XCOM E3 demo walkthrough shows off RPG elements

Friday, 26th August 2011 05:53 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Finally, we at home can take a look at the XCOM demo shown at E3 in June – complete with developer commentary, no less.

2K Marin’s reinvention of the classic turn based tactics franchise puzzled many on first announce, looking like a bog-standard shooter, but the developer brought a new demo to E3 this year, concentrating on and highlighting some of the RPG and strategic elements.

Despite earlier denials of “big changes” to the game in the wake of its initial, somewhat negative reception, and later insistence that it had “evolved, not changed’, narrative director Jordan Thomas admitted to “pretty aggressive design changes” in the video description.

The full 20 minute demo is presented below.

XCOM is expected on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in early March.

Thanks, Kotaku.



  1. triggerhappy

    Last time I seen this the textures looked horribly bland, glad to see it’s looking MUCH better now. VERY interested in this, love the 1960′s look, kind of reminds me of that 90′s tv series Dark Skies :D

    #1 3 years ago
  2. TheBlackHole

    Agreed. This looks MUCH better than in its last outing.

    Still not convinced that turning Xcom into an FPS was a good idea though. Those that knew the game don’t want it to change, and those that don’t know it aren’t going to care about its history etc. Seems like a lose lose to me.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. LOLshock94

    O..M..G that was the best walkthrough ive ever seen holy shit ive never played an X COM before but this looks amazing fuck the fanboys who dont like change

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Stardog

    Looks god-awful. Why not just change the name to something else?

    I haven’t even played the originals for more than 5 minutes.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. DSB

    I wouldn’t say it looks awful. It looks like Brothers in Arms with a VATS system, but quite critically, the designers haven’t understood any of what made X-Com what it was.

    The actual X-Com soldiers aren’t the leading role of the game, they’re the supporting actors. The real stars are the aliens, and by making those generic, black and blue electricity monsters, they’re completely dropping the ball.

    Even if the gameplay looks a lot better than I expected it to.

    #5 3 years ago

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