I’ve never played the original XCOM, so I can’t compare the gameplay in that way. I’d be interested to hear if someone else can do that. I also haven’t played EU on the PC, so I can’t speak to that. But as my first XCOM experience, the iPad version is interesting enough I thought I would try to start a conversation about it.
First (and this will be the last point, too), the game is buggy. It crashes regularly. After downloading it, I had to restart my iPad just to get it to run. Sometimes it will crash and won’t reload, so I have to restart my iPad again. Very frustrating.
The gameplay - while it lasts - is a lot of fun. Balancing short-term goals with long-term needs, developing a body of capable troops, and the combat missions…all engaging. I do wish there was a little more variety in the missions. 90% of them are your basic “go here and kill all the aliens” type. (So far, at least. I haven’t finished the game yet.) It makes you appreciate the occasional escort mission and the one bomb defusal I’ve encountered already. You would think they could give you a mission where they say, “we’re dropping you in a heavily contested area. Hold it until reinforcements arrive.”
Of course, in combat you rarely get to take shots with 100% chance to hit. And of course, every time you miss any shot with more than 50% CTH requires subaudible profanity. That’s just part of the game.
I’m a decent gamer, but this game is hard as balls. I gave up trying to finish it on normal and restarted on easy.
I’m also not to sure how much replay value it will have. I’ve never been the type to replay a game with self-imposed challenges, and I don’t know that I would want to invest the time again, since there is really no story.
And it crashes, all the GD time. For a $20 game on the iPad, you would expect it to turn your iPad gold or something. I’ve never lost a save yet, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it happens, with as often as this game dumps you back to the home screen.
Anyway, is anyone else playing it? Thoughts? Reactions? Things I missed or misrepresented?