Yes, I loved this game (and still love it, I was just in the middle of a new playthrough now that I eventually got it to work again). It was one of the main influence in my own game, Zodiac Legion actually (when it comes to designing large levels, for the mix of melee and ranged combat. I still need to add medieval jetpacks!).
There is also a 40K mod for OpenXCOM, but I haven’t checked it out extensively (ie, I just fumbled my way into a very quick defeat).
This is a dramatic understatement. I think you can make the case for “worst cover of all time” (although I would consider that argument partly based on my thinking that Enter Sandman is a mediocre song to begin with).
I’m pretty happy we’re getting something new and different. We’ve seen a number of tactical games recently - Phoenix Point, Wasteland, and any number of clones out on Steam. Let them try something new.
But why do you care? It’s just a single song for a trailer. I care much more about the potential game than some song in the trailer. Seriously, of all the things to care about in the trailer, this has to be about at the bottom :)
Was anyone making an argument that the song was indicative of anything other than (1) being a hilariously, historically awful cover and (2) a hilariously, probably historically marketing choice? Did you think we were speaking in code and secretly suggesting that a bad song in the trailer meant the game would be bad?
Yes, but we can talk about multiple things regarding the trailer all at once. I mean, most of us can.
We don’t know anything about this game other than XCOM is being compromised and polluted with superhero nonsense, so irrelevant arguments about music choices in the trailer is all that’s left.
And what a glorious music choice it is! In 2021, most publishers’ trailer factories would flatly refuse to use a slow, soulful cover of a hard rock song. Some spineless coward in a suit probably explained this was already a cliche ten years ago, that it was always stupid, it’s distracting and the song has no connection to the game. But 2K’s marketing team doesn’t compromise on art. When the opportunity presented itself, they said “Fuck them all, we’re doing Enter Sandman”.
Does it seem a little weird that Jake’s thesis statement in his early interviews on this is “If you think this is Marvel meets XCom, you’re wrong.” As if Marvel meets XCom wouldn’t be kind of freaking awesome.
He’s probably just trying to set expectations appropriately. I thought there was actually an XCom-based superhero game back in the 1990s that got cancelled, so maybe a straight port of the concept doesn’t work. However, my GoogleFu is failing me in trying to lookup the game’s name, so perhaps I’m misremembering.
[Edit] Okay, after poking around some more, I found it. It was Guardians: Agents of Justice. Developed by Simtex who also developed Master of Orion I and II and Master of Magic and it was supposed to be published by Microprose which also published the original XCom games.
I remember a lot of people (including me) being bummed out when it got cancelled.