Unskippable: XCOM: Enemy Unknown

XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Paul and Graham give you a great view of the alien invasion.

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Wow even when they land in the middle of a city, those weather ballons still manage to reflect the light off of Venus.

First and last line means there is only one line?
I previously assumed that X-Com are the first in and last one who will be annihilated
Man, that explains so much now
For example- why no army is providing drone strikes or maybe sending tanks to do some heavy shelling on the area
Now we know that anyone else just gave up and prepared supply of lube for all that inevitable anal probing :/

I noticed that the for the last two episodes(this and Far Cry 3, mainly Far Cry 3 where the whole episode seemed forced) you have been riffing to actually good cutsenes with one or two inconsistencies in them.
Thankfully Aliens Colonial Marines is out and its intro is funny even without riffing so it will give a lot of good material for the eventual Unskipable.

Is anyone else wondering why the deployment craft stays on the ground while the soldiers are clearing the area? It strikes me as a tactical flaw...

I like riffing a good cut-scene as much as a poor one really. I mean, pointing out why something is bad must get a little stale for them and a change up is a good freshener so when you go back to the bad stuff then suddenly it's much more noticeable and funnier again. Just a theory. That and... well there's no sacred cut-scene that doesn't get commentary in my house - maybe the best of the best have to wait until a second or third viewing to be teased by one liners and light mockery but eventually everything gets the treatment over here.

Down to 71 viewers.
Just lost Greece.

Great video as always.

Awh you didn't show the rest of it well the ingame scene-

Maybe the unknown enemy is parking enforcement.

Certainly puts the show "Parking Wars" into a new light.

I don't know what it is, but all 'futuristic' guns seem to look like toys. When the plane crapped out the action squad, I was expecting them to hose down the area with Nerf darts.

ooooh schnitzel!

The Council spent all of their budget on getting a Peter Cullen-sound alike, you can't expect them to be able to afford multiple lines of defense.

I felt like I should have been taking a shot for every military and/or alien and/or film cliche that was in that clip. However...I need to get to work soon, and being completely smashed while driving a sideways moving forklift like device would probably NOT be a good thing.

blackrave:
First and last line means there is only one line?
I previously assumed that X-Com are the first in and last one who will be annihilated
Man, that explains so much now
For example- why no army is providing drone strikes or maybe sending tanks to do some heavy shelling on the area
Now we know that anyone else just gave up and prepared supply of lube for all that inevitable anal probing :/

First line: Interceptors.
Last line: Response team.

That's why XCOM is both the first and last line of defense.

As for the other things you said, there are still the countries' military forces who are capable of doing that, so there's no need for XCOM to do that as well.

I knew you guys just had to make a Men In Black joke or two in this video, and I applaud you for it. And Optimus Prime? Bonus!

Oh come on, guys. The deployment is not only to Germany, but to friggin Munich. Not Schnitzel: Oktoberfest, Beer, ANYTHING! (In fact, Schnitzel are far less popular in Bavaria.)

Funnily enough, a plane crapping allied soldiers is actually quite a positive thing in the middle of a war zone.

You've got to respect a military organization that get's it's mission briefings from Optimus Prime.

You really should do the rest of the tutorial mission/demo. It's so linear it might as well be a cutscene. And it's a hilarious one.

SPOILERS EVERYONE DIES

HILARIOUSLY

The Random One:
You really should do the rest of the tutorial mission/demo. It's so linear it might as well be a cutscene. And it's a hilarious one.

SPOILERS EVERYONE DIES

HILARIOUSLY

Say what you will about the new X-COM, but you just have to respect a game that has the balls to kill (permanently, I might add) all but one member of your squad, as part of the TUTORIAL.

When you try to make fun of something as good as X-COM, unless you really know what you're talking about, you just make it obvious how much better the makers of X-COM are at what they do than you are at what you do.

Of course, if Graham & Paul did like it, they could mention that. They don't have to be all snark & nitpicks all the time.

The Gentleman:
Is anyone else wondering why the deployment craft stays on the ground while the soldiers are clearing the area? It strikes me as a tactical flaw...

If you've played XCOM, you know the pilot is just being very considerate for the squad on the ground, you never know when they want to scarper.

which, in XCOM, is a likelyhood.

Odoylerules360:
When you try to make fun of something as good as X-COM, unless you really know what you're talking about, you just make it obvious how much better the makers of X-COM are at what they do than you are at what you do.

Of course, if Graham & Paul did like it, they could mention that. They don't have to be all snark & nitpicks all the time.

Really? COnsidering that everyone I've talked to amongst my friends that got the game it was:
Day One: "Oh it's so awesome! It's great!"
Day Two: "Okay, this is good."
Day Five: "Wha? Xcom, oh, got tired of it."

