Reviews by efirmage

95

Fantastic game with few faults

efirmage | Oct. 2, 2013 | Review of XCOM: Enemy Unknown (NA)

XCom review:

I haven’t played any of the previous X-Com games, so I have nothing to say about this game as a follow-up or reboot. What I can say is that this is what I would consider the perfect mix cf strategy and action.

While other games simply jump through the usual tropes that signify a game, this is a game that is actually fun to play. Other reviews can give you a breakdown of the basics of the game, so I’ll point out some things that I liked and what I didn’t.

Pros -Excellent character customization options -Great voice acting -Fun soundtrack and atmospheric sound design -Good level design -Good sense of pacing and progression -Varied degrees of difficulty -Excellent “Hardcore” mode, highly recommend playing once through and then playing on this -Intuitive controls -Solid graphics -Decent variation of gameplay between managing your funds, base, and going on missions

Cons -Aliens don’t discover you, so there is no incentive to play more aggressively -No randomly generated levels. I understand this, but maybe a “holodeck” mode for training could provide this -Imbalanced countries, not all of them really have great bonuses -Limited classes, limited tech trees -No cloud sync! (Steam)

I can’t recommend this game highly enough. It has it’s flaws, but I was totally surprised with the level of depth this game has. I’m looking forward to picking up the expansion.