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#1 Dirty Harry Potter

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Posted 21 March 2003 - 06:05 AM

im sure some of you knows about this, but there's a new xcom game coming X-com: Aftermath

Gameplay highlights include:
-Simultaneous turn-based combat:
-combines the best of the real-time and turn-based combat systems;
-Randomly generated tactical missions: Each playing field is unique, no two games are the same;
-Strong RPG elements: your soldiers will improve as they gain more experience, allowing you to make specialists like snipers, medics, and many more;
-Intricate, rich, and frighteningly alien setting displayed in full 3D.

also it looks like you only can control up to 7 men - at least that's what i make out if the screenies

to me it looks like a X-com'ified fallout tactics game, but still nice. - sorry for posting this in the wrong forum, could an admin move it to the general xcom forum?
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Posted 21 March 2003 - 07:35 AM

It's not really an x-com game so that won't be interfering with our work.
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Posted 21 March 2003 - 09:53 AM

And if it was a XCom related work, we are doing this for fun... so it wont interfere either...

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Posted 21 March 2003 - 11:59 AM

And yes, I believe we've all heard of it. I have been tracking it for two and a half years.

I think some people are under the impression that because UFO: Aftermath is neither advertised now discussed on this website (like all the other xcom websites do) that people do not know about the game. That is untrue.

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Posted 21 March 2003 - 12:10 PM

It doesn't look like an X-Com game, is it?

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Posted 21 March 2003 - 12:21 PM

It doesn't look like an X-Com game, is it?

It was inspired by the xcom games and orignally developed by the makers of UFO Defense.

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Posted 21 March 2003 - 02:16 PM

there are "non-alien" aliens! :D. As i remember there is something like big abdomen with thin legs and lots of eyes O_o.

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Posted 21 March 2003 - 02:37 PM

some time after making this topic i noticed there's alreayd one about it in the
General X-com discussion forum - there's also some info about some mods, and other X-com based games - so i suggest we move the discusion there. just to keep down the number of topics.

there are "non-alien" aliens!

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Posted 22 March 2003 - 06:30 PM

From their website, I am not really enthusiastic about the game. They seem to be diverging from the combination of what made the game fun, and they appear to be leaving the economic management behind and only keeping the combat... :erm: Well, whatever... If you like playing Jagged Alliance but with aliens, then you might like it. Have fun.

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Posted 23 March 2003 - 04:10 AM

I have not heard of it, before. Nice with some combatision :P

Gameplay highlights include:

-Simultaneous turn-based combat:
-So the turns come after each other? Weee :wacko: new feature!

-combines the best of the real-time and turn-based combat systems;
-So you have to wait for it to be our turn, while the aliens can run arround and shot even on your turn? :P

-Randomly generated tactical missions: Each playing field is unique, no two games are the same;
-No, the first mission is called mission 001, and the second is 002 :P

-Strong RPG elements: your soldiers will improve as they gain more experience, allowing you to make specialists like snipers, medics, and many more;
-You can in X-com: enemy unknown. It is just to type Mark Nash (Medic) as the name :P

-Intricate, rich, and frighteningly alien setting displayed in full 3D.
-:D rich aliens? You mean they are running arround in expensive suits? :P :P

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Posted 23 March 2003 - 04:16 AM

frighteningly aliens? I just looked at the pics on the site. :LOL: :LOL: :LOL: :LOL: :LOL: :LOL: i am SO afraid!!!!!


(but well it seams to be a great platform concept. But it is just not X-com)

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Posted 23 March 2003 - 04:20 PM

Hey Mikker!!!

don't tell me you forgot to feed that alien again!!!!!! :D

can they hold a weapon???
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Posted 24 March 2003 - 02:04 PM

Sorry Xracer, but i could not find its mouth :P

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Posted 08 May 2003 - 12:36 AM

IMHO i think this game is goign to crash :wave: and burn

on the other hand Xcom fans might just buy it because is tradition :blink:
well we will soon find out.

