Angry Reviews - XCOM Enemy Unknown

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  • TragicGuineaPig
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    Yes, people, Spoony is still alive. And yes, he is still allowed to do crossovers with Channel Awesome personnel.
  • Nova25
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    Yeaaahhhh... I was wondering about that.

    Also, because I have no idea ''what the hell'' is going on about this, other than the 'very basic' explanation that was given...
  • TragicGuineaPig
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    Actually, you can see Spoony's explanation in the To Boldly Flee commentaries he posted on his own site, mainly Part 1.
  • Moreno X  - To TragicGuineaPig
    I've watched his commentaries and, to put it simply, it's interesting to hear Noah's side of the story. It's sad but understandable. What about you? What do you think about his thoughts?

    By the looks of it, it was business disagreements and never was the one that surfaced months ago. By a long shot, none of it were personal tensions between him and CA Critics. At least that's what I understand. Am I'm wrong about that dude?
  • TragicGuineaPig
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    That was my impression.

    But I got that it was more than business disagreements. It was also changes to the internet culture as a whole, with SOPA and similar legislation looming on the horizon. Spoony knew that the Critic was going to be retired, and he also knew that, as internet personalities, it was time to adapt, to change with the times, or to risk losing out to upcoming changes in the way the internet is run.

    So, the bottom line, the decision was based on a number of complicated factors. Personal tensions were just one more catalyst, but in reality, this was going to come sooner or later.
  • Topska
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    This game's combat system kind of reminds me of Valkyria Chronicles and I really enjoyed that one so I think I'm going to give it a try. Been a while since I played anything strategic. =)
  • War1309
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    well im going to get it now
  • libertyjim
    I do like. I think I buy.
  • SilverDreamer
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    LOL at the slack-jawed screencap of Joe on the front page of TGWTG.

    While I've never played any strategy games before (only recently matured enough to appreciate games with a more intricate system than Kingdom Hearts), I may check this out.
  • gavingt
    LOL at the Dutch angle on Terl.
  • CyborgPrince
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    Terl comes from a world of Dutch Angles. To him everything looks straight there. We're all on an angle to him.
  • Ancel De Lambert
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    Poor Spoony, he just CANNOT keep that neck-beard in place.
  • PublicEnemy
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    How is this on the consoles? As much as I'd love this on PC, my computer isnt strong enough and I dont quite have the money for an upgrade yet
  • mask-and-mirror
    So happy to see Spoony here again, I miss him. Poor guy.
  • Psxpert2011
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    "... While you were still learning to SPELL your own name, I was being trained to conquer GALAXIES..."

    lol!
  • nintenlover
    Oh hey look spoony, cool. Also I'm going to try and not bitch about Joe's unformed beret, and the strings not being tucked in. Not even going to bring it up. Oh wait...Well damn I just could't keep it to myself.
  • wiouds
    I rented this on the PS3 and now I need to save up the money for it.

    I like the fact that they change it to a simple load out. They are soldiers they should be able to carry the ammo they need without my hand holding. It is great that to get their weapon will be destroy if you do not stun the enemy.

    It would be great if we were able to make changes to the entrance. Like place extra fuel barrels to reduce the cost to the planes. Then the aliens could attack the entrance with a failure if the get deeper into the base.
  • FazeHawk
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    Ya this game is a lot of fun and very hard. Im a stratagy buff and have played many of them and I find this game to be very challenging at times and frustraiting..in a fun way. Have yet to beat it due to getting pissed off by issues getting my guys to go where I want them to go and them dieing. Anyone else run into an issue where you are trying to select a location for them to go to and then the curser jumps to the lower level and out of cover? Freaking anoying!

    As for what someone above said about it seeming like Valkyria Chronicles. That is true in some ways and if you enjoyed that game you will surely enjoy this...speaking of which I need to acually go back and beat that game...after beating xcom..several times..
  • Stormblade13
    Awesome Review. Nice to see Spoony still helping out the guys at Channel Awesome. Anyway, great review. I normally don't play many strategy games, (I think I own 2) but this one looks interesting. I could use something to put my ego in its place whenever it gets over inflated.
  • Moreno X
    Great video Joe, and it's cool to have Spoony (I mean Terl) appear in your video. Unexpected I was and it deliver good.

    Now, with Terl alive, how did he survive? Did he again transferred his mind to another Psy-Clone who was alive elsewhere outside the Plot-Hole/TGWTG universe, which kinda shows that Terl gather all the alien species to band together to invade you for revenge? Or did he made a deal with Corporate Commander to fund and negotiate with the aliens to aid Terl's campaign behind close doors and then invade openly on the planet?

    Whatever it is, it goes to show you that with Nostalgia Critic being a part of the Plot-Hole, you can't help but think his decision to merge with it could accidently brought back Terl (maybe Mechakara too) because it is...well...the power of Plot-Hole's surprises.

    :/ Thats what I get and interpret the opening. Take it or leave it, I tried. :)

    Anyway, nice review Joe.
  • PlayMp1
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    Terl is like the Red Alert 3 universe - powered by ham. He survives by sheer virtue of bad acting. He's like Jack Sparrow, except far more annoying (and Cap'n Jack can be annoying at times).
  • Linkara
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    Actually, back in Spoony's Wing Commander video, it was explained that Terl, as the planet's chief of security, is provided with several Psyclones, basically meaning if one dies another clone can take his place.
  • FunkyM
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    That sounds like Tiger Ninestein from Terrahawks.
  • Moon Spirit
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    Yeah, but I'm not that too into strategy games, plus, I don't think my computer can handle this game. Even if I do get the console versions, I think it would be better to get the PC version for the best experience.
  • CyborgPrince
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    Although I probably won't wind up getting the game, it looks pretty badass to me. I would have liked if the aliens were something other than your typical Grays, but hey, that's just my opinion.

