I have spent a good set of years playing the x-com series. I find it interesting that so many people have come to hate as well as love this game, that is has gotten an 8.2. Which is good, yet not perfect.
Gameplay is repetitive was one complaint. So is C.O.D, which is shoot kill and repeat and I don't see people complaining that. I find it challenging, since I have died close to 10+ times.
The gameplay is really interesting and entertaining. Once I get my agents rank to 5, chaos breaks loose. From laser cannons to drop shields to cloaks and bombardments. None of these powers were in Firaxis version.
The story has kept me on the edge of my seat. Is it hard to follow, YES! Which is great! Every mission gives me more questions than answers. It's as if I was watching Sherlock Holmes. Nothing makes since till the very end. And I am watching this going, "Ooooh, that's why."
It is a third person shooter. A lot of people don't know that there has been another x-com game with 3rd person shooter for a good set of years. That is X-Com Enforcer which was released in 2001. This is an asset instead of a setback. Since it is Carter's story, not mine. I am seeing what he is doing and it feels like a story to me.
I always wanted to know how the XCOM came to be, who started it, why. I always wanted to explore the base and see what an agent sees, talk with an alien. I wanted to feel what the agents feels when their friend dies at their hands.
This game delivers all that, and more. Now if people are still complaining over the new gameplay and how it is not the same as the old xcoms, I want all those people to hear this: That is why this game was delayed for a year. To make others happy with the firaxis XCOM, which is an amazing game and all and here's another happy news, There's is another add-on for that game.
Bottom line is this: It's a game meant to explain how xcom came to be. And most people don't even realize that the voice of Agent Carter is the same voice for the Council. HINT HINT!
yes: I recommend this product