Paranoid Jack wrote on Sep 7, 2012, 21:37:
I own and have messed around with all the old games but unfortunately never had a chance to play them all when they were in their prime. I doubt they will ever be able to recreate or recapture what was so special about most of the old games we loved simple because the technology has moved so far beyond the standards of old. Back then you had to use your imagination more. Today's games do much more of that for you with their shiny imaging.
Not saying you can't use DOSBox or whatever to have a good time playing old games. I do it myself from time to time. And occasionally I have an awesome time too. Its just never the same. You can't turn back time and you can't put the genie back in the bottle. At least I've never had the same satisfaction when I do dig out an oldie and play it now while comparing the experience to my memories of the first time. It is in part due to the so called rose colored glasses effect. Its just hard to go back once you've played so many games with flashy modern graphics.
I think the last TBS I loved warts and all was Silent Storm. After playing it through almost three times Sentinels came out and I played it through but I was less satisfied since they didn't really expand on the original.
That said... I like what I've seen with this remake or re-imaging to be more precise. I will most likely purchase this before the release. Wishing there were a demo out. I plan on watching the let's play type videos a bit later. Still at this time the only thing I can think about is GW2 and/or DayZ.
Well said! I agree that when i was younger and the graphics not quite as pretty, that my imagination kicked into high gear leaving inflated results.
XCOM is one of those games that when i replay my imagination (being in my mid 30's) still kicks into gear and lets me run wild. What i'm so excited about this 'Reimagination' as others like to call it is that its not some cookie cutter Xcom copy (Xenonauts), why would i want to play that when i can play the original that has so much more built in memories?
This new XCOM game looks different, but i'm betting that the most important thing remains similar, gameplay. Other aspects such as the more cinematic approach is actually what excites me believe it or not. Older you get less your imagination kicks in, this is where i'm betting (really really hoping) that firaxis will come through.
The other idea's such as the Ant farm style base building as me absolutely giddy with antisipation! I'm so happy that this isnt a carbon copy, but expanded upon in meaningful ways. I couldnt of picked a better turn based strategy company to do an Xcom 'reimagination' if i tried. I have really high hopes for this one. If it indeed bombs its Prozac/Zoloft cocktails for about half a decade for me