Reviews for XCOM: Enemy Within
Enemy Within - the DLC you can't do withoutRixRaw | Jan. 2, 2014 | See all RixRaw's reviews »
Enemy Within is a very significant add-on to X-COM: Enemy Unknown as it features a whole bunch of outstanding new content: a new resource type, council missions, upgrade options, new mission types, enemy units and a whole new different faction to face. The DLC also comes with Operation Progeny, a seperate content pack, that much like the Slingshot Content Pack can be turned on or off on the new game options menu and features a handful of unique, new council missions. With all the additional new mission types, it's easy to forget that you're playing the same campaign, which results in an even increased replay value. While all the new factors to pay attention to may overwhelm players at first, the new content is definitely interesting and worthwhile if not a bit on the easy side compared to the base game.
Excellent expansionthezayel | Dec. 23, 2013 | See all thezayel's reviews »
While Enemy Within never really changes the core mechanics of the game, it brings enough new things to the table to stay fresh and reinvigorate anyone who might have grown tired of the usual tactics over the base game. The appearence of Meld and EXALT bring just the right amount of variety into game, although their effect all but disappear once you get to late-game stage. Although $30 is a little steep for it, I'd recommend this expansion to anyone who wishes to spice up a possible replay.
OverpricedDemilisz | Dec. 9, 2013 | See all Demilisz's reviews »
While enemy Within adds new things like enemies, weapons and options this really doesn't justify the price. For 30$ you should expect a complete new campaign that is independent from base game like in Fall of the Samurai. Well, with Enemy Within this is only wishful thinking as everything this expansion adds is build into base campaign. New enemies (Exalt and Aliens), new mineral, genetic manipulations and mechasoldiers - they are all here, but as part of old campaign. If you are a big fan of main game and want a reason to play again - buy it. But if you drop out XCom after finishing game ones and doesn't want to come back - forget about EW or wait for sale. There is many better ways to spend 30$ for you.
Expansion that is a must-haveMandemon | Dec. 9, 2013 | See all Mandemon's reviews »
Enemy Within greatly expands the base game, XCOM: Enemy Unknown and is must have to all those who loved XCOM: EU.
The expansion adds a new resource the player can collect: Meld. Meld is physically on the battlefield, much like UFO Power Sources and UFO Navigation Computers. However, Meld have timers just like bombs during Bomb Disposal missions. If player takes too long, he loses the Meld.
This adds entire new element to tactical combat: Is the rewards of getting Meld greater than the risks it pose? Speed is the key, but speed brings risks. Player needs to decide what he values more: resources or his soldiers?
On the strategic layer, player gets lots of new toys, foundry and research projects to study as well as two new base facilities: Cybernetics and Gene Labs. These two are used to apply Meld on your soldiers, either creating mechanically augmented MEC troopers or genetically modify existing soldiers.
MEC troopers carry heavy weapons, can punch aliens through walls and do other numerous tricks. They also get their own skill tree, as well as their suits have their own upgrade paths.
Gene-modded soldiers are less expensive per-mod. However, they do not receive as drastic changes as MEC troopers can get. Gene-modded soldiers gain other skills, such as ability to jump to roofs or blend into surroundings. There are five gene-slots, each with two options, but only one option can be used at the time. Genemods can be swapped, if player so desires, but this cost time, money and meld.
Enemy Within also introduces new enemies. Aliens receive two new units: A Mectoid, is which alien version of MEC trooper. Other new unit is Seeker, a flying robotic squid that can(and will) turn invisible and hunts down isolated soldiers.
However, greatest enemy additions comes in form of EXALT. This shadowy, Illuminati type organization has it's own goals regarding aliens and will sabotage XCOM efforts. EXALT bring eight new units to the table. These units are similar to XCOMs units, Heavy, Medic, Sniper and Operative. These units also have Elite versions, with gene-mods that Dr. Vahlen would not suggest using.
Dealing with EXALT is very different from Aliens. Where as player responds to aliens when he can, player actively seeks out EXALT. When EXALT cell is exposed, either by player initiating a scan or by EXALT managing to sabotage XCOM efforts, player can send covert operatives to infiltrate the cell.
Fighting EXALT is very different from aliens. EXALT might be lacking in tech, but they compensate this with sheer numbers. EXALT is not afraid to lose it's members and will aggressively pursue it's objectives on the battlefield.
Eventually, player can locate and destroy EXALT HQ, ending this threat... for now.
Other new additions Enemy Within brings are numerous bug fixes, improvements to AI, five new Second Wave options, 40 new maps and a new mini-story arc called Progeny. Player can also have soldiers speak their native language, or at least those that the game have been localized on.
Greatest flaw in the expansion is that it does not really add new campaign, merely adds to existing one and that the final mission has remained the same. However, these flaws are small compared to all the goods things that the expansion brings.
