First XCOM trailer full of blob monsters, win

Friday, 11th June 2010 06:05 GMT By Nathan Grayson


Let’s say you’ve got something on your face. It’s a little black smudge. Kinda goopy. Your nearby tools are a neatly folded napkin and a fully loaded shotgun. In such a situation, a completely sane person would, of course, reach for the napkin, unfold it, and discretely dab at their face until the hideous blemish was nothing but an ugly memory.

If the above situation happened in 2K’s XCOM revival, however, a completely sane person would also be a completely dead person.

That smudge? Not a smudge. Turns out, it’s a creepy, crawly, and – oh yeah – face-devouring blob monster alien. Weird on paper, yeah, but kind of terrifying in action. Check it out after the break, courtesy of IGN.



  1. ybfelix

    The video quality looks really bad, like every frame is jpeg compressed. Maybe it’s IGN being cheap..

    #1 5 years ago
  2. revolting

    Ho hum. No doubt that looks fun. Entertaining, neat looking in a retro-future sort of way, with a goofy sort of Ghostbusters charm about it… but it’s just not X-COM. Why can nobody just make a proper X-COM? Why do they constantly try to re-invent it, instead of just taking advantage of the original’s brilliance?

    I do like the look of this game, but I’d like it more if it had a different name.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Filofax

    I hope to god not every game re-boot is going to be a FPS, nothing against them but it seems developers are taking the easy way out. Like revolting said the game looks nice but it’s just not X-COM.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Blerk

    Yeah, I’d pretty much have to agree. I liked the setting, although it made me think of The Sims for some reason. Except with head-eating aliens. :-D

    #4 5 years ago
  5. robmlufc

    So is it just another FPS? or is there research and base building now…like an xcom game should have? Why not just make a super massively good looking turn based xcom with awesome SFX and sound with tons of research, building etc. :(

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Blerk

    Because only a handful of super-hardcore fans would buy it?

    #6 5 years ago
  7. theoperator

    Nice try. Make a great game and people who like great games will buy it.

    This is… yet another conole FPS. Don’t we have enough of those?

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Erthazus

    This looks not XCOM at all… *Cry me a river* This is disgusting. Stupid and Bioshock clone piece of shit.

    XCOM is not about blasting stupid black aliens with super Bioshock guns in the shitty Unreal Engine 3.
    These developers like Fallout 3 developers destroyed what was awesome in the past. Just let it go. It’s not XCOM. It’s a *Shooter with aliens in Bioshock style*

    Of course if developers could give a name like: “Humans under Attack” it won’t sell…. But because it has a name of XCOM… People will buy it because they remember this from the old memory…

    #8 5 years ago
  9. theoperator

    If the movie didn’t say ‘XCOM’ at the beginning, NOBODY would know it’s an XCOM game.

    Even the last poor effort of a 3PS in the XCOM world at least LOOKED like XCOM, even if it was dreadful.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Gheritt White

    @ 7: Well, this already looks like a great game to me (so far, at least).

    #10 5 years ago
  11. frostquake

    Um is this the same Black Blob enemy from Alone in the Dark?? By the way what was the Black Blobs in Alone in the Dark…The controls were horrible so I called my Falcon “Griffin” and he took it out over the Lake I live on and dropped it to the depths of a watery grave….SIGH!!

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Erthazus

    @10 “looks like a great game to me”

    Casual console players sheesh.

    this is what is sad about gaming industry:

    22 shooters for f sake…

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Gekidami

    Looks like the BP oil spill hit Louisiana hard. Then came alive.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Blerk

    Ha ha!

    #14 5 years ago
  15. dirigiblebill

    Looks like it has some sort of forensic detective element. Condemned-ish?

    It’s not X-COM, but it could be fun. Scariness = good.

    #15 5 years ago
  16. The Hindle

    Looks like BP … dam it Gek :D

    #16 5 years ago
  17. AHA-Lambda

    i’ve never played xcom but that did look kinda cool.

    But yeah i obviously can understand why people are pissed off though =/

    #17 5 years ago
  18. absolutezero

    The way you all feel about this is how I feel about Deus Ex 3.

