History NightmareFuel / XCom

30th Jun '15 3:23:38 AM WanderingBrowser
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Removing some remake-exclusive notes.
* Also from the reboot, the [[TheMenInBlack Thin Men]], a modernized version of the Snakemen. Faster, more mobile, and they both spit poison and explode into poison when killed. Oh, and they look [[UncannyValley almost human]]. Good hunting! * Sometimes, due to a glitch in ''Enemy Unknown'', an enemy unit may spontaneously appear next to one of your soldiers as if they teleported from out of nowhere. Bad enough when it is a Muton or Cyberdisk, maybe even a Sectoid, but this can also happen with a '''''[[HumongousMecha Sectopod]]'''''. * The tutorial mission of the reboot is pretty creepy too. You come across German soldiers, one that's been killed with conventional (for the aliens) weaponry, and one that's been somehow eviscerated when, to use Dr. Vahlen's words, tore its way out of his chest. Then there's a German soldier from inside a building calling "Hilfe..." What does that mean? ''"Help me."'' * Floaters and Heavy Floaters from the remake. Several times more horrific than the original game's counterparts, and very, very dangerous in the early game. * Let's think about this from the [[MookHorrorShow alien mooks' perspective,]] shall we? So your leaders tell you to [[spoiler: forcibly uplift a primitive race known as humans.]] Pah, easy you say. These primitive apes are still using ballistics weaponry and they haven't even figured out practical spaceflight yet. So you send out the Sectoids to start abducting. And then, out of nowhere, a squad of ''four'' of these humans shows up and slaughters your advance guard [[spoiler: (assuming you didn't play the [[PyrrhicVictory tutorial]])]]. Okay, you think. We'll send in the Thin Men, Floaters, Mutons, and Chryssalids. ''They'' get slaughtered. Then, your spacecraft start getting shot down by this same mysterious group of humans. Now, the rumors have started among the rank and file of a horrific creature known only as "[[HotScientist Doctor]] [[EnsembleDarkhorse Vahlen,]]" who will capture you, place you in a glass pod, and '''[[TortureTechnician stick probes]] [[WeHaveWaysOfMakingYouTalk into your brain]]''' to gain information on you! And [[SerialEscalation THEN,]] this same group of humans, having turned ''[[HoistByHisOwnPetard your own weapons]] [[HumansAdvanceSwiftly against you,]]'' breaches your base and utterly slaughters everyone inside. They never leave any survivors, and they always take the corpses to their horrific underground base to be dissected and used as ''[[BodyHorror weapons.]]'' So you start bringing out the bigger guns: Sectoid Commanders, Muton Berserkers, Muton Elites, Sectopods, Cyberdisks, more powerful spacecraft, the works. ''[[TheWorfBarrage They're all slaughtered.]]'' And those psionics that gave you a massive edge early in the invasion? '''[[OhCrap The humans have them too,]]''' and they'll use them, [[EvilLaugh chortling horrifically]] [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters while they do it.]] You think you have it bad? Try being a platoon of Thin Men or Sectoids on a Council mssion going up against a squad of Colonels and Majors.
1st Jun '15 3:49:53 PM calamity2007
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* The premise of the sequel to ''Enemy Unknown''. [[DownerBeginning Apparently since Enemy Unknown aliens have conquered the world. Creating a world which they project as aliens helping mankind but in fact is just a totalitarian regime. Also X-COM has been reduced to a small guerrilla faction]]. Considering how strong X-COM got by the end of ''Enemy Unknown'' the new alien faction must be extremely powerful.
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* The premise of the sequel to ''Enemy Unknown''. [[DownerBeginning Apparently since Enemy Unknown aliens have conquered the world. Creating a world which they project as aliens helping mankind but in fact is just a totalitarian regime. Also X-COM has been reduced to a small guerrilla faction]]. Considering how strong X-COM got by the end of ''Enemy Unknown'' the new alien faction must be extremely powerful.
1st Jun '15 3:49:13 PM calamity2007
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* The premise of the sequel to ''Enemy Unknown''. [[DownerBeginning Apparently since ''Enemy Unknown'' aliens have conquered the world. Creating a world which they project as aliens helping mankind but in fact is just a totalitarian regime. Also X-COM has been reduced to a small guerrilla faction]]. Considering how strong X-COM got by the end of ''Enemy Unknown'' the new alien faction must be extremely powerful.
