History VideoGame / XCOMEnemyUnknown

3rd Apr '18 5:10:16 AM KoblerMan
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* HypocriticalHumor: A captured EXALT soldier deprived of his [[CyanidePill Cyanide Syringe]] states that "XCOM is nothing but puppets..." He is, however, part of an organization that [[TheQuisling is]] ''[[TheQuisling trying]]'' [[TheQuisling to help the aliens conquer Earth]] because of the potential benefits of siding with them. Ironically, however, he's ''right'' about XCOM, [[spoiler:since XCOM is unwittingly part of the Ethereals' uplifting agenda.]]

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* HypocriticalHumor: There's a couple examples.
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A captured EXALT soldier deprived of his [[CyanidePill Cyanide Syringe]] states that "XCOM is nothing but puppets..." He is, however, part of an organization that [[TheQuisling is]] ''[[TheQuisling trying]]'' [[TheQuisling to help the aliens conquer Earth]] because of the potential benefits of siding with them. Ironically, however, he's ''right'' about XCOM, [[spoiler:since XCOM is unwittingly part of the Ethereals' uplifting agenda.]]]]
** A particular line by Dr. Shen upon seeing the "Alien Entertainment" module for the first time during the base assault is strikingly hypocritical, but in a hilarious way. Also doubles as a TakeThat to the player.
---> Shen: ''Is'' this ''what the aliens do for fun? At least they're not playing... computer games.''
31st Mar '18 7:31:44 AM PaladinPhoenix
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** The Sectopod is described as being 10 meters, or FOUR FUCKING STORIES TALL. While certainly the largest unit in the game, its model is no more than twice the height of your human units.

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** The Sectopod is described as being 10 meters, or FOUR FUCKING STORIES TALL. While certainly the largest unit in the game, its model is no more than twice the height of your human units. [[spoiler: ''VideoGame/XCOM2'' makes it clear that Vahlen meant ''when they're standing up'': the Sectopods in this game don't (or can't) do it.]]
30th Mar '18 3:12:48 PM PaladinPhoenix
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** ''VideoGame/XCOM2'' reveals that [[spoiler: The Uber-Ethereal is full of shit: humanity actually has ''more'' potential than the Ethereals, or any other race that the Ethereals subjugated, and the Ethereals wants to use that to their advantage. They don't care one whit about humanity as anything more than resources.]]
28th Mar '18 1:38:11 PM superkeijikun
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* {{Transhuman}}: In ''Enemy Within'', you can use Meld to enhance your soldiers beyond the limitations of the human body. This can be accomplished either by granting them genetic augmentations that grant them advantages of the invading aliens (second hearts, psychic defenses, improved depth perception), or transforming them into cyborgs.
6th Mar '18 2:36:06 PM Someoneman
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* [[ArmCannon Arm Pistol]]: Plasma Pistols as used by the Sectoids. They get converted to a more conventional layout if you manage to capture one intact and have already researched enough plasma technology to know how to modify it safely.

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* [[ArmCannon Arm Pistol]]: ArmCannon]: Plasma Pistols as used by the Sectoids. They get converted to a more conventional layout if you manage to capture one intact and have already researched enough plasma technology to know how to modify it safely.



* [[LethalJokeCharacter Lethal Joke Continent]]: South America's "[[WeHaveWaysOfMakingYouTalk We Have Ways]]" bonus is kind of laughable in regular gameplay, because once you get plenty of scientists you'll be completing autopsies and interrogations in a single day. But turn on the "Marathon" option in ''Second Wave'', and suddenly South America's bonus becomes ''critical'', because all research times are increased several times over, and you can't afford to waste most of a month on autopsies and interrogations. Not to mention that the research credits from interrogations greatly reduce the lengthy research times on advanced technology, which is the difference between spending an entire month unlocking a new technology and only a dozen days working on it. Doubly so when starting in South America (even though the continent otherwise requires only two satellites), making a hell of a difference in the early game.

