Downloaded this last night - whilst the video does show off the tank quite a lot (a manned
tank on the battlefield I might add
) it does show off a LOT of cool stuff - good guys and a whole heap of bad guys.
I'll start by saying the sounds and unit animations aren't the best, and the graphics aren't exactly Half Life 2, but since we all remember and mostly still play the ultra-blocky X-COM games, I hope we can all see past that.
The Geoscape looks cool - the interceptions seem to cut to a very well done animation of the ships shooting down the UFO and then back to the Geoscape with shots impacting on the marker representing the UFO.
Interceptions seem to work as in X-COM. Good start. A shot down UFO becomes a UFO crash site which you then send your landing craft out to. You arm up as in the X-COM games, with load points spread out more like in X-COM Apocalypse.
The in-game portions of the gameplay trailer reveal that the unit heads (the pics of your men at the bottom of the page) are animated just for that nice extra touch. There are tanks which you can take onto the battlefield, and later on robots (not just the one from the screenshot we've seen that looks like he's off Robocop
Line of sight works as in X-COM it seems, as does reaction fire, and the ultra-annoying but realistic being shot by hard-ass enemies out of your vision range
There's some cool area effect weapons (again, sound and animation a bit shaky, but gameplay looks great) with gas, explosions and possibly acid.
The good guys can also wear different levels of armour depending on research levels in the game.
The bit that really grabbed me though was, and I realise this is only a gameplay video, the intuitiveness of the combat system. You click on the gun you want to fire, you click on an enemy and a pop-up menu appears next to your cursor with the usual options - snap shot, aimed and auto - depending on the capabilites of your gun.
Overall, it may well turn out to be a bit of a hit to be honest! If the story's good, and the gameplay is as good as I think it looks, then any other minor flaws I can live with.
This could be the new X-COM
The video is definitely worth downloading,
though they could have done with less footage of the tank
May your terror missions always be infested with Chrysalids.