The XCom vibe really cannot be overstated. Something about this game very much has that feel.
Part of it stems around the idea of having a little team of dudes that you choose to drop into the mess… part of it comes from the fact you’re fighting weird alien things… part of it is the tension and craziness that can occur (although I have yet to be mind controlled and forced to kill my teammates with my own grenades).
As you progress, you start encountering new enemy types, and when you first run into them shit can get real crazy real fast.
For instance, we were playing last night, and ran into some new type of enemy… without giving too much away, I thought it was some other type of enemy which you encounter fairly early, and went to pick it off with a headshot. Well, this one had some kind of carapace protecting its head, so that didn’t work. Instead, it just pissed it off, causing it to howl and attract everything else.
So that was bad… I’m like, “Uh, guys, I just shot something… and it won’t die.” and then the thing disappears into the ground. “Uh… GUYS. Something bad is happening!”
“Yeah, we know, there’s a ton of stuff coming in.”
“No man, some kind of NEW Bad is happening!”
Then the thing bursts out of the ground real close, and one of my buddies is like “OMG WTF IS THAT THING IT’S IN THE ROOM WITH US!”
“I DON’T KNOW! WTF! KILL IT KILL IT KILL IT!”