XCOM: Enemy Unknown will place you in control of a secret paramilitary organisation called XCOM. As the XCOM commander, you will defend against a terrifying global alien invasion by managing resources, advancing technologies, and overseeing combat strategies and individual unit tactics.
The original X-COM is widely regarded as one of the best games ever made and has now been re-imagined by the strategy experts at Firaxis Games. XCOM: Enemy Unknown will expand on that legacy with an entirely new invasion story, enemies and technologies to fight aliens and defend Earth. You will control the fate of the human race through researching alien technologies, creating and managing a fully operational base, planning combat missions and controlling soldier movement in battle.
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XCOM Enemy Unknown is a great game, that exceeded the things I enjoyed so much in the original. Modern graphics add to the atmosphere and the strategic combat feels pitched correctly to keep it enjoyable. I've already spent many hours playing this and would recommend it to others who enjoy this type of game.
XCOM Enemy Unknown is one epic game! If you like tactical games, aliens or the feeling of watching a movie totally controlled by you, get this game! It has some minor flaws like sometimes your mouse is on the wrong map level (height) and your character goes somewhere you don't want, but this is easily avoided by just taking a second longer to look at what you are doing. All and all a real must have.
XCOM is an incredible strategy title that, in classic Firaxis fashion, will leave you begging for one last turn as the dawn breaks. It intermixes the macro-management of a city building sim, with the same squad micromanagement you would get from playing classic games like Fallout 1 or 2, Valkyria Chronicles or Jagged Alliance. There are a few niggling issues mostly with glitches and certain bugs that has obscures the camera or leaves player models running in an awkward fashion, but nothing ultimately gamebreaking. I strongly endorse this game as a general fan of strategy games, and there's plenty of strategy to be had while playing. The exhilaration of careful planning and the pay-off of eliminating your enemies with precision and zero casualties is one of the more satisfying feelings you'll get. If you like these kinds of games then you have no excuse. Buy it now.
XCOM Enemy Unknown is a great game, a unique mix of RTS and 3rd person shooter all mixed into a great action game!
The tactical RPG with the highest production values ever. The XCOM Enemy Unknown is highly recommended.
The review title sums it up. It's not bad. I enjoy playing it, but it doesn't recapture the magic of the original version for me. Good points: - Graphics are good, except for the occasional bug where your weapon fires somewhere other than where you are pointing it. My four-year old laptop struggles a bit. - It's fairly easy to get into. - It's reasonably good fun and can be challenging. Bad points: - Horrendously long install time. - Steam - I don't want to play online multiplayer games so why do I have to install this bloatware which keeps trying to sell me other games? It has no utility to me, and has actually caused the 'offline' game to refuse to load several times until I'm back at an internet connection. Oh, and it keeps running and prevents my system shutdown without further prompts and forced closure. Hate it! - Mission maps come from a limited selection, so they're pretty similar. A bit of random terrain generation / buildings would have improved this. Just feels a bit lazy.
Heard a lot of good things about this game and was worried that it wouldn't live up to the hype. But I had no need to worry as it is an excellent game. I never played the originals although I had seen them. This is in a similar vain but streamlined for a modern audience. It's a turn based strategy game that engenders more tension than most modern games of any other genre. You do not want your soldiers to die!
A really good game of tactics and research technology.
XCOM Enemy Unknown is a must have for all those who loves turn-based strategy games.
I've been playing tXCOM Enemy Unknown for some hours and it's brilliant. It's worth every penny.
Lets get one thing straight from the get-go, XCom is on of the games I was looking forwards to most this year.. I was a HUGE fan of the original and was virtually salivating at the potential that the New Xcom could offer. Did it live up to my (admittedly very high) expectations? well.... No, but its not all bad so lets break it down a little. The Good. I have to say that the graphics in this game are first class, as is the movement and the streamlining of the movement (being able to jump through windows and over obstacles is an often overlooked movement option in games). The tactical missions play well, with a decent variety (but not huge amount) of well detailed and designed maps, featuring destructible terrain. The updated aliens are also modeled very well, with unique "intro" movies when they are first spotted on the map. The introduction od a skill tree is also welcome, but a little limited in application. The sound effects and voice acting are also top notch. I have to mention the "Ant Farm"... the fact that you dig out your base and build position your labs is just cool (though how a satellite up link works not only underground, but beneath 2 power plants is a little baffling) The Bad. The new version has somehow lost some, but not all, of the sense of atmosphere and tension evident in the original, also the research options are limited, and not as well executed as in other similar titles such as the UFO series. The manufacturing of some things takes a blink of an eye, which just doesn't make sense. (whats that? you would like 5 brand new Heavy Plasma rifles that the research is so new that the ink is still wet on the blueprints.???? Buzz...click...whirr... well there you go sir, enjoy) The intro movies for the aliens, while good get a little tedious after you have seen them the umpteenth time... and no option to disable them... also the aliens always seem to appear in set numbers. The Ugly. 1 skyranger... you can have 99 soldiers, but are only ever allowed 1 transport craft... so can only ever respond to 1 of the 3 events that randomly trigger... I realise this is a conscious decision to make you choose who you help... but come on... its just poor. Movement (yes I know this was in the good too)...occasionally maps are a little difficult to navigate, due to the PC switching between levels automatically depending on the placement of your characters. Also movement is divided up into 2 sections... you can move anything between 1 and 6(ish) squares, then fire or go into overwatch or move again etc.... however you cannot move 1 square, then use the rest of your 1st move, it has to be done in 1 block and 1 block only if you want to do anything else. Ufo's... where are the UFO's? the original game had lots... if you couldn't shoot them down, then you could wait for them to land then try to get them in a ground assault... they are very rare in this game... so much so that in the first run through of my game i think I only encountered 10-12 of them... kinda makes the Geoscape and interceptors redundant. Finally but most importantly, the game feels scripted. The programmers seem to have decided to stop people saving and reloading to try and change the outcome of a battle... your sniper missed an important 95% shot? well reload, try it again and he will ALWAYS miss... OK i understand they want your decisions to matter, but forcing this onto everyone is just wrong (there is a perfectly good option for people that want to play this way called Ironman mode) So the final verdict is this... I do like this game, parts of it are brilliant, but some of the decisions on what they decided to keep and cut out are just mind boggling. If you don't have a huge fondness for the original, then you may get more from the game than me... other than that it might be worth waiting a while to see if they patch the game to smooth out some of the rougher edges.
XCom Enemy Unknown brings back a long distant turn based strategy. I welcome sigh of relief from MMOs and Fps s. The game immediately engages you as a commander of the 'Only Hope' the world has to combat the alien threat. The game is a bit shallow compared to the original I have to be honest. There are no Base attacks / defends and the only way to capture aliens is to zap them with a zapper gun. The cinematics are excellent and the aliens have just enough annoyance factor to make you just want to exterminate them. Raising your Rookie through the ranks to Colonel only to lose them against a particularly heavily armored alien is frustrating and heart wrenching, not to mention makes some of your troops panic. You have lots of options to colour your troops from Fiery Red to Girlie Pink. I have personally played for more than 30 Hours according to steam and have most of the achievements nailed down. I would say, for a beginner interested in a good strategy then this is a great game and well worth the purchase. If you are an XCom Veteran then the game is a tad shallow from the old school game of the same name. I award it 4 instead of 5 Stars for immense install time, updating and having to have Steam installed. Maybe for the fact its a smidgen shallow too.