I had forgotten just how much fun X-COM was. I’ve been playing it nonstop.
A couple of things I had forgotten :
- So easy to get soldiers killed. I simply had to start the save & reload style of play, where during a battle I would save often, and if somebody gets killed just reload and try again. You need to keep them alive, as they get better at everything with experience.
- You can fit more soldiers into your craft then you are given at first. Recruit more ASAP.
- General stores – you will need to build more of these or you lose out on items, and can’t buy things, etc. I’m trying two in each of the bases.
Unlike in 1996 when the game came out, I can alt-tab and let it run, while I write a blog post ! Given that the gameplay includes managing time, where you let it run for 5 seconds a tick, a full day, or something in between, it’s fun to be running 5 seconds while I’m writing this. The game does not react well to power management tools in Windows though, so I have all screensaver and power options off.
In the era of Minecraft – part of which’s appeal is a nostalgia factor for the low-res graphics – this game has me hooked. Successfully researched laser weapons and am working my way through the list – and meanwhile, trying to take out aliens with rifles and hand grenades.