I remember when this game was announced and it was like kind of interesting to me because it was a new turn based strategy game with a unique looking art style and the team behind it was responsible for such games as oh, I don't know... Fire Emblem and Advanced Wars! But soon after it was out I feel like nobody was talking about it anymore, and it was always $5 in the clearance section of Target. I shrugged it off, assuming it was NOT the next new Fire Emblem series or whatever. And besides, we were getting new Fire Emblem games regularly anyway. Shrug.
At some point I picked up a copy. I'm forgetting when that was. But like I said, it was always cheap. And it's sat on my shelf for a while now. I finally popped it in last night, and y'know what? I'm impressed.
The over-the-shoulder view takes a little getting used to. And at first I was annoyed that I had to use the touchscreen to control the camera. I was thinking, why can't I just use the little second analog nub? Turns out I can - which has made a huge difference in my enjoyment.
The battles play out sort of XCOM style. You've got these aliens running around the map. Actions take points (steam) and saving steam before ending a turn will put you into overwatch mode. And of course there's cover to take and all that.
The art style is very reminiscent of old comic books, which I like. And while there are aliens to kill, this won't quite replace XCOM for me. And now that XCOM 2 has been announced for Switch, I guess none of that matters. I'm no longer on a quest to find an XCOM replacement, and instead I can enjoy these stray strategy games on their own merit. Which is a good thing.