XCOM lookalike Shock Tactics is out now

The melodrama, combat and man-handling of XCOM has left a mark on many a game, but Shock Tactics [official site] looks to be covered in such marks. You’re managing your troops, building a base and fighting the bad ones (mostly human beings this time) on isometric maps plastered with cover. It was released yesterday, so here’s a video filled with, uh, familiar sights.

I don’t know exactly how to feel about all that. Lifting ideas and mechanics from the greats is a common industry practice. But it’s a brave game that aims to ape XCOM so closely. Stick too close to the formula and you’ve done nothing of note at all, but change even a little thing and you risk losing some of the magic. Ultimately, you’re setting yourself up for comparison with one of the best games of recent memory. From the visuals alone it already looks more clustered and less “clean”.

Adam seemed intrigued though, citing some differences in the world map and squad management. And he is a big XFAN. It’s £14.99/$19.99 if you’re in his ‘yearning for the good old days’ camp.


  1. vorador says:

    Reviews from players are not good, citing a dreadful A.I. and clunky mechanics, UI and gameplay. Citing that the A.I. can be easily baited into taking 1-3% shots to a heavily entrenched character, while you encircle and destroy them from behind with the rest of your troops.

    Too bad, since Xenonauts proved that with a low budget a good x-com style game can be done.

    • DarkFenix says:

      A shame, I’d been keeping half an eye on this for a while. As you say, Xenonauts has proven it can be done properly, but I suppose we’ll have to keep waiting for another decent Xcom-alike.

      Also, this one looks visually far too busy.

      • Themadcow says:

        Phonenix Point is the one everyone should be looking forward to. If it comes through on its promises then it’ll be worth the wait.

  2. mercyRPG says:

    I was soo hyped by the amazing ST video. Then open Steam Store page and see NEGATIVE… ughh.. that’s pretty much shocking tactics there.

    So then Phonenix Point remains the only hope after crappy XCOM2..

    Xenonauts 2 looks also promising, if they completely change the junk pencil-art UI.