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Just about completely broken
, January 12, 2014
This review is from: XCOM: Enemy Within [Online Game Code] (Software Download)
I purchased this game thinking it would be amazing. All my friends vouched for it and told me I wouldn't be disappointed. I got it on sale, with a few of the dlc packs. My opinion is going to be very unpopular, but I feel it needs to be said. If you don't think this game is riddled with bugs take a look at the Steam forums.
I have never played such a buggy and terrible game in my entire life. The game has so many bugs that it is completely broken. On my first mission (the tutorial), I spawned and each of my soldiers was instantly shot and killed. I didn't have time to move, but somehow, through walls and cars, a few invisible (fog of war) aliens managed to kill my soldiers. This happened over and over and over throughout the game. Enemies would shoot my characters through multiple solid walls.
That's just the beginning of the game killing bugs. At one point the game decided all of my chars should always face the opposite way while shooting. At one point a certain combination of weapons and armor nullified outgoing damage. I could go on all day about the bugs. On top of that there is the unbalanced gameplay. Some weapons are just infinitely better than the others, and there is no point in even using anything but a sniper and a heavy machine gun.
The game sells itself saying you can build your own base and you can fight air battles. Yet, there is no "real" customization in either of those. When you purchase a jet the game fights the battle for you. All you do is click two large square buttons telling your ship to use certain tactics. That's it. You watch a wire frame plane on a 1970's style computer screen slowly move up and down and shoot wire frame missiles at an enemy vessel that stays still.
The base is another gimmick. You simply purchase new sections and place them. That's it. Beside research and item purchases there is not much else your base is good for. Yeah, you can customize the looks of each soldier (pointless), which leads me to believe they spent more time on the model customizing than the entire base concept.
The DLC is also a joke. One gives you an extra character, right at the beginning of the game, that is only two (or so) ranks above your privates. That's it. You go on a silly little four minute mission in the exact same level as a previous mission.
Another beef of mine is the limited level design. As you complete the game you will find that there were only four or five different tile-sets that you play in. There are one or two levels that are storyline with "special" sets. Unfortunately, these sets are really just normal sets with small unique features (one has a train, woo). By the time you play through a few dozen matches, you will be bored with the entire game. The enemies seldom change, and usually if they do, it's a reskin or a weapon upgrade.
There are some cool things to the game, but they are all superficial. The setting is cool, but the storyline and gameplay are terrible. Gameplay is hampered by bugs and a terrible camera system. The tactical basis for the game is great, but limited by some pretty horrendous design choices. Customizations could have been great, but again was limited by design choices. The interaction with scientists and shops in the base is okay. The way it's set up makes you think the designers didn't want to follow through with the system. It's more of a "collect items during combat (usually aliens)" and we'll give you some cool shiny new tech that doesn't really do much.
Squad level ups are cool, but again, pointless. If you didn't have level ups for your squad the game would eventually be too difficult to play (on higher difficulties). It feels like the system was put in place to manipulate the game and give players an advantage, or the designers had to come up with something to make the gameplay feel fair.
Barely passing. There are numerous games that provide better experiences for less.
Repetitive and annoying. Sounds frequently go missing, and frequently get locked in a loop. Turn off the sound.
The graphics are amazing, however they are ruined by bugs. Colors go missing, textures invert, and guns go invisible. That's just the beginning.
I feel like I'm being generous with this score. Avoid this game. Find another game with similar ideas and play that.
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