Btw, cut the pretentious fanboyism, this isn't a masterpiece we're talking about here. It's a game.

Yeah, she's jammin'!

Argh. Now I can't unsee it!

Odoylerules360:
When you try to make fun of something as good as X-COM, unless you really know what you're talking about, you just make it obvious how much better the makers of X-COM are at what they do than you are at what you do.

I liked XCOM too, but this post is just childish.

Combustion Kevin:

The Gentleman:
Is anyone else wondering why the deployment craft stays on the ground while the soldiers are clearing the area? It strikes me as a tactical flaw...

If you've played XCOM, you know the pilot is just being very considerate for the squad on the ground, you never know when they want to scarper.

which, in XCOM, is a likelyhood.

*Pfft* When I send my soldiers to an area, either the aliens all die, or they do. We don't do half measures under my command.

Comcast was tapped, but their alien fighting is as unsatisfactory as their internet.

Odoylerules360:
When you try to make fun of something as good as X-COM, unless you really know what you're talking about, you just make it obvious how much better the makers of X-COM are at what they do than you are at what you do.

Of course, if Graham & Paul did like it, they could mention that. They don't have to be all snark & nitpicks all the time.

I don't know why people watch Unskippable or similar shows and seem to expect the folks who make the shows to inform them that their shit don't stink.

While I suppose a show about riffing on cutscenes could stop riffing on cutscenes and praise a game simply because you're a fan, it seems to defeat the purpose.

canadamus_prime:
You've got to respect a military organization that get's it's mission briefings from Optimus Prime.

Turns out, Voltron was needed once more.

Or, I could go more obscure and run with this one, instead:

Zachary Amaranth:

I don't know why people watch Unskippable or similar shows and seem to expect the folks who make the shows to inform them that their shit don't stink.

While I suppose a show about riffing on cutscenes could stop riffing on cutscenes and praise a game simply because you're a fan, it seems to defeat the purpose.

Exactly the question I was hoping someone would pose! Kind of.

As for why this episode bugs me:
I don't know if you've heard the sayings "90% of everything is crap", and "90% of the time cynicism and experience are the same thing", but they mean that someone can be all snark, and be right 90% of the time. During this part, I'm thinking "hey, I like these guys, they know a thing or two about stuff". But when they get to something actually good (in my opinion) and treat it exactly the same, I'm forced to recognize that they're just snarky about everything; they don't necessarily know a thing about stuff; they're just saying "everything sucks", and my previous opinion was foolish. My own fault, I know.

The last time this happened to me was with The Editing Room.

The other purpose of the comment was for Graham & Paul. I wanted to tell them what keeps me from watching their show, and what would make me watch it more often. I tried to structure it in a way I know I would respond to: a barb at the front that gets my attention and makes me care, and a softer bit at the end that makes me think about it instead of just being angry. Much like the part of your comment I quoted.

As for the stop-and-praise:
It'd be nice if, when Graham & Paul found something they liked, they did something to point out that "This bit here was good, more people should do things like this." Besides, liking the same things as someone else is usually more meaningful than disliking the same things.

For me being a fan:
I haven't played any other games in the series, and calling XCOM 'good' is way too vague, sorry about that. Why I praise it, is because part way through, it made me sympathize with Dick Cheney.

A game that does that, does something amazing.

Also, whatever anyone says, my shit smells terrible.

Odoylerules360:

I don't know if you've heard the sayings "90% of everything is crap", and "90% of the time cynicism and experience are the same thing", but they mean that someone can be all snark, and be right 90% of the time.

Actually, they can snark 100% of the time and be right (not saying they are, merely that they can be), because snark is not reserved for simply "crap."

Even good games can have bad cinematics and complete logic fails and "I like it" (which, let's face it, is what you mean by "good") does not serve to change the fact that there was plenty to snark in this cutscene. There really is no reason for them to not treat it the same.

This is the whole "Zero Punctuation" thing all over again. People love that Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw "tells it like it is" until he does so about a game they like, then he's a monster, a bully, and "TEH BIAS TEH BIAS TEH BIAS!"

Further, if you intended your complaints to be constructive, you failed. Implying they're not good at what they do when you seem to not grasp what they actually do comes off as a petulant, childish attack because they happened to pick something you like.

Perhaps you could have tried being more constructive yourself. Wouldn't it be nice if you could at least live up to the standards that you want Unskippable to attain?

Whenever I look at those pod things the aliens drop down I just see an adorable smiley face, seriously look at it!

I really couldn't stop seeing that female soldier as "jamming" on her iPod loll

 

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