So, I told you the kid would buy the farm. That seemed obvious in the first installment of the live-action YouTube series for The Bureau: XCOM Declassified. Then we found out it was Agent Cole's wife and boy. Since his life is one big country music song now, what do you think he's going to grab, the .38 or the likker?

I recognize Agent Cole as Dominic Monaghan, the bassist for Drive Shaft, and also a hobbit. I also recognize his lighter. 2K sent a weatherbeaten (and unfilled) Zippo just like it to me a few months back in an ARG-esque swag package with some beat-up redacted documents that described Agent Evan Narcisse's unfortunate death while on duty in Georgia. Poor Evan! Now I wish I hadn't thrown out that file.


So, in a couple of days we find out what happens next, as Agent Cole in fact reached for both the bottle and the gun. Goddammit, 2K! XCOM is about making choices and sticking to them!

The Bureau: XCOM Declassified arrives Aug. 20.