The Guide: Games: The Bureau: XCOM Declassified PC, PS3 & Xbox 360
(Guardian (UK) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) XCOM games have always been turn-based, pausing time while you issue instructions to your soldiers before watching them get to work against the cheeky alien invaders. The Bureau still wants you to order everyone around, but now you're down there too and can't stop time anymore, just slow it down, giving your panic-fuddled brain space to work out where to put everyone and what they're meant to be shooting at before ensuring your own agent's survival in the exchange of bullets, explosives and hot plasma. Set in the 1950s, it revels in its nostalgic Don Draper-style attire, constant indoor smoking and grainily patronising public information films. Talky interludes let you question characters you come across, but soon return you to the business of shooting the darned heck out of alien scum, a process that (understandably)demands total concentration.
2K Games, pounds 27.99 - pounds 35
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