Incursion – This is one of those games that had been on my radar for a long time, but the 2-player limitation always prevented me from picking it up. Last year Grindhouse Games had a sale on the box set for $15, a price that could be justified even if I only played the game once in a while. Once the box arrived I was really impressed with the quality of the card board components and the art is amazing (Keith Lowe is the artist that does the art for MERCS). Reading through the rules it seemed pretty simple and quick to play.
Players alternate turns based on a bidding system which also regulates the number of actions they can preform during a turn. Within the main rulebook are multiple scenarios that provide plenty of replayability. Combined with the ability to chose a different force each time you'll be able to get plenty of use out of the basic box. There is an expansion available for players that need more models and missions.
I did receive the German model set and hope to get them assembled soon. While the models are really cool and well detailed they aren't necessary to enjoy the game. They are a bit pricey if you can't find them on sale but, I feel like they will add to the overall experience and I've seen a few examples online of 3-dimensional boards that bring the game to a whole 'nother level.
Essentially this plays very similar to a Weird War II version of Space Hulk, with the option of keeping the cost down by leaving the models out of the core game box.