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Posts tagged “Jake Solomon”

Feature: Choose life, choose a fucking big mag cannon

XCOM 2: War of the Chosen’s alien champions, lost cities and soldier bonds explained

Fallen cities swarming with the dangerous remnants of their human populations, alien battlefield commanders who resemble fantastical heroes, new rulesets for friendship and fear, and an actual active resistance out on the Geoscape. XCOM 2 [official site] is changing. The War of the Chosen is "definitely the biggest expansion we've ever done", lead designer Jake Solomon told us at E3. Introducing unique enemy champions doesn't…

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Feature: Tactics, Turn Timers, Difficulty, Boardgames, Bugs & Beards

Interview: Firaxis’ Jake Solomon On What Went Right And Wrong With XCOM 2

In which Adam and I sit down with XCOM 2 lead designer Jake Solomon to dissect the strategy sequel. We discuss what it does well and some of the complaints levelled at it, hear about ideas tried and discarded during development, why story had more of a focus this time around and the continued importance of the original X-COM games.

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Feature: Solomon: "I should probably have put in a fake difficulty below the lowest difficulty"

XCOM 2 Was Made More Difficult Late In Development: “There Were Definitely Moments Of ‘Is This Too Much?'”

XCOM 2 was made significantly more difficult late in its development cycle after playtesting suggested it was too easy, says the game's lead designer. "I remember saying 'you know what, we're going to make the game a lot harder. We're going to go back and make the game a lot harder on every level, because this game is not engaging people the way it should,'"…

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Time Unit: X-COM vs XCOM / Gollop vs Solomon

I say 'vs', but the reality of this meeting between the 20th and 21st century masters of X-COM is that they repeatedly seem on the verge of embracing each other, rather than trading blows in a bitter row about time units and action cameras. Rev3Games arranged for original X-COM co-creator Julian Gollop to meet Jake Solomon, the lead dev on Firaxis' XCOM remake, the result…

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Feature: On accents, bases, guns and surprises

Firaxis’ Jake Solomon Post-Mortems XCOM: Part One

With Firaxis' de-hyphenated, largely very well-received remake of the legendary, incomparable, enormous-haircutted X-COM now out there saving the Earth from the worst scum of the universe for several months, now seems the time to sit down with its enthusiastic main man Jake Solomon. What went right, what went wrong and what comes next? As per recent tradition, we had a very long chat. Covered in…

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Hidden Marketing Movement: XCOM

Very soon now, XCOM will launch. Much like a Skyranger emerging from an underground base it will cause people to point at it and go 'ooooo, that's spectacular', of this I am sure. But unlike a Skyranger it won't fly to a petrol station, unload a group of frightened human beings and then return home hours later with an empty hold and a pilot with…

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Feature: Knowing Me, Knowing You

XCOM Enemy Unknown: The Final Chatdown

After something in the region of 30,000 words across four interviews, the odyssey that is my series of chats with XCOM: Enemy Unknown lead designer Jake Solomon finally comes to an end. While my battered transcribing fingers are inordinately relieved about this, I'm strangely sad otherwise - it's been fascinating, and no matter how the finished game actually turns out, one thing I have no…

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Feature: Known Unknowns

Interview: Firaxis On XCOM’s Secret Origins

Not content with a mere three interviews with the lead designer of Firaxis' upcoming X-COM remake XCOM: Enemy Unknown, I recently settled down for a fourth lengthy chinwag with the effusive Jake Solomon. In this first of two parts, we talk about the difficulty of describing the essential X-COM/XCOM experience, why people shouldn't immediately start playing in Iron Man Mode (or perhaps why they should),…

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Feature: The never-ending interview

Firaxis Talk XCOM, Redux: Bases, Ammo, Skills Explained

Just in case my three-part, 15,000 word interview with Jake Solomon, lead designer on Firaxis' XCOM: Enemy Unknown, wasn't enough for you, here's a follow-up chat with the effusive main brain behind the X-COM remake. This time, we're finding out about how much soldiers' special abilities define the game, what's been done to ammo and why the perception that this new version only has one…

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Feature: Time units, modding, Iron Man Mode and failure

Time For A Change: Firaxis On XCOM, Part 3

In the third and final (for now) part of my enormo-chat with Firaxis' Jake Solomon, head brain on XCOM: Enemy Unknown, the official remake of the legendary X-COM, we get into the nitty-gritty. To whit: why throw out time units, how the replacement system works, modding support, difficulty, soldier classes, country funding, Julian Gollop, 'ZCOM' and why he feels this new game has to bear…

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Feature: Investigating the unknown

Death & Chrysalids: Firaxis On XCOM, Part 2

In this next chunk of a mammoth chat with XCOM: Enemy Unknown's lead designer at Firaxis Jake Solomon, we talk Chrysalids, the death and critical wounding of your soldiers, the fanbase, why min-maxing X-COM's not all it's cracked up to be, the base, the geoscape and which of the original game's aliens didn't make the cut...

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Feature: The origins of a reimagining

Know Your Enemy: Firaxis On XCOM, Part 1

They did it. They really did it. As we unexpectedly discovered last month, Firaxis are remaking/reimagining the original X-COM, the 1993 title that is quite rightly often hailed as the greatest game ever made. Recently, I had a long, fascinating and genuinely reassuring chat with XCOM: Enemy Unknown's lead designer and evident fellow X-COM gonk Jake Solomon - in this first of three parts, he…

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