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OpenXcom Reaches Acceptable Release

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By Mokman13-05-2013

Graphics of old, running on systems of new

I see you played XCOM: Enemy Unknown. Sniff. It's alright, I guess, but way too mainstream. I mean, they totally sold out, am I right? That's the problem with any game that's been released past 2003 - though all you sheep probably don't even know what I'm talking about. *Puts on pink beret while straightening tweed jacket* Anyway, for those slightly more... cultured, there's a project that's been going on since 2009 which has recently reached a decent level of completion - OpenXcom, a overhaul that attempts to change the original XCOM game such that it doesn't require DOSBox and modernizes the game, while still keeping to its roots. You've probably never heard of it.

Hipsterism aside, there's actually a whole bevy of reasons why you would want to fire up XCOM again, foremost amongst which is the fact that the new XCOM shooter is planned to release somewhere this year, and perhaps you'd like to get into the alien-blasting mood once again.

Although there has been spiritual successors such as Enemy Unknown and the newly-entering-open-beta Xenonauts, perhaps what you crave is some of the old feel, but without the hassle. This is where OpenXcom comes in, for those who don't have the time or patience to deal with DOSBox and the admittedly, mind-meltingly frustrating interface. It even scales up the resolutions to make it seem as if it were a game from the last decade, rather than the last century. There's quite a few modifications made to the game, some of which may or may not take away from its nostalgic feel, as you may judge from the list here, but ultimately, it's still good ol' XCOM and it's definitely worth playing.

There is one small problem, and that is that the original game is needed in order to play - although one can do so simply by finding the data files online or from Steam/GoG. However, this may not be exactly legal, and the creator of OpenXcom has addressed this issue by stating that "it's kind of a grey area", and has "contacted the copyright holders just to be sure but they never replied back, so I'm just playing it safe like every other remake." Still, OpenXcom is definitely worth a look, especially if you have the original XCOM game installed on your rig. Which you should have. You uncultured plebian.


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Morroblivion can get away with this (and so can Skywind apparently), so I don't doubt that OpenXcom freely inhabits the legal side of the grey area