I have a cold and figured starting a new game might make existance more tolerable so I went and bought XCOM 2. I’ve managed to put it off for 4 years but now the whole thing was on sale, so why not?
I like the core gameplay but I feel this constant low-key irritation while I’m playing it. The main issue is that the game is rushing me through every mission with arbitrary mechanics. If it isn’t an actual timer or turn limit it’s infinitely respawning enemies or something else that makes me feel like I have to constatnly hurry from objective to objective. I understand why you’d want to push the player and keep them from being too passive and cautious in a game like this, but this is too much for me.
Outside the missions there are too many cutscenes and too much talking. I’m probably exaggerating wildly but it seems like about 10 minutes of cutscenes and dialogue for every 15 I spend in a mission, and I’m not even bothering reading much of the text and descriptions because by the time the talking is done I just want to get on with things.
And then there’s the mission select screen. Really cool in theory to make you come up with strategies and prioritise between different missions. But the game rarely actually lets me do that. I’ll figure out I need something for a science project or to build new gear and set my sights on a mission or resource that’ll let me do that. But then the game gets agressively pissy at me.
It’s not really like this, but this is what it feels like:
“WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU DOING COMMANDER!? LOOK AT THIS MISSION OVER HERE. I TOLD YOU IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT: YOU’RE THE COMMANDER AND YOU CAN DO WHATEVER YOU WANT I SUPPOSE, BUT IF YOU WEREN’T A GODDAMN MORON YOU’D DO THIS MISSION RIGHT NOW”.
Okay, I’ll do that and then get back to what I was doing. Set sail. Take flight. Whatever, but as I’ve gotten half way there…
“OH SHIT COMMANDER THE ALIENS ARE ATTACKING OUR BUDDIES! GOTTA GO SAVE THEM RIGHT FUCKING NOW!”
Can’t I just do this other mission you told me to do fir…
“THEY’RE ALL GONNA DIE COMMANDER! WE GOTTA SAVE THEM!”
Okay I’ll go save them and then do the other mission. There, now can I…
“BOOM! TICKING CLOCK ELEMENT ON THE WORLD MAP! THE ALIENS ARE SCIENCING SOME BAD SHIT!”
What? But this is the strategic element, do I really have to stress around here as well? What are they doing?
“WE HAVE NO IDEA BUT WE KNOW EXACTLY HOW MUCH PROGRESS THEY’VE MADE. TICK TOCK!”
Can I just do this one thing first?
“YOU’RE THE COMMANDER, COMMANDER. I AIN’T TELLING YOU WHAT TO DO, BUT IT WOULD BE REALLY STUPID NOT TO DO ONE OF THESE THREE MISSIONS.”
Okay, I guess I’ll…
“HOLY SHIT COMMANDER! WE GOT INTERCEPTED BY A UFO! HOLDOUT MISSION!”
But I just wanted to make a cool shotgun. Why are you like this?
I don’t hate it by any means and I’ll absolutely be playing more of it, but this is definitely not what I was hoping for and I’m not in the mood for being jerked around this much. it’ll be going on the backburner for a little while.