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* The premise of the sequel to ''Enemy Unknown''. [[DownerBeginning Apparently since ''Enemy Unknown'' Enemy Unknown aliens have conquered the world. Creating a world which they project as aliens helping mankind but in fact is just a totalitarian regime. Also X-COM has been reduced to a small guerrilla faction]]. Considering how strong X-COM got by the end of ''Enemy Unknown'' the new alien faction must be extremely powerful.
1st Jun '15 3:47:42 PM calamity2007
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* The premise of the sequel to ''Enemy Unknown''. [[DownerBeginning Apparently since ''Enemy Unknown'' aliens have conquered the world. Creating a world which they project as aliens helping mankind but in fact is just a totalitarian regime. Also X-COM has been reduced to a small guerrilla faction]]. Considering how strong X-COM got by the end of ''Enemy Unknown'' the new alien faction must be extremely powerful.
9th Jun '14 2:21:52 PM anonitor
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* Let's think about this from the [[MookHorrorShow alien mooks' perspective,]] shall we? So your leaders tell you to [[spoiler: forcibly uplift a primitive race known as humans.]] Pah, easy you say. These primitive apes are still using ballistics weaponry and they haven't even figured out practical spaceflight yet. So you send out the Sectoids to start abducting. And then, out of nowhere, a squad of ''four'' of these humans shows up and slaughters your advance guard [[spoiler: (assuming you didn't play the [[PyrrhicVictory tutorial]])]]. Okay, you think. We'll send in the Thin Men, Floaters, Mutons, and Chryssalids. ''They'' get slaughtered. Then, your spacecraft start getting shot down by this same mysterious group of humans. Now, the rumors have started among the rank and file of a horrific creature known only as "[[HotScientist Doctor]] [[EnsembleDarkhorse Vahlen,]]" who will capture you, place you in a glass pod, and '''[[TortureTechnician stick probes]] [[WeHaveWaysOfMakingYouTalk into your brain]]''' to gain information on you! And [[SerialEscalation THEN,]] this same group of humans, having turned ''[[HoistByHisOwnPetard your own weapons]] [[HumansAdvanceSwiftly against you,]]'' breaches your base and utterly slaughters everyone inside. They never leave any survivors, and they always take the corpses to their horrific underground base to be dissected and used as ''[[BodyHorror weapons.]]'' So you start bringing out the bigger guns: Sectoid Commanders, Muton Berserkers, Muton Elites, Sectopods, Cyberdisks, more powerful spacecraft, the works. ''[[TheWorfBarrage They're all slaughtered.]]'' And those psionics tht gave you a massive edge early in the invasion? '''[[OhCrap The humans have them too,]]''' and they'll use them, [[EvilLaugh chortling horrifically]] [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters while they do it.]] You think you have it bad? Try being a platoon of Thin Men or Sectoids on a Council mssion going up against a squad of Colonels and Majors.
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* Let's think about this from the [[MookHorrorShow alien mooks' perspective,]] shall we? So your leaders tell you to [[spoiler: forcibly uplift a primitive race known as humans.]] Pah, easy you say. These primitive apes are still using ballistics weaponry and they haven't even figured out practical spaceflight yet. So you send out the Sectoids to start abducting. And then, out of nowhere, a squad of ''four'' of these humans shows up and slaughters your advance guard [[spoiler: (assuming you didn't play the [[PyrrhicVictory tutorial]])]]. Okay, you think. We'll send in the Thin Men, Floaters, Mutons, and Chryssalids. ''They'' get slaughtered. Then, your spacecraft start getting shot down by this same mysterious group of humans. Now, the rumors have started among the rank and file of a horrific creature known only as "[[HotScientist Doctor]] [[EnsembleDarkhorse Vahlen,]]" who will capture you, place you in a glass pod, and '''[[TortureTechnician stick probes]] [[WeHaveWaysOfMakingYouTalk into your brain]]''' to gain information on you! And [[SerialEscalation THEN,]] this same group of humans, having turned ''[[HoistByHisOwnPetard your own weapons]] [[HumansAdvanceSwiftly against you,]]'' breaches your base and utterly slaughters everyone inside. They never leave any survivors, and they always take the corpses to their horrific underground base to be dissected and used as ''[[BodyHorror weapons.]]'' So you start bringing out the bigger guns: Sectoid Commanders, Muton Berserkers, Muton Elites, Sectopods, Cyberdisks, more powerful spacecraft, the works. ''[[TheWorfBarrage They're all slaughtered.]]'' And those psionics tht that gave you a massive edge early in the invasion? '''[[OhCrap The humans have them too,]]''' and they'll use them, [[EvilLaugh chortling horrifically]] [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters while they do it.]] You think you have it bad? Try being a platoon of Thin Men or Sectoids on a Council mssion going up against a squad of Colonels and Majors. Majors. *To make matters worse, in the original game all of the above takes place to the pulsing, unsettling [[DroneofDread Battlescape theme;]] the DOS version of the track makes every mission a nightmare. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i72Q1jXnhOQ
30th Apr '14 5:37:16 AM AceOfScarabs
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When "'''Not Enough Time Units!'''" comes at the worst possible moment...
