Reviews by Hypnotic
Very enjoyable gameHypnotic | Oct. 23, 2012 | Review of XCOM: Enemy Unknown dns
This is my first XCOM game, so I don't know how well it measures up to the classics, however I do know that is an absolute blast to play.
It's very easy to pick up and get going if you go through the tutorial levels. While some of the finer points take a bit more play time to get to know. The turn-based combat is intense, very rewarding, and very high risk. A stupid mistake may just cause you the life of a soldier you've customized and grown attached to. That said, customization is a very fun addition to the game, you can name and change the appearance of any soldier with a good amount of options and variations. Soldiers also gain experience and rank up with a choice of different abilities.
However, the game loses points for leaving out full armor customization as a pre-order bonus. If you buy the game now, you will not be able to change the colour of any armor or the general design of some of the early stage armors. You will also miss out on being able to give your soldiers helmets. Fortunately, it's all cosmetic and can be easily forgiven. The game also offers quite a bit of choice on how you would like to play your game, with 4 different difficulties with some quite radical variations, an optional tutorial (which I highly recommend on your first play through, even if you know what you're doing) and an Ironman setting, which essentially makes all your choices, and their consequences permanent for better or for worse. Of course there are still a graphical kinks I've noticed during combat, the camera can act funny and zoom out onto a different level all by itself during the enemies turn, or when switching soldiers to control, along with soldiers clipping with the environment and other very minor issues which will likely be fixed very soon after I write this.
That said, it's a very enjoyable turn-based strategic combat game with some elements of base management. Well worth it's full price and a steal at any discount.