starcraft or Dawn of War!
antz1104  +   1493d ago
WOW......thats it? Very lame compared to all the possibles people were throwing around here.....:(
fr00ty-wizenhymer  +   1492d ago
This is the most epic thing in the world. I was so mad I heard that XCOM was being turned into an FPS. This makes it all better.
Hozi  +   1492d ago
Man, this is what I got so excited for?...fufufufu!!! I'm not saying it won't be a good game, it's just I really could care less for Strategy turn based games. Final Fantasy Tactics...the very 1st battle put me to sleep. No lie, the darn battle took about 45 mins(including sleep), and that is pushing my patience way too far.
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TheMrMadzen  +   1493d ago
Seems interesting.
NYC_Gamer  +   1493d ago
i hope it's pure to the original xcom roots and not dumbed down for the masses
Brownghost  +   1493d ago
Judging from other franchises, it will
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SolidGear3  +   1493d ago
Not really.. That's what 2K Marin's XCOM is for. This is for the true fans.
Brownghost  +   1493d ago
You didn't understand what i meant judging from other franchises like ninja gaiden and mass effect 2 it will be dumbed down
noxeven  +   1493d ago
Eh this looks even more different from the last time they did xcom. I remember i think was game informer wasn't a cover story i don't think but they had the article on xcom and it seems for of an 70s type of future with aliens sorta vibe going on. All i get from the cover is chest high cover and marcus get down. well just have to wait for the article
Kran  +   1493d ago

They said old school gamers would be thrilled or something along the lines. Yeah right.
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dedicatedtogamers  +   1493d ago
If you're a REAL old-school gamer who played games from the PS1 era and earlier, than you probably ARE excited.
Kran  +   1493d ago
I never played the game because I wasnt interested at the time. I was more into Resident Evil, Dino Crisis, Croc and Spyro.
dedicatedtogamers  +   1493d ago
@ Kran

And if a revamp of something like Dino Crisis was announced, wouldn't you be pumped? That's how us X-COM fans are feelin' right now. :)
vortis  +   1493d ago
Dude they mean REAL old-school gamers, not you kids from the PS2 era.

We're talking the dinosaur era of PC and console gaming when Final Fantasy games were mis-numbered here in the US and stuff like "All your base are belong to us" was common in localized ports. This was back when 16meg on a console meant a crappy looking 256 color game while 16meg on PC meant you got something like Tie-Fighter.

Real old-school....for life.
Kran  +   1493d ago
Actually I go back to Sega Megadrive days.
BiggsnWedge  +   1493d ago
The game isn't even that old.. and who cares about old school gamers, get over yourself please.
Objective  +   1493d ago
The news was for old school gamers so you get over yourself.
xtremexx  +   1493d ago
hahahah lol

who got excited and got met with this?
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Ser  +   1493d ago
I'm rarely excited when the gaming media suggests that I should be.

Low expectations ftw.
admiralthrawn87  +   1493d ago
DAMN IT. Where the hell is star wars battlefront 3!?

Lucasarts, you are officially lame. You turn KOTOR 3 into a bad MMO, you refuse to make Republic Commando 2 and Battlefront 3, and you decide instead to make two shitty games that mess up the continuity! Let me guess, we'll get Fracture 2 before we get battlefront 3.

Who decides to not make another entry in their most successful franchise?
snipes101  +   1493d ago
Game Informer said the announcement would excite old school gamers. Star Wars Battlefront is not an old school franchise. So there was no reason to expect that would be the announcement.
TheIneffableBob  +   1493d ago
Battlefront 3 has been canceled, man.

Even if it did exist, the developers that are speculated to be developing it do not have a good track record. They're like a 4 out of 10... on IGN's scale.
Paragon  +   1493d ago
Awwww... Kinda disappointing, what with all that hype.

KOTOR 3, BatteFront 3, Kingdom Hearts 3... There could have been some others that would have been REALLY awesome. But *shrugs* I'm sure there'll be more announcements coming this year for something awesome.

