Reviews by Dongstrong

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It took 18 years, but it was worth it

Dongstrong | Nov. 24, 2012 | Review of XCOM: Enemy Unknown dns

The original title was released in 1994. It's widely regarded as one of the best PC games of all time which encouraged developers to create similar games. However, all of the sequels/remakes failed miserably. Except for this one. To be perfectly honest, I haven't played the original X-com. I'm not very interested in the strategy genre overall, but this is one of the best games I've played in my entire lifetime. It features awesome graphics which are not overly realistic but it has a graphics style unlike any other. The management and customization features are endless, and the battle will have you nervously taking small baby steps to avoid being devastated by the aliens. At the end of the game, you will probably be in tears. Why, you might ask? Well, it's more or less impossible to not get incredibly attached to every single one of your squad members. The surprisingly large customization feature provides you with the tools to create an imaginary friend. And when that friend dies, it will be almost as horrible as the death of a real friend. I haven't tried out the multiplayer feature yet but I can certainly say that this is a game that you will play through several times. I think my 70 hours of game time (so far) can speak for that. And, one of my favorite aspects; it's really, really hard. I haven't played a game that was this hard in a really long while and I've missed the challenge. All in all, this is a game that everyone can enjoy. It combines enthralling, nerve wracking gameplay, an immersive storyline, a difficult challenge which will induce numerous nervous breakdowns, and endless customization to create - dare I say it - the best game of 2012.