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When "'''Not Enough Time Units!'''" comes at the worst possible moment... [[NightmareFuel/XCOMEnemyUnknown There's a page for the 2012 reboot as well.]]
18th Apr '14 2:32:27 PM NotSoBadassLongcoat
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[[AC:''XCOM'' (no hyphen)]] * If you hang around an investigation scene too long, the SinisterGeometry aliens will arrive and vaporize you. It's scarier than it sounds. * In the first trailer, one of the slithering black blobs killed an XCOM agent ''[[OrificeInvasion by forcing itself down the agent's throat]]''.
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[[AC:''XCOM'' (no hyphen)]] [[AC:''VideoGame/TheBureauXCOMDeclassified'']] * If One early, but mercifully DummiedOut feature was to sic a [[SinisterGeometry Titan]] on you hang if you hung around an investigation scene too long, the SinisterGeometry aliens will arrive and vaporize you. It's scarier than long. Considering its firepower (a [[WaveMotionGun massive beam able to obliterate cover]]), it sounds. could make everyone haul ass at lightspeed. * In the first trailer, one of the slithering black blobs killed an XCOM agent ''[[OrificeInvasion by forcing itself down the agent's throat]]''. throat]]''. Luckily, in the game they're relegated to the role of GoddamnedBats. * The Sleepwalker Virus. It makes people repeat the same short moment from just before the infection, and even the most strong-willed ones can resist it only for a limited time. AndIMustScream.
25th Nov '13 5:33:52 PM kievanrus
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* Let's think about this from the [[MookHorrorShow alien mooks' perspective,]] shall we? So your leaders tell you to [[spoiler: forcibly uplift a primitive race known as humans.]] Pah, easy you say. These primitive apes are still using ballistics weaponry and they haven't even figured out practical spaceflight yet. So you send out the Sectoids to start abducting. And then, out of nowhere, a squad of ''four'' of these humans shows up and slaughters your advance guard [[spoiler: (assuming you didn't play the [[PyrrhicVictory tutorial]])]]. Okay, you think. We'll send in the Thin Men, Floaters, Mutons, and Chryssalids. ''They'' get slaughtered. Then, your spacecraft start getting shot down by this same mysterious group of humans. Now, the rumors have started among the rank and file of a horrific creature known only as "[[HotScientist Doctor]] [[EnsembleDarkhorse Vahlen,]]" who will capture you, place you in a glass pod, and '''[[TortureTechnician stick probes]] [[WeHaveWaysOfMakingYouTalk into your brain]]''' to gain information on you! And [[SerialEscalation THEN,]] this same group of humans, having turned ''[[HoistByHisOwnPetard your own weapons]] [[HumansAdvanceSwiftly against you,]]'' breaches your base and utterly slaughters everyone inside. They never leave any survivors, and they always take the corpses to their horrific underground base to be dissected and used as ''[[BodyHorror weapons.]]'' So you start bringing out the bigger guns: Sectoid Commanders, Muton Berserkers, Muton Elites, Sectopods, Cyberdisks, more powerful spacecraft, the works. ''[[TheWorfBarrage They're all slaughtered.]]'' And those psionics tht gave you a massive edge early in the invasion? '''[[OhCrap The humans have them too,]]''' and they'll use them, [[EvilLaugh chortling horrifically]] [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters while they do it.]]
