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XCOM And Dishonored? This Is A Good Week For Gaming

XCOM And Dishonored? This Is A Good Week For Gaming

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XCOM: Enemy Unknown and Dishonored are both out on Friday. Yes, this is 2012. Yes, this is the world of gaming where everyone (myself included) complains endlessly about the only popular games being boring iterations or interminably dull military manshooters.

Yes, XCOM and Dishonored are two of the best games that will come out this year. Yes, they’re two of the best games to come out this generation. Yes, that is a bit weird. Yes.

I can’t tell you that you have to buy something, because that’s ridiculous and fascistic and other notions that pop into my head from playing Dishonored. I can recommend you do look into having a go with either game, though – possibly even buying one, or both, should you have the time, money and inclination. I suggest that like a main mission objective is suggested to you on XCOM.

Sorry, had to crowbar that in for the sake of paragraph balance.

On one hand you have a first-person stealth-‘em-up, a brand new IP so late into a console generation (EA says don’t do it), a world lovingly crafted over years by a relatively small team of people, rather than designed by committee with hundreds contributing and focus testing deciding major factors.

You have a game that rewards patience and care in Dishonored – one that can take eight or 30 hours to finish, depending not on the game but on the player. That’s something only gaming can really do, and it’s something to be championed. It’s something to be played.

On the other hand you have XCOM: Enemy Unknown, which is – believe it – a proper strategy game on console that actually works. Those italics are necessary. This is not Civilization Revolution (good game, but too cut down from the original). It’s not Valkyria Chronicles (brilliant game, but easily scammed with game-y techniques). It’s not the legion of boring, strategy-less tactical RPGs that come out of Japan every single day (boring, strategy-less).

XCOM is deep, thoughtful, challenging and intelligent. It’s exactly what I thought wouldn’t get released on PS3 in 2012.

DIshonored is exactly what I thought wouldn’t get released on PS3 in 2012.

Both games will be released on PS3 this Friday, 12 October, in 2012. (They’re out today in the US)

I can’t tell you that you have to buy them, but I can tell you that you have to give them a try. We might not see their likes again.




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