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The Stakes Are High in The Last Defence

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By Endzville17-07-2013

The last we saw of The Bureau: XCOM Declassified was a gameplay trailer of the 3rd person tactical combat, which looked like a combination of Mass Effect with other tactical shooters, such as the Brothers In Arms series' precise squad control. The trailer released today shows off a bit more of this gameplay, which does indeed bring to mind Bioware's Mass Effect with the ability to combine your squad's powers (you know, in order to turn your Engineer's petty, ordinary turret into a levitating force of death for those enemies who dare to cower behind cover), but it's a bit more focused on setting the scene for what we can expect from the game's story this time around.

Although new to the series as of Enemy Unknown, I'm to understand that longtime fans of the series are a little split in their feelings here, but hopefully this trailer will be of some reassurance. The game's due for release on August 23rd so we won't be waiting long to find out if this is a true successor to the series or not anyway. Those who like what they see thus far and can't wait that long...well, you'll have to, but a pre-order of the game will grant you access to the Codebreakers special mission DLC if you're so inclined, and more DLC will apparently follow this post-release.

Let us know what you think of this latest trailer in the comment space below.


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Well, the Mass Effect squad play was...horrible, so that's not a difficult thing to improve on really

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If anything, from what I've seen I think they've improved the squad-based aspect of Mass Effect's gameplay. I think Bioware really perfected the twitch-based aspect of their gameplay in 3, so I'm really excited to see the squad-based, tactical aspect get some attention in this game.

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On the whole, I think they've done a really good job of balancing the older RTS feel, with a smoother, potentially faster paced third person perspective

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Enemy Unknown was also my introduction to XCOM and loved it. I am very excited about this game, too, even though I wish I could have more XCOM:EU action.