A actual expansion pack!andymanmessiah | Nov. 27, 2013 | See all andymanmessiah's reviews »
Thank god. In a time when expansion packs are all but gone and replaced by crummy 3 hour long DLC adventures and special pre-order bonuses, out comes Firaxis with Enemy Within, a stand-alone expansion pack almost straight out of the 1990s with so much new content that it brings a tear to your eye.
If you loved Enemy Unknown, Enemy Within is simply a must-have as it easily enhances the game greatly with its many new features and missions!
Great add to more XCOM experience.ryucchang | Nov. 26, 2013 | See all ryucchang's reviews »
Other good long reviews have already covered the pros and cons of XCOM enemy within, so the only thing I'll have to add is that this is something you must have. For those who like turn-based strategy games and for those who love XCOM, this is not a game to miss or let go or wait for high-rate discounts since it will provide over 30,40 hours of fun when many games provide less even with a higher cost. We all experienced how XCOM:Enemy Unknown can be annoying in repetitive gameplay due to the lack of specified base management. Well, they didn't add that but added other things to at least provide better fighting and modified soldiers. I guarantee that this will at least satisfy old XCOM fans in a better way compared to EU. Only con here is that I wished EW to be a stand alone game with all the old features installed in it but guess the developers didn't think that will work.
A good, solid expansion.Ithuraen | Nov. 24, 2013 | See all Ithuraen's reviews »
Before I begin I will say in a word this expansion is great. What follows will be mostly highlighting of issues, but through difficulty and second wave options balance issues can be overcome and what is left is definitely a clean-cut expansion that is immensely enjoyable for anyone remotely keen on XCOM:EU.
Enemy Within is a solid expansion pack that does what it says on the box with only a few twists that you might not see coming. The idea from Firaxis was to improve in thirds: a third innovation, a third renovation and a third bug fixing. On the innovation front you have an expanded toolset in outfitting your soldiers with MECs and genetic enhancements. With the MECs you have much more powerful weaponry and survivability at the cost of them not able to take cover and having limited vertical maneuverability. The genetic enhancements are mostly minor changes that affect the game in only very context sensitive moments (aim bonus when elevated above an enemy/reflect damage to psionic attackers etc) except for one which kind of broke the mid-game for me balance-wise (mimetic skin). With it I was able to send a soldier out completely undetected and have squad sight enabled snipers obliterate the enemy, it wasn't until facing Ethereals did he actually have the chance at being detected. As for the rest of balance it has been a hard task to change the base game for Firaxis and mostly they've done well to keep it balanced, new enemy types are introduced in the campaign at sensible intervals, and tech is researched at a comfortable pace (slightly lengthened I feel from the base game). Some additional items and foundry tasks are added to make up for the stretched out gameplay which really help bolster your soldiers.
Unfortunately I can't say that it's entirely thought out. I believe your soliders are being tooled up to face the bigger threats, but the aliens for the most part aren't equally as beefed up. The Sectopods seem quite dangerous now, and the mechanised Sectoid can be quite a danger early-mid game, but otherwise the bulk of the aliens are little danger to your squad. Even the most basic MEC at a low rank can stand toe-to-toe with 90% of alien troops, maybe a muton elite could pose a problem but by the time you see them you'll have at least one (or three) tier two MEC and a squad backing it up with plasma weaponry.
Of course the battle isn't ever fought with numbers on your side, but I just get the feeling that the difficulty has been eased downwards purely due to power creep. The variety of enemies is bolstered by the appearance of EXALT, a human threat that (tries to) also have similar tech to XCOM and proves an almost-equal threat. Due to the previously mentioned genetic ability my agent was never discovered by them and felt more like a mission where I had to just kill all humans rather than really do anything stealthily or tactically. The EXALT soldiers do come up with some interesting game changers, having most of the tools the XCOM soldiers do, such as stim-paks, med kits, grenades, sniper rifles, etc, but they had only just started fielding laser weaponry by the time I had finished them off.
I feel I'm harping on the issues more than the highlights because they are the only things wrong here, aside from the power creep and sometimes nasty animation bugs, there is nothing else wrong with this expansion (as said above). Compared to the base game, bugs are fixed, a whole slew of them, and only one introduced (MEC animations are off-sync, only noticeable in slo-mo). There are a slew of features introduced I didn't even know about, including a streamlining of council missions (no longer have to choose to do Slingshot, it works its way in seamlessly), a new set of council missions, a heap of new maps (didn't repeat a map once in 30-hour playthrough), new soldier customisation options, new second wave options (training roulette really spices up the next playthrough) and probably some more that I've forgotten.
