Summary: It is greatly different from the first XCOM game. This one is more of a third person shooter than a strategy. Good visuals and game play. While it is not open world or sandbox, it certainly has more of a free roam effect to it, and you can take and accept missions as you please.
Buy it cheap, play it once. Or rent it if you can. Try to ignore the XCOM-tie-in attempt.
6 May 2014
Summary: I'd be irritated if I paid >$20. But I got it on sale <$10, and at the price I find this an okay game with a nice visual look and setting that needs to be used more in games (possibly even exploring themes and issues from the 60s era, although this game does work them in somewhat, like Red Scare,...
Summary: I enjoyed this game, but I am a big fan of the Xcom universe. It suffers from a bad case of bland gameplay with large rashes of chest high walls. The features they threw to increase the depth (commanding AI companions and using a skill tree) are fun but under utilized.
Summary: If you are an Xcom fan as I am, this could be a let down as it is very different from the other Xcom games (which are among my favorites). If you are not a fan of Xcom, I would skip this title. There are much better cover shooters.