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* Let's think about this from the [[MookHorrorShow alien mooks' perspective,]] shall we? So your leaders tell you to [[spoiler: forcibly uplift a primitive race known as humans.]] Pah, easy you say. These primitive apes are still using ballistics weaponry and they haven't even figured out practical spaceflight yet. So you send out the Sectoids to start abducting. And then, out of nowhere, a squad of ''four'' of these humans shows up and slaughters your advance guard [[spoiler: (assuming you didn't play the [[PyrrhicVictory tutorial]])]]. Okay, you think. We'll send in the Thin Men, Floaters, Mutons, and Chryssalids. ''They'' get slaughtered. Then, your spacecraft start getting shot down by this same mysterious group of humans. Now, the rumors have started among the rank and file of a horrific creature known only as "[[HotScientist Doctor]] [[EnsembleDarkhorse Vahlen,]]" who will capture you, place you in a glass pod, and '''[[TortureTechnician stick probes]] [[WeHaveWaysOfMakingYouTalk into your brain]]''' to gain information on you! And [[SerialEscalation THEN,]] this same group of humans, having turned ''[[HoistByHisOwnPetard your own weapons]] [[HumansAdvanceSwiftly against you,]]'' breaches your base and utterly slaughters everyone inside. They never leave any survivors, and they always take the corpses to their horrific underground base to be dissected and used as ''[[BodyHorror weapons.]]'' So you start bringing out the bigger guns: Sectoid Commanders, Muton Berserkers, Muton Elites, Sectopods, Cyberdisks, more powerful spacecraft, the works. ''[[TheWorfBarrage They're all slaughtered.]]'' And those psionics tht gave you a massive edge early in the invasion? '''[[OhCrap The humans have them too,]]''' and they'll use them, [[EvilLaugh chortling horrifically]] [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters while they do it.]] ]] You think you have it bad? Try being a platoon of Thin Men or Sectoids on a Council mssion going up against a squad of Colonels and Majors.
25th Nov '13 5:24:59 PM kievanrus
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* Let's think about this from the [[MookHorrorShow alien mooks' perspective,]] shall we? So your leaders tell you to [[spoiler: forcibly uplift a primitive race known as humans.]] Pah, easy you say. These primitive apes are still using ballistics weaponry and they haven't even figured out practical spaceflight yet. So you send out the Sectoids to start abducting. And then, out of nowhere, a squad of ''four'' of these humans shows up and slaughters your advance guard [[spoiler: (assuming you didn't play the [[PyrrhicVictory tutorial]])]]. Okay, you think. We'll send in the Thin Men, Floaters, Mutons, and Chryssalids. ''They'' get slaughtered. Then, your spacecraft start getting shot down by this same mysterious group of humans. Now, the rumors have started among the rank and file of a horrific creature known only as "[[HotScientist Doctor]] [[EnsembleDarkhorse Vahlen,]]" who will capture you, place you in a glass pod, and '''[[TortureTechnician stick probes]] [[WeHaveWaysOfMakingYouTalk into your brain]]''' to gain information on you! And [[SerialEscalation THEN,]] this same group of humans, having turned ''[[HoistByHisOwnPetard your own weapons]] [[HumansAdvanceSwiftly against you,]]'' breaches your base and utterly slaughters everyone inside. They never leave any survivors, and they always take the corpses to their horrific underground base to be dissected and used as ''[[BodyHorror weapons.]]'' So you start bringing out the bigger guns: Sectoid Commanders, Muton Berserkers, Muton Elites, Sectopods, Cyberdisks, more powerful spacecraft, the works. ''[[TheWorfBarrage They're all slaughtered.]]'' And those psionics tht gave you a massive edge early in the invasion? '''[[OhCrap The humans have them too,]]''' and they'll use them, [[EvilLaugh chortling horrifically]] [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters while they do it.]]
25th Nov '13 12:33:26 PM kievanrus
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* Floaters and Heavy Floaters from the remake. Several times more horrific than the original game's counterparts, and very, very dangerous in the early game.
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