For a tonne of content it's worth it's RRP pricetag let alone with GMG vouchers and specials I got it 45% off. There are still some options on my wishlist that I feel could have taken the place of some features, such as expanded end-game enemies (super-mecha-sectoid reskin maybe?) and maybe some more distinct downsides to the MEC/GM soldiers (one second wave options does disallow GM soldiers from being psionics though)
Anyway enough rambling, here's the tl;dr
If you enjoyed Enemy Unknown enough to get more than a weekend of play, buy this expansion pack and enjoy the new features to spice it up. If you played through EU once or more, buy this right now and enjoy enough content to see one or two more playthroughs. You're looking at 30-50 hours of gameplay for the price of a BluRay. No negatives I've listed here can deny you enjoyment in this product
Right in the Melee..XGpredator | Nov. 22, 2013 | See all XGpredator's reviews »
More vicious, more strategic, more stressful, more clever than its predecessor, XCOM: Enemy Within gives a great sweep to the already very successful XCOM: Enemy Unknown by introducing elements of gameplay that tough tactics of a game that the was already tremendously. Sure, they blame the failure to correct defects in the original game or the lack of a new campaign, but if you're a fan of the license, it is certain that the extension will allow you to rediscover in a new light as such particularly time, which is now enriched with a very consistent content.
Must have expansionfingerchain | Nov. 17, 2013 | See all fingerchain's reviews »
a great addition to this already great game.there are new cool stuff for your soldiers,new aliens, new maps and some of the old maps which they enhance , new enemy called xalt and a lot more. this expansion adds more depth to the game and more replayability.i would say that there are still bugs in the game graphical glitches to name a few but nothing game braking.
Great expansion!taskaidomi6 | Nov. 16, 2013 | See all taskaidomi6's reviews »
At first look I didn't like the game nor the price of it. I visited my friend and he told me to try it because it's fantastic. After a while I bought it and it was better than i expected it to be. It brings a lot of new changes to the game. The combat if the same but there are a ton of new things to try. The new enemies look fantastic and the character customization has got a lot of new things added to it, so it is better than ever! If you liked the base game then you will definitely love this expansion!
Great-Great-Great XCOM.Matt43 | Nov. 15, 2013 | See all Matt43's reviews »
In Enemy Within nothing has been curtailed or reduced , on the contrary , only become greater. And it all starts again: alien attack on Earth , we take command of the base XCOM, recruit fighters and pump , we clean the crash site of a UFO, build laboratories, workshops and foundries, study their technology being captured Dohlyaka or rogue launch satellites on different countries , will send interceptors .
Buries the body of a soldier implants or amputated limbs ?
But now all this added new concerns . First, all of our soldiers can now be turned into a cyborg or polukiborgov . You decide if there is enough will just utykat body ordinary Gantry implants (one , for example , increases accuracy during the occupation of the high ground , and the other allows you to jump on the roof) , or should it be amputated limbs to turn into a walking , wrecking everything in its path mechanical soldier .
All this is reflected in the tactics and strategy. In the battle , a new aggravating factor - you need to grab the containers with a particular resource ( the "composition " in Russian translation) , which is spent on all these kiberprevrascheniya . And this must be done quickly : after a certain number of moves containers self-destruct . In addition, the battle is now more scope , dynamics , blood, sweat and tactics. Mekhi demolished walls, behind which hid the enemies , and the whole area is covered with a flamethrower ( after surgery fighters get kiberklass new and unique set of skills ) , snipers are jumping on the roof, "foreign" often attacking in waves, you have landed in the rear and also allowed in the case of their mechanized monsters with metal prostheses.
EXALT mysterious organization brings together people who believe the invasion of the aliens good
And increased costs: Implants for the construction of new buildings ( Laboratory of Genetics and kibergenetiki ) , the study and production of new technologies and equipment items (eg collars from choking to face a new type of enemy , " seekers ") spent more resources . So you can easily run out of money to buy new satellites and interceptors . Or operatives : one in the hospital , others are under the knife kiberhirurgov . And finally in the Enemy Within you more often and more quickly find yourself on the verge of defeat when the country one after another out of the project XCOM.
However, this is minor compared to that begins in the second half . Developers , in the manner of Syndicate Wars 2 , introduced in the confrontation between the two factions of the third. EXALT mysterious organization brings together people who believe the invasion of aliens almost a blessing , want to put their technology to industrial production and thus to break through to the authorities . From words they start to get down to business , arranging sabotage your operations . And we have opened a second front : you have to calculate the headquarters of traitors and destroy them.
But first have to defend your own base and to send spies into the enemy rear . And here opens a new layer of tactical game. Almost the first time in the series we have to fight against the people. And it is a special experience: they use the same tactics and kiberimplanty , you throw smoke bombs , grenades , rocket-propelled grenades are thrown out and run in mechanical suits.
All this, however, is hardly even a " development of old ideas ." All new content as well lay down the ground rules for XCOM: Enemy Unknown, which seems to have been there originally . This is correct in every detail improved version of the great game that somehow missed the year. Now I wonder where all move on .