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The Bureau Trailer Shows Improvement

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By MrJenssen28-06-2013

Boy, has this game come a long way. Upon its initial announcement as the rebirth of the XCOM franchise a few years ago, 2K Games and developer 2K Marin caught a lot of flak for their decision to turn our beloved XCOM franchise into a rather mindless third person shooter. On top of it having nothing to do with XCOM, it also didn't look very good as a game on its own. As a result of the uproar, another XCOM game was announced. XCOM: Enemy Unknown, developed by Civ studio Firaxis.

A sort of not-so spiritual successor to the old games, Enemy Unknown would turn out to be a turn based strategy game, more in line with the franchise's roots. In the meantime, the other XCOM game went black for a while, and then resurfaced as The Bureau: XCOM Declassified.

Though there's been promises of a shift to align more with the universe and gameplay style of the old XCOM games, we didn't see much of the game until E3 came along. Now, there's another trailer. It showcases some of the powers you, as a squad leader, have available to you. Apparently, you'll be able to command your teammates around, flanking enemies, throwing grenades and so on. The end result looks like the offspring of a merging between Brothers In Arms and Mass Effect, with hefty stylistic doses of Fallout 3.

Being a fan of the original XCOM: UFO Defense, I'm not too sure what to think of this. Though it looks like it has virtually nothing at all to do with the franchise's origins, it still doesn't look half-bad. It's certainly a good improvement over what we were served earlier, before the name change.


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