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Firaxis' XCOM's Apocalypse

I'm only just curling myself out of the tiny ball of rage I'd become due to missing out on getting to play Firaxis' X-COM reboot the other week. Instead, we sent Adam. Adam! He's famous for saying stuff like "aliens are for losers" and "turn-based combat is a dusty relic of a bygone age" and "I wouldn't be caught dead in a Skyranger", then he starts body-popping and singing Flo Rida songs.

I take some small measure of comfort from the following end of the world-themed and rather splendid E3 trailer for XCOM: Enemy Unknown, which you may yourself watch below. It's impressively dramatic and explosive, in a way that I can only presume will be somewhat at odds with the slower-paced, turn-based combat of the real thing, but more excitingly it shows a Cyberdisc transforming, some sort of new alien that might be made of crystallised light, a Chrysalid in action, hints at some sort of psychic powers for soldiers and a glimpse of a very pissed-off Muton trapped in an alien containment tank. I likey.

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I also like that the Council of Nations spokesman sounds a bit like Optimus Prime. Man, an X-COM game starring human resistance vs Decepticon invaders, eventually bringing in the Autobots to help, would be the end of me. Because I would explode in pure joy.

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