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HTP The Bureau: XCom Declassified by jollyjack HTP The Bureau: XCom Declassified by jollyjack
I first caught sight of The Bureau a couple of years back, and from the off: I thought it looked and sounded like a great game.
It had a retro setting, it had aliens that LOOKED alien and the gameplay sounded like it focused as much on investigation as it did gunplay.

Fast forward to today: we still have the retro setting, but the cool looking aliens are replaced by the generic pap we've seen again and again and the gameplay is cover-based shooting with squad elements that becomes very repetetive.
The whole thing feels like it was a new IP that was shoe-horned into the XCom franchise.

What a waste.

Watch the video charting the evolution (though I feel "devolution" is more apt) of the game to see what once was, and what could have been:…
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House-Lyrander Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I watched an LP of this over on SomethingAwful where the co-comentator was an actual designer and playtester for the game, and he pretty much confirmed that it was the backlash from the X-Com Old Guard and gross mismanagement by executives that did this puppy in.
Toonwatcher Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
Do I want to know what panel 6 is about?
sarielv Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
Devs have an ability to come up with awesome ideas to design games with no fucking clue on how to deliver them.. so we keep getting the usual crap.
Lord-Luca-the-Third Featured By Owner May 17, 2014

And all at once, I'm glad I didn't buy The Bureau: XCOM Declassified today.
Feminine-Hygiene Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You are right on with this comic. I actually laughed a lot while reading it. I love the hat part the most. :D
prettyprincess45 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Student Photographer
I have the xbox version and it was alright. They could have made the game longer though.
Dosrev Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
I couldn't agree with this comic more.  I was terribly let down by the game.  Don't know about the XBox version but the PC also suffers from quite a few bugs, some of which are pretty game breaking and force you to reload to the last checkpoint after restarting the computer.  (yes, it's that bad)
ganstergirl8907 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Student Photographer
WHAT WERE UR DESTANY hmm going to the bathroom lol or just standing here like i am lol well if if wants to know whats the things destany is thats what it is cause thats all it proubaly dose all of the time1 lol good one right!
Madpredator Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
Can you do critics for Bioshock?
jollyjack Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
I did BioShock back in 2008 :)
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