Reviews by PicusB

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Great Reboot of an amazing classic

PicusB | Aug. 31, 2013 | Review of XCOM: Enemy Unknown (NA)

If you were a strategy game fan in the mid-90s it's likely you heard of X - Com Enemy Unknown. It was a brutal, challenging game, with real consequences where your actions could lead to the demise of your soldiers or your carelessness could be the end of civilians.

This remake is true to the original in many ways, but brings modern touches. Other than the obvious visual differences, it brings smoother (perhaps more intuitive movement) into the game play, better sound effects and a nice storyline although the overall objective remains the same: save earth from the mysterious aliens threatening our way of life.

The game has two parts, the strategic base-building and UFO intercepting main map and the tactical battles that will reward your infantry with experience upgrades and alien loot (including the aliens themselves once you have the technology and facilities for it). Both parts of the game are well balanced and enjoyable, and they can both get hectic in the late game as you struggle to save the planet. Your research and base building in the main map mode which advances in real time when not paused, servers primarily to allow you take down larger alien craft, expand your coverage of the planet and most importantly upgrade your soldiers so they can get the job done with minimal casualties.

This game is a must if you are a fan of the original, a fan of sci-fi games, or just a fan of great strategy games.