I think this is one of the most appealing features of XCOM. When you enter into a mission, there is nothing happening. You have to first find the hostile aliens before you can subdue them. The anticipation draws you into the game in a subtle way. A part of gameplay often lost in FPS games.
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Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to BreakingModern.com, aNewDomain.net, and TechRepublic.