Hey guys, Michael Urban here.

Halloween is quickly approaching, and seeing as I was once again unable to restrain my geekiness this year, I decided to make a costume. What was it this time? Why, an XCOM operative, of course! Even though I haven’t played the game yet, I had a strong feeling I’ll like it when I finally sit down with it, so why not?

Unfortunately, given that I’ve been short on time recently and I was attending a short-notice Halloween event at a theme park yesterday, I only had two hours in the morning to whip up the costume using cardboard, string, and questionable painting skills. Therefore, what you see below you is a rough version of it, and is quite possibly the least scary costume of the year.

I’ll be able to make a lot more adjustments in time for Wednesday, so expect to see some updated photos closer to that date. In the mean time, stare and laugh at the gallery of images below!

Low Rider – The chest plate is sitting a bit low at the moment, making it look more like a belly plate. Hopefully I can make some adjustments to it in time for Wednesday.

Patriotism – What would the armor be without a nationality flag on the back?

Alien Busters – This was an extra thing I added to make the costume stand out a bit more. I noticed that some of the XCOM vehicles have a similar logo on them, so I put this on to let people know I fight aliens instead of, say, wrestling mental patients at an asylum or something.

Knee-d for better design – I decided that the lower half of the costume looked a bit bare, so I put some knee pads on it, seeing as they’re pretty prominent on the XCOM soldiers. Some more leg armor would definitely help, though; perhaps I can make some boots?

Mask Your Intentions – The gas mask is another personal touch. I just wanted the costume to look a bit tougher and more serious.

Vigilo Confido – The official motto of XCOM, displayed on the front of the chest.

Rough Paint Job – I’ll admit, the blue paint job I did for the edges is sloppy.

Serious Firepower – The Nerf gun was one of the things that originally inspired me to make the costume. I originally wanted to make the costume white and orange to match the gun, but I went with blue since it contrasts orange really well. Hopefully I made the right call.

 

Feel free to leave your thoughts and feedback below. XCOM: Enemy Unknown is available now for PC, Xbox 360, and PS3. Check out Daniel’s review of the game here.

Michael Urban
Now an occasional contributer, Michael Urban is the former Editor-in-Chief at OnlySP and has the nickname "Breadcrab" for reasons his therapist still doesn't understand. From the moment he first got hacked in Runescape, he's been uninterested in multiplayer games and has pursued the beauty of the single-player experience, especially in terms of story and creative design. His hobbies include reading, writing, singing in the shower, pretending to be productive, and providing info and feedback regarding the games industry. It is an industry, right? You can ask him a question or send him spam at [email protected] Also, follow him on Twitter or the terrorists win. (@MichaelUrban1)

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  1. The second image looks like you&#039re contemplating something very deep while staring out the sliding glass door. That, or you&#039re just trying to show off your caboose. Either way, I give credit for the DIY effort and creativity. Better than getting some slutty pirate costume from Hot Topic.

  2. The second image looks like you're contemplating something very deep while staring out the sliding glass door. That, or you're just trying to show off your caboose. Either way, I give credit for the DIY effort and creativity. Better than getting some slutty pirate costume from Hot Topic.

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