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When is it supossed to be release??
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Posted 26 September 2003 - 07:50 AM

It doesn't look like an X-Com game, is it?

It was inspired by the xcom games and orignally developed by the makers of UFO Defense.

Dreamland Chronicles was the one being developed by the original creators of XCom: UFO Defense. For funding reasons IIRC, the project got cancelled and this company either bought the source code or licensing or whatever but after tinkering with it for a few months they decided to start from scratch, abandoning everything from Dreamland Chronicles. (One nifty feature of dreamland chronicles, was you can enter a 1st person mode for each of your soldiers in squad, and target aliens that way! seemed pretty neat)

Yeah this game is simultaneous turn, but it wont be crazy because you can pause anytime you want, and onc ertain events. For example, if you're progressing through a mission in real time and a soldier spots an alien, immediately the game pauses and you can alter your orders. I think you can specify other events to pause the game.

My biggest gripes are:
  • cannot customize your bases
  • cannot enter buildings during a mission
  • battlescape is not totally destructable like XComs, only selec tobjects are destructable
  • during ANY mission you are LIMITED TO ONLY 7 guys!!! That's absurd IMO because either that means your guys are Rambos or the aliens are weaklings. You almost cannot afford casualties. It ruins a big feel of XCom, which is that aliens are super human highly advanced, and you need an army of guys to combat them, and expect high losses!
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Posted 26 September 2003 - 08:00 AM

Think Apocalypse and you have the gameplay right there, just in 3D. I'm not particuarly bothered that you can't enter buildings, anything apart from big building battles are boring IMO, I hated it in Apoc. UFO's are different, you know there are aliens in there but searching around in buildings doesn't=fun to me. I liked the more open maps, or at least outdoors with stuff in the way.

Yeah the 7 man team is shite but it's probably an attempt to make you actually give a damn about the soldiers ( I know I didn't in UFO, "You, rook, run into that building with two alien nades primed for 0 turns and find the bugs for me, yeah?" )

The important stuff is still destructable, if a fence is in the way then u can blow it up. Same with a bush etc, basically the reason is because they don't want you to enter buildings for above stated reasons.

Got nothing to say about bases but ffs :cussing:

Still going to be good I think, just don't expect X-Com 7

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Posted 27 September 2003 - 04:42 AM

I have great hope for this game. The graphics look pretty good. It sounds very much inspired by the great combo of strategy and combat that I loved about XCOM1.

While I loved the original XCOM, I have a hard time with its dated look and I can only play it for a little while before it crashes on my current system. I look forward to a game with modern graphics that might give me even just a taste of the original.

The 7 man squad seems about right to me. Just enough for you to really care about their welfare after they have developed. Apparently, part of the game concept is having to find more people and resources to continue fighting back the alien 'biomass' takeover.

The 'biomass' concept that is presented sounds interesting too. The 'War against the Chtorr' series by David Gerrold may have inspired this. His series is about an alien ecosystem that starts to take over the Earth. I would recommend it for any scifi buffs.

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Posted 27 September 2003 - 03:56 PM

I preordered it! Even if it was the crappiest game in the world (on the level of daikatana :shiver: ) I would still play it, because it is the direct descendant of xcom. At least until xenocide is released. :)
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Posted 27 September 2003 - 04:53 PM

I preordered it! Even if it was the crappiest game in the world (on the level of daikatana :shiver: ) I would still play it, because it is the direct descendant of xcom. At least until xenocide is released. :)

U know, I really want to play Daikatana. Not because I think I would enjoy it but because I want to know what the worst game in the world really is like. It's like a taboo, "OMG, you aren't thinking of buying Daikatana are you? What the heck is wrong with you, man!"

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Posted 27 September 2003 - 05:29 PM

Well, a lot of daikatana was hype. Everyone expected it to be great, with great levels, sounds, gameplay, etc. Especially since it was made by the guy who make quake 1 and 2. However, at best, it is mediocre (bordering on coaster material) and at worst it isn't even worth Peeing on it.
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