Still, I'm sure there's those excited over this game! Hope it does well!
Christopher  +   1493d ago
KotOR 3 is already out. It's just an MMO.
Paragon  +   1493d ago
Nah, I'm talking about an offline, turn-based RPG with an actual 3 in the title. ;) I don't do MMOs, but that's just me.

And Great Scotts at the Bubbles! XD
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Christopher  +   1493d ago
Yeah, I got you. I'm playing the MMO, but then again I like MMOs. Loving it. But would freaking love a standalone more along the lines of the first KotOR as well. Don't see it happening since I think the MMO is going to rake in a ton of money for both EA and LucasArts and they don't want to make it look like you can get your SWtOR fix anywhere else.
Paragon  +   1493d ago
Yeeeahh... I mean, I'm not complaining - I'm just saying, it would be pretty cool. But I guess I'll have to be content with Mass Effect.
LightofDarkness  +   1493d ago
Guys, BattleFront, Kingdom Hearst and KOTOR ARE NOT OLD-SCHOOL GAMES. X-Com very much is. I don't know why you would think any of those games were on the cards, as they aren't even 10 years old.
admiralthrawn87  +   1493d ago
your right. I should have been hoping for another Pong.
Hozi  +   1492d ago
I guess most gamers on here are little our standards...So to clarify for the young ones. Old Skool is anywhere from late 1980's and before. :)
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Harelgur  +   1493d ago
I was hoping for hl3
Jumper09  +   1493d ago
hopefully the march issue has Halo4 as coverstory...
Matrix2k  +   1493d ago
This is better than I could of ever imagined.

A real new good ol turn base strategy title. The only thing better would be a new advance wars announcement this year.

This beats another shovelware star wars game
Dlacy13g  +   1493d ago
I am super pumped for this game. I absolutely loved the old game. Lets hope they do a good job of re-creating the feel of Xcom properly. I must admit, I am still interested to see what 2K Marin comes up with for their final version of the Xcom shooter. But this news is music to my ears.
vortis  +   1493d ago
Nope, I'm not interested in the 2K version at all. If I want a story driven shooter I got BioShock: Infinite to look forward to. If I want a micromanagement RPG shooter I got STALKER 2 to look forward to. If I want to fight aliens and have teammates cover my arse I got Borderlands 2 to look forward to.

Realistically, there IS NO REASON at all to get excited about 2K Marin's XCOM abombination. It's a clustermuck of other ideas from better made shooters combined into a game that's just propaganda for a politically correct dissertation on racism/homosexuality. No thanks.
BiggsnWedge  +   1493d ago
STALKER 2? I thought that was canceled?
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Pikajew  +   1493d ago
First X-Com came out in 1993 so it is old school
Kiriel  +   1493d ago
The first Call of Duty came out in 2003, WAAAYY too old to be good now too.

Oh, wait...
snipes101  +   1493d ago
Pikajew is simply responding to the people that are disappointed by the announcement. Game Informer said it would excite old school gamers and pikajew is just pointing out that, yes, XCOM is an old school game so this matches with what they were saying it would be.
PirateThom  +   1493d ago
Old school but not for me.... never really been into strategy games and certainly won't be swayed by an old game.
solidboss  +   1493d ago
anyone else more interested in the ME3 article then feb. cover?
Dlacy13g  +   1493d ago
Not really... I say that only because I don't at this point really want to know any more about ME3. Its close enough now that I just want to play it.
Deadpool616  +   1493d ago
I was hoping for Killer Instinct to be revived, but this is great for XCOM fans. From what I've seen, the original XCOM looks like a really awesome game.
vortis  +   1493d ago
It's cheap enough (or free enough) to play from just about anywhere, even as a PSX ISO.

If you don't like RPG micromanagement/macromanagemen t then you won't like X-Com. It's a niche game to say the least but it's extremely detail oriented and gave gamers TONS of content and control over just about every aspect of the game.

In other words, if you don't like hand-holding games like CoD or that upcoming XCOM game from 2K Marin, then you're going to love the original X-Com.
Deadpool616  +   1493d ago
It's sounds more interesting than the FPS version. Thanks for the info. :D
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Frankfurt  +   1493d ago
LOL at the N4G crowd bashing this. This is the biggest software news of the year for real gamers. EASILY. Proves that 90% of people here are babies who can't tell real games from very recent mediocre titles (KINGDOM HEARTS?!? WTF?!?).
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Kiriel  +   1493d ago
Damn, push the wrong button there hehe.

