Dishonored is a steampunk-inspired first-person assassination RPG, and it looks really great. From the reviews I’ve read, it seems like player choice in how you deal with your objectives is pretty much completely open, and you can play the game however you want, including not killing a single person.
I’ve been on the lookout for a Deus Ex-style game for a long time, so this really strikes a chord with me. The steampunk aesthetic only adds to my interest.
XCOM, on the other hand, is a remake of one of my favorite games of all time. And it’s by the guys who made Civilization. Again, this is a game that I’ve waited a long time for. In XCOM, you control the war on a macro level by dealing with funding, troop training, R&D, manufacturing, and searching a destroying UFOs. You also deal with the alien threat on a micro level: on missions to hunt down aliens that have landed (or crashed), you control troop movements.
I love the original XCOM. I love Deus Ex. Both of these games scratch a different, but equal, itch.
So, what will I end up getting? I have no idea. I have a feeling it will probably come down to the game my wife would prefer to watch me play (and of course, to assist me with her ever helpful “tips”).
PS: Did I mention that Retro City Rampage and the Mechromancer for Borderlands 2 come out today? So many decisions.