    I never ever liked the original X-Com games I thought they were punishing for the sake of being punishing and not all that much fun. Clicking on a shit tonne of little scales to make minute differences was not my idea of a good time. The actual turn-based stuff itself was pretty bland aswell.

    I basically could not give a shit that this looks nothing like an X-Com game because I’m quite happy about that. I think it looks great and going from last months PC Gamer feature it has alot of interesting features.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. Gheritt White

    @ 12: Elitist cunty wankers. Sheesh.

    #19 5 years ago
  20. Whizzo

    The first X-COM game is one of the greatest strategy games ever devised, which isn’t too surprising as it wasn’t Gollop’s first attempt at doing something along those lines, his Spectrum games were great too.

    #20 5 years ago
  21. Blerk

    XBLA Rebelstar, please!

    #21 5 years ago
  22. The Hindle

    Looks pretty good does this, kind of X files.

    #22 5 years ago
  23. fdelfino

    Looks nice. Did they use the same engine as in Bioshock?

    #23 5 years ago
  24. theevilaires

    Meh sick of all these FPS. Make more games like uncharted please. I’m so missing the 16bit era days now.

    #24 5 years ago
  25. YoungZer0

    I think calling this Game XCOM was the stupidest mistake they made. Just look at it. All an XCOM Fan needs to know is that it’s FPS, and that alone will convince them to hate them and avoid this piece of shit.

    Call it something else, and you won’t piss of the hardcore fans. Stupid mistake. Very, very stupid.

    #25 5 years ago
  26. Blerk

    It’s probably worth the risk of pissing off relatively small chunk of hardcore fans in order to drag in a whole bunch of people who’ve sort of heard of the originals but have never actually played them.

    Don’t underestimate the power of an existing IP, especially a well-regarded classic IP. If they’d just called it “Alien Shooter X” then absolutely nobody would be talking about it and it’d just get filed under ‘another alien shooter meh’.

    #26 5 years ago
  27. Armitage Shanks

    Looks pretty nutty.

    #27 5 years ago
  28. DeSpiritusBellum

    @25 Not neccesarily. I’ve been playing X-Com since it came out, and I wouldn’t mind an FPS, although a squadbased tactical one would by far be preferable.

    That said, that video looks pretty damn awful. Who wants to run around shooting globs of oil? Could you make anything worse than that?

    #28 5 years ago
  29. Erthazus

    @28 Thats stupid. Imagine that Infinity Ward is saying: We are going to develop next Call Of Duty game and it is a JRPG.

    Same shit. Some games must be in it genre always where they are the BEST.

    #29 5 years ago
  30. revolting

    @29 Some games do work in other genres though. Some of the all time greats come from established franchises experimenting with other genres. Granted the examples are few, but it does work sometimes. I hear that Warcraft spin-off MMO did pretty well. Similarly the successful Might & Magic series of RPGs spawned the equally successful Heroes of M&M TBS series. And then there’s the genre-hopping Mario who drives karts as well as he platforms, and also dabbles in sports and even teaches typing. There aren’t many examples of successful genre switches, but if the right design ethos is there, they work. At the risk of stating the obvious, the bad ones are bad because they are done badly.

    But this X-COM monstrosity changes so much more than just the grenre. It’s a complete abadonment of the visual style, the design values, the humour, the all important look and feel of the series, the established background. It has literally nothing at all in common with any of the previous games but for two words: X-COM and aliens.

    X-COM has always been a tricky one, though… let’s not pretend that this is the first bad re-invention of the franchise. Apart from Terror from the Deep, all the games that followed the original’s glory have got it horribly, horribly wrong. This is not even the first bad FPS installment; while the first X-COM (or UFO: Enemy Unknown as it was known to us Euro-types) was one of my top ten all time greats, the last official game in the series (before all the half-hearted “spiritual successor” UFO tribute games) X-COM: Enforcer was also an FPS, and is probably the worst game I have ever played in 25 years of gaming.

    #30 5 years ago

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