Improve your sluggish X-Com2 play experience!

Ok so after a few days of hitting up X-Com 2, you’re probably like me who’s wondering if those spare seconds of action sequence are really part of the game, symptoms of a sluggish or old pc, or just a bad release version.

Turns out, some of the modders on steam have figured out that a lot of that extra time between shots and actions were actually coded into the game as part of the experience. Some would disagree of course and would say that Firaxes and 2k owe us a patch that improves game performance.

For those who can’t wait for a fix, here’s a mod for you!

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Hit the picture for a link to the steam store to get “Stop wasting my time mod for X-Com 2”

It’s a must have for those that don’t have newer computers but want to have a more responsive play experience. It works marvels by cutting some of the pauses out of the combat experience in the game and does a great improvement for responsiveness.

Of course, if your’re a n00b like me, this means you’ll be running into Advent and not taking full advantage of Concealment mode just to draw that sword and slash at some snakeman that’s grabbed your mate.

Sadly it doesn’t do much either for the mission loading time, as that’s the game loading up its assets for you (but there’s a mod for that!).

Got any other mod suggestions to improve your play experience? Hit us up in the comments!

Update: 2/17/2016

Just found another hotfix for the game, this one’s credit goes to my favorite credible gaming site “RockPaperShotgun”.(see their full article here). 

This one requires you to go to your Nvidia control panel and turning down the Maximum pre-rendered frames to the setting of “1”.

Its labelled as "Flip Queue Size" on AMD
Its labelled as “Flip Queue Size” on AMD

With these tweaks now in place i think i’m reaching the 40’s fps finally lol.

X-Com 2 has launched!

So Feb. 5’s finally here. And X-Com 2, the game is now unlocked on steam and i got the digital deluxe version because they still bundled the pre-order bonus into it.

Downloading... Wait till Feb 5 Pacific Time before you play the game! (So says my overpriced, yet super slow ISP).

Downloading… Wait till Feb 5 Pacific Time before you play the game! (So says my overpriced, yet super slow ISP).

Patience is a virtue. But not mine work tracking software.

So to whittle the time away, here’s some neat youtube videos of the gameplay from youtube user ChristopherOdd:

Things you need to know about Xcom 2

Xcom 2 is about to hit the shelves this February 5, and as the sequel to the 2012 remake of his fabulous franchise. Here’s a few things you need to know before it hits the shelves;

Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7, 64-bit.
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E4700 2.6 GHz or AMD Phenom 9950 Quad Core 2.6 GHz.
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM.
  • Graphics: 1GB ATI Radeon HD 5770, 1GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 or better.
  • DirectX: Version 11.
  • Storage: 45 GB available space.
  • Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card.

Does’t sound too beefy. Of course having the recommended specs would render the action sequences mid-combat as awesome since there’s melee now in the game.

 

The Story so Far

We lost. Plain and simple. The pure humans who haven’t fallen sway to our new alien overlords have been reduced to a group of rebels fighting a losing war of occupation of earth. The rest of the human race is undergoing a full assimilation into alien culture with a little help of their mind control ethereals. Xcom 2 promises a fast pace sequel to Xcom with this installment to the francise.

What to look forward to

  • The overwatch camera angle is awesome. It brings in a new depth to sitting in wait to frag some alien butt.
  • Firaxis made sure to go overboard on details (graphical and gameplay wise).
  • Soldier customization is now more detailed than ever.
  • Fire can now spread and blow up parts of the environments like cars, tankers and fuel depos.
  • Item drops are now part of combat. If you want something really good, you might need to loot bodies that would otherwise leave your soldiers exposed.
  • Navigating a battle map is now more dangerous. Expect to run into hidden enemies when placing those snipers or support soldiers.
  • Did i say there’s more detailed melee combat now? Well it deserved a second mention!

Media

Here’s some tasty videos from the publisher 2k and developer Firaxis;

If you can’t wait like me, you can grab a pre-order on steam and count the seconds as we near February 5 2016. Hopefully we don’t get invaded by real aliens till we get some practice.

X-Com: Enemy Unknown n00b moves

Oh how one had to wait 20 years for a proper remake...
Oh how one had to wait 20 years for a proper remake…

Stemming from my addiction of tactical gaming titles, I’ve been following this franchise ever since MicroProse’s release back in 1994. The sequel of that version X-com: Terror from the Deep was more commonly known in my pc gamer group as Error from the Deep, as there was no internet back then to patch boxed game titles.

 

Moving on, comes 2013’s latest version and most faithful to the original (albeit missing the Avenger) X-Com: Enemy Unknown. When you get to do almost exactly what you got to do as the original, but without the terror of forgetting light flares during a night interception mission. That being said though, there are a lot of critical strategies I’ve forgotten since the original and its always nice to remember them as I get my rear end handed back to me.

So for those of you still yet to start on the game here are a few pointers to make sure your n00bness shines through;

What to choose, what to choose...

What to choose, what to choose…

1. Don’t research up as fast as you can to gear up and increase survivability.

2. Always charge in with your strongest guy/gal!

Maybe if i scream really loud they'll run away...
Maybe if i scream really loud they’ll run away…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Never be afraid to run in alone!

Feeling lucky? Punk!
Feeling lucky? Punk!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Take that screenshot to prove you stared death in the face!

I'm not sleeping on the job... just resting my eyes for 5 minutes.
I’m not sleeping on the job… just resting my eyes for 5 minutes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Never save when you enter the tactical screen! Saving is for sissies!

Outnumbered and Outgunned... epic!
Outnumbered and Outgunned… epic!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Its not about surviving, but how to die in the most epic way possible!

 

But if you choose to play this game seriously, then you’ll find out it’s complicated, and not that much fun… till you whip out the mecha!

Chop off his limbs and give him eternal life!
Chop off his limbs and give him eternal life!
No sharks?!? Ok how about a floating weapons platform with LASERS!
No sharks?!? Ok how about a floating weapons platform with LASERS!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But all in all, if you loved the original, or are new to the series, then you MUST try this game. Its absolutely engaging, frustratingly hard (depending on which difficulty level), and good for hours and hours of rage-quitting.