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* [[LethalJokeCharacter Lethal Joke Continent]]: LethalJokeCharacter: South America's "[[WeHaveWaysOfMakingYouTalk We Have Ways]]" bonus is kind of laughable in regular gameplay, because once you get plenty of scientists you'll be completing autopsies and interrogations in a single day. But turn on the "Marathon" option in ''Second Wave'', and suddenly South America's bonus becomes ''critical'', because all research times are increased several times over, and you can't afford to waste most of a month on autopsies and interrogations. Not to mention that the research credits from interrogations greatly reduce the lengthy research times on advanced technology, which is the difference between spending an entire month unlocking a new technology and only a dozen days working on it. Doubly so when starting in South America (even though the continent otherwise requires only two satellites), making a hell of a difference in the early game.


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* ViralUnlockable: The achievement "Bubonic" is unlocked by playing an online game with someone else who already had the achievement unlocked.
25th Feb '18 9:54:45 PM nombretomado
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** The Thin Men's facial features are based on SidMeier himself.

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** The Thin Men's facial features are based on SidMeier Creator/SidMeier himself.



** SidMeier "Godfather": A Psionic Support Colonel with 200 Will and ''all'' Psionic powers available to human units, [[spoiler: even the "Rift"]].

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** SidMeier Creator/SidMeier "Godfather": A Psionic Support Colonel with 200 Will and ''all'' Psionic powers available to human units, [[spoiler: even the "Rift"]].



** You can gain them yourself, with 5 different powers available to your "gifted" soldiers: "Mindfray", a damaging attack that also debuffs the target, "Psi-Panic", a panic-inducing attack, "Psi-Inspiration", an ability that bolsters your allies' Will, "Telekinetic Field", a telekinetic defensive field, and good old "Mind Control". [[spoiler: The Volunteer gains two, the "Rift", which deals massive [=AOE=] damage, and a link to the Ethereal HiveMind.]] SidMeier has all of them.

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** You can gain them yourself, with 5 different powers available to your "gifted" soldiers: "Mindfray", a damaging attack that also debuffs the target, "Psi-Panic", a panic-inducing attack, "Psi-Inspiration", an ability that bolsters your allies' Will, "Telekinetic Field", a telekinetic defensive field, and good old "Mind Control". [[spoiler: The Volunteer gains two, the "Rift", which deals massive [=AOE=] damage, and a link to the Ethereal HiveMind.]] SidMeier Creator/SidMeier has all of them.
29th Jan '18 8:49:59 PM HighCrate
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* DeaderThanDisco: Humorously, can be said InUniverse when soldiers report kills.
13th Jan '18 11:07:04 PM NeoSilverThorn
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** Snipers use an odd "Wrap-around" posture when aiming their rifles.

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** Snipers use an odd "Wrap-around" posture when aiming their rifles. It's also halfway in RealityIsUnrealistic, as the posture does exist in real life; it's just that it's used when prone and using a bipod for extra stability.
29th Dec '17 2:11:06 PM KoblerMan
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* DespairEventHorizon: Occurs to the populations of countries as the panic level maxes out. News reports state how many people give up hope for victory, and turn to religion, anarchy, or hunkering down in their homes. If the country then withdraws from the Council, they won't return from the brink.

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* DespairEventHorizon: Occurs to the populations of countries as the panic level maxes out. News reports state how many people give up hope for victory, and turn to religion, anarchy, or hunkering down in their homes. If the country then withdraws from the Council, they won't return from the brink. Additionally, the giant, [[RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver red and black]] vortex of doom appearing over the affected country [[LiteralMetaphor actually resembles an event horizon]].
29th Dec '17 1:52:35 PM KoblerMan
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* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Standard missions in XCOM have randomly generated names made up of two words, such as "[[OperationBlank Operation:]] Fallen Tears". While most of the time these make no sense, some of them [[SelfDemonstratingArticle such as the previous one]] actually do. Although it's fairly uncommon to see, valid combinations could yield a name like "Operation: Vengeful Vengeance".
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