    Also Joe, I noticed you've been using your YouTube videos for the past couple of months. I guess neither Springboard nor Blip has been working well for you. Personally, for me the Springboard videos would get stuck at a certain spot and I'd have to finish watching the review from your YouTube channel anyway, so I guess you gotta work with what you can. The only one that was in Springboard format that lasted all the way through without sticking was the Star Wars Kinect review.

    I'm wondering if Channel Awesome still gets revenue from advertisements in this form. Not a major concern. Just a small thought. Not important.

    Been watching your reviews for a while and just got caught up. Of course, that's just in this section (along with a couple specials like the best and worst games of the year). Now I'll have to take a look at the videos in your other sections.
  • Filby
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    I believe Channel Awesome doesn't get any revenue at all from videos, except maybe for Doug's. The video producers neither give nor take money from Channel Awesome, they're just hosted on TGWTG.com as a form of mutual advertizement.

    I assume Channel Awesome makes all its money off of ads on this site (and possibly Doug's videos).
  • TempestSatori
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    Awesome review, made even better by Spoony's inclusion.
  • Destro9
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    Regading XCOM,i've only played it's spiritual ancestors...Rebel Star and Laser Squad.Actually all 3 franchises were the brainchild of 1 guy,Julian Gollop.
  • EvilAshTwin
    Im not a real big fan of RTS games. Mainly because Im not very good at them. Im old enough and wise enough to know to stay away from game genres Im not good at. Of the RTS genre, I hate the turn based ones the most, and thats less to due with me sucking and more to do with the turn based mechanic is often BS. I have ample reason to stay away from this game.

    However, I cant deny that this game does look good. Even though I have some harsh words about the RTS genre, some of my favorite missions from Warcraft were the ones where they gave you a finite number of units to use per map, and you didnt have to worry about resource gathering.

    Tell you what Joe, I wont get this game right away. When Steam puts it on sale for 75-90% off for Christmas, then Ill pick it up and give it a try.
  • timotaka
    Umm, RTS stands for Real-Time Strategy. Real-time and turn-based are mutually exclusive (though some games allow you to choose between the two). Sounds like it's more accurate to say you're not a fan of strategy games in general.
  • mister sloth
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    ahh XCOM UFO :)

    Indeed one of the greatest games ever (despite the 'clunky' graphics from those days, ...same as for ex. Monkey Island. Impressive what those people could evoke with just a few pixels!)
  • PlasticFrogCG
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    Wow, thanks Joe!
    It's been a long time since I played a good turn-based strategy game and this one looks amazing.
    But having said that, my wallet is currently demanding that I just reinstall Fallout Tactics.
  • DBoy
    Nice review Joe.
    I've been playing since launch(trying to tone it down some since I got other things to work on but the game is so tempting to jump back into).

    Your skit playing chess with the alien and him just wiping the board clean is, for better or worse, is spot on for classic mode.

    The game is great. May not be perfect, but still a enjoyable experience. Game still has some minor bugs with LOS and tile selection(there's one alien ship level that is still horrendously buggy with the roof tiles blocking player view constantly. You know which map >:{)

    Base defense would have been fun, but I imagine the ant farm design of the base was incompatible with a combat map. Perhaps that's why?

    I'm looking forward to what DLC will come for this. It needs more customization options(including class assignment choices!).
    I'd like to see an option for air support; calling a bombing run from interceptors or upgrade the skyranger to arm it(carry more troops even).

    Now to wait on Spoony's more critical review...
  • FunkyM
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    I will Spread the good word, Sir! :)
  • JoeDawson15
    Wonder when Joe's gonna do a RE6 review, hopefully with more Spoony.
  • Behellmorph
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    Great review Joe, I have heard of this game before but it sounds really good.

    Also I want to make a personal thanks, for doing a video with Spoony. It it great to know that he can still appear here, first Diamanda now you. very good.
  • Paper_Banjokami
    Oh man, I was already getting excited just from how the game looked, but this review solidified it as a must buy.

    And was that Deus Ex: Human Revolution music playing in your cutscenes near the beginning and end? I would recognize those electronic whatever-you-call-them twangs or bloops or whatever, I would recognize those anywhere. And nice use of Bit.Trip's Strange Comfort in the credits.

    Also, that display of dissatisfaction in the lack of base defense was hilarious.
  • UNSCmagick
    Just thought I would say, I love this game, and have a tale to share. In my first play through I had 2 people i wouldn't let die, my support that I used for the entire game, and my favorite person, Daniel "Xenos" Katz the sniper. I always picked favorites with him, getting his new gear before anyone else, and it always paid off. In one turn with him alone, I killed 5 things because of how stacked i had him in accuracy, damage, and crit and the Corporeal level ability that allows another action after each kill on something out side of cover. My love for him was to the point where his death was an auto restart on the mission.
  • Lurch Overlord  - You can collect weapons after mission end (sorta)
    You need the research, and have to stun aliens, but you can collect them after mission end. You can stun up to 12 aliens, assuming every single member of your team has an arc thrower and never misses (3 hp or less is high chance). It can be a PITA but well worth it for free weapons, IMO.

    I do like that you don't lose equipment from dead soldiers either, would have sucked if all my researched/captured weapons were lost and I had to go back to the standard issue.

    Speaking of researched weapons, the alloy cannon is BAD ASS. I cringe every time one of my assault operators uses one. It's BRUTAL yet satisfying. It's like the shotgun from Looper on mega steroids. The scientists basically are taking parts of their ships, grinding them down into bits, and returning the shards back to them. IN YO FACE!
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