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X-COM What genre is XCOM?

Discussion in 'Tactical Gaming' started by J1M, Feb 10, 2019.

  1. J1M Arcane

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    What genre is XCOM? I've seen it referred to inconsistently as part of existing genres. Is it distinct enough to have carved out a new genre?
     
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  2. Jacob Changed title because of Crispy Patron

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    Grab the Codex by the pussy
    It is turn based tac tacs
     
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  3. IncendiaryDevice Self-Ejected Village Idiot

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    Squad Tactics. But yeah, we should really refer to more games as X-Com-Likes but it doesn't roll of the tongue like Diablo-clone or Souls-like. Think of a good catchphrase and it will happen.
     
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  4. J1M Arcane

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    That definition ignores the other half of the game.
     
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  5. Jacob Changed title because of Crispy Patron

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    It is, but that half of the game is not built from an established genre, nor has been copied enough in itself to become a new genre. It is a feature specifically made for whatever the vision the devs had. It might be inspired by some obscure video game or tabletop but it's a feature that defies any genre convention. Defining what genre it is would be pointless.
     
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  6. Thane Solus LW Games Developer

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    jrpg
     
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  7. Circuit the Short Self-Ejected

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    RPG game.
     
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  8. MadMaxHellfire Arcane

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    it belongs to the class of games "this good are never going to be done again".
     
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  9. Mustawd Arcane

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    :negative:
     
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  10. Black Arcane

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    It's X-Com.
     
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  11. Mazisky Erudite

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    It's its own genre since every other game of the same genre is called "Xcom-like".
     
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  12. grom Educated

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    Strategy or tactical game gets the point across just fine.
     
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  13. Jason Liang Arcane

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    squad tactics/ squad management with a strategic layer
     
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  14. Fedora Master Arcane Patron

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    Tactical :popamole:
     
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  15. dawcio Learned

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    It is it's own genre which is a mix of strategy/tactical/economic
     
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  16. Black Arcane

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    Bad spelling.
     
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  17. thesheeep Arcane Patron

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    Bad comment.
     
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  18. Zed Duke of Banville Zo Kath Ra Patron

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    X-Com is a squad-based tactics game with a strategic overlay and slight RPG elements.

    Also one of the Top 50 games of all time. +M
     
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  19. Darth Canoli Magister

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    Fixed.

    About the genre, it's almost a 4X, let's say it's a 3X except better.
     
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  20. Falksi Arcane

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    Rape simulator
     
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  21. hoothoot Arcane Patron

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    exopolitical simulator with tactical minigames
     
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  22. Cael Dumbfuck! Dumbfuck

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    Pretty much this.

    I still remember the first time I played Enemy Unknown. Ouchies. 80% mortality rate... It made zapping a Sectoid with a stun rod so satisfying. Payback's a bitch!
     
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  23. Luka-boy Arcane

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    Is 'Masterpiece' a genre?
     
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  24. Jiggy Boobles TESTOSTERONIC As Fuckā„¢ Patron

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    First Person Shooter with Quick Time Events, but the technology of the time couldn't express the creator's full vision :codexisfor:
     
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  25. Cael Dumbfuck! Dumbfuck

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    The Codex triggering thread is that way.
     
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