Indeed, for anyone who has played the original Xcom's way back when, this is stunning news and what they have hoped for for ages. If Xcom comes out this year, there's nothing else I need to play (well, Jagged Alliance: Back in Action and King Arthur 2 will keep me busy till then). :)
Hozi  +   1492d ago
It's not that I don't know the's not my cup of tea, that's all...
strauser360  +   1493d ago
Retarded comment. I guess I'm not a real gamer if I wanted something along the lines of KH3 or BF3... And learn to type correctly, you sound like a fucking idiot typing in all caps "KINGDOM HEARTS?!? WTF?!?"
vortis  +   1493d ago
Sorry but after 1999 only fake gamers have been churned out.

You can try to go back and earn your Real Gamer Passport by getting knee deep in some old titles like Ken's Labyrinth or Hugo's House of Horrors 3D, but it's not easy and a lot of new-school gamers lost their eyesight in the process.

I suggest you head to Cheat Central, buy some sunglasses and cheat your way through old titles like FBI Fred and Commander Keen to earn your Badge of Old-Schooledness.

When you get back here to N4G you'll have a whole new appreciation for the process of having a Real Gamer's Passport, and then you'll be able to school new-schoolers with your Retrorocity.
scotchmouth  +   1492d ago
The biggest software news? That's rather subjective. I've been gaming since the mid 80's. I am not a real gamer because I was looking to other titles to possibly be the reveal?

While I am sure a lot of the posters here are younger there is no real reason for this pseudo-elitism where you are the cream of the crop for recognizing this title and people that don't share your taste are "babies".

On topic It's nice to see this as it's a departure from what the market seems to be flooded with currently. I hope it succeeds!
SolidGear3  +   1493d ago
Evn though I'm not an RTS fan, I am very happy to see this announced. I'm very much looking ahead to the new XCOM by 2K Marin and now the true fans are finally getting a proper game in the series which is very much needed. It's a win-win in my opinion!
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masa2009  +   1493d ago
Wait, wasn't this game announced months ago?
SolidGear3  +   1493d ago
No, you're thinking of 2K Marin's XCOM which was announced almost 2 years ago. I know becuase I've followed it since the minute it was announced.
iNFAMOUZ1  +   1493d ago
who gives a flying f about star wars, thats gay, this is cool, can't wait for it, AWESOME STUFF, very happy with the news, can't wait, gonna pre order after I see some vids
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KrimsonKody  +   1493d ago
I mean, an X-COM reboot is definitely old school, but when I (as in; me) hear the term old school, I'm thinkin' "old ol' school".

The Guardian Legend
Streets of Rage
Dragon Warrior

...where's Streets of Rage!?
Remake is waaay overdue.
Get on your 'game', Sega!
DW74  +   1493d ago
jthamind  +   1493d ago
a strategy game? i can't fap to this. :/
Kyosuke_Sanada  +   1493d ago
Maybe if it was a hentai RTS.....I know I would.....
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smashcrashbash  +   1493d ago
Here I was hoping for Medevil 3 or Rival Schools or Eternal Champions or a new Contra something.This may make XCOM people happy but this is disappointing for the rest of us.Strategy games make me sleepy
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LeShin  +   1493d ago
This announcement could never please everyone. For example, I never played Medevil. Rival Schools was brilliant however though I bought Eternal Champions (and the sequel on the Mega-CD) on the days they came out, most of my friends have never heard of them!
LeShin  +   1493d ago
Good news, not enough rts on consoles, I could get into this! I heard great things about the original but never got round to it.

Now if some studio could go and develop a PROPER Syndicate sequel instead of that fps dreary abomination which was announced I would be VERY happy...
DaveMan  +   1492d ago
Starbreeze is a good developer...hardly an abomination in my eyes.
dedicatedtogamers  +   1493d ago
This is AWESOME! I'm a huge X-COM fan so this is good news for those of us who wanted a real X-COM game not a shooter.
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