Sometimes, when a game have some terrible parts in it, i will try to play hard difficult and try to overcome the challenges. But the problematic part are just too much to a point it frustrated me, then probably it is time for me to tone down to easier difficulty.
1. X-COM Declassified : The Bureau
This game is basically tactical shooter with element of team management and strategy on battlefield. I tried to play with hard difficult (1 above hard) but then I realized that the AI of your companions / squad is goddamn stupid that lead to their death most of the times. It could be even called as "revive teammate simulator" at that point. So I went to lowest difficulty and rambo myself through to story mode.
The story itself is basically about how alien invade our planet, and because since this is from early 50s or 60s, so the aesthetic of the game look pretty neat. As for the world itself, it just a map of america where you can do missions from main storyline, optional and a specific type of mission where you can send your other squad members to raise their level.
Aside from the AI issue mentioned, there are 4 classes in it and various of weapons type and gears you can use, however it still feel shallow compare to many other tactical game. You pretty much have send commands to your teammates to use particular skills that useful in combat. The encounter usually are easy, but there are several encounter where enemy come in waves and you will run out of ammunition and life. Thankfully as commander, you have full heal on your teammates, but with long cooldown.
Overall, I cant recommend this game as it was too frustrating for me with AI and the pay off from knowing the story is not good enough even if you are hardcore XCOM player. I forgot to mention the god awful control with running, hide behind cover and vault over cover is on same button.
Suggestion : Binary Domain or Spec Ops : The line for more action third person shooter.
2. Alpha Protocol
Ok, this one is a bit tricky. If im mistaken, it was considered as hidden gem by many fans and Jim Sterling and after Im completed it, I understand why.
When I played the game first time, I tried to do hard and stealth just like Splinter Cell games with a bit sparkle of RPG since this game made by obsidian. But again, I gave up after first mission because there were too many issues, mainly the AI too broken and stealth is meh.
So I restarted the games, pick up the easiest difficulty and go for rambo build with assault rifle. I also made a promise to not use restart checkpoint incase I dun like certain dialogue choices outcome.
MAN IT WAS A BLAST
The game probably became too easy, but then it allow me to basically go fast with missions so I can finish the storyline much faster. There are tons of choices when you playing missions such as picking up main skill, weapons, gadgets, your bullet type, as well as choices on dialogue which will have impact in the future missions as you build / lose reputations.
Additional, you have couple of "mini-games" throughout the game where you need to master like decode encryption, picking up lock and disable the key door. Just take note that the game are not very friendly for keyboard and mouse, especially with the minigames and sniping.
Story wise, it is superb from the start as you trying to find person who responsible to shoot a missile to commercial airplane. It remind me of becoming like James Bond (well, the game title have Espionage RPG afterall) with multiple choices either you want to ally or hostile against particular agency.
Overall, I freaking love the story line for the series as I can be whatever type of agent when answering certain question. As for recommendation, play this game only if you can tolerate the gameplay issues because it is quite major (AI, gunplay, keyboard / mouse issue)
Suggestion : Splinter Cell Blacklist or modern Deus Ex for more better polished concept.
*I still have 3 levels to go with Doom, I already 100% all others levels and enjoying it even on hard difficulty. I havent finished because somehow i got 5 days off and i have to wait until monday to finish it. Im not gonna 100% all multiplayer achievement as I prefer to move on other game (and I dislike multiplayer game generally)