The launch trailer for XCOM: Enemy Unknown, subtitled "Our Last Hope," offers a look at gameplay to celebrate next week's release of Firaxis' continuation of the X-COM series of sci-fi strategy/action games. They say: "Take command of XCOM headquarters, recruit and train your soldiers, and research alien technology to advance the capabilities of your squad. The battle against the enemy will be tough, and success will depend on your ability to keep your recruits alive and evolve them from rookies to more skilled and powerful soldiers. You are our last hope to save humanity from the global alien invasion. Good luck, Commander."
I gave the demo a try and I'm happy with what I see. Not happy enough to pay $45 but it's better than I expected. I think they went a bit too far on the cut scenes. Maybe it's just the demo but at several points they just seemed annoying. When you choose to research your first tech in the demo based on this the lady scientist talks to you for 15 seconds or so about the expected results. This might be a tutorial thing and it doesn't show up in the full game as much but I noticed this kind of thing in many places. Every mission you launch you get this briefing that goes on for too long in my opinion.
Maybe all this stuff is a non issue in the full game but the demo ended before you could do even one mission without training wheels on so the end result is a wait and see feeling.
I'll keep an eye out for some GMG specials. They had a 25% off coupon that I tried to use but it said Xcom wasn't eligible.
Oh well, gotta buy something during steam winter sale right?