X-COM: UFO Defense
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You are in control of X-COM: an organization formed by the world's governments to fight the ever-increasing alien menace.
Command deadly close-combat battles
Shooting down UFOs is just the beginning: you must then lead a squad of heavily-armed soldiers across different terrains as they investigate the UFO crash site. Tackle the aliens with automatic rifles, rocket launchers, and even tanks in the struggle to retrieve useful technology, weapons or life forms.
Research and manufacture alien technologies
Successful ground assault missions will allow X-COM scientists to analyze alien items. Each new breakthrough brings you a little closer to understanding the technology and culture of the alien races. Once you have sufficient research data on the UFO's superior weapons and crafts, you'll be able to manufacture weapons of equal capability.
Develop a strategy to save the Earth
You must make every crucial decision as you combat the powerful alien forces. But you'll also need to watch the world political situation: governments may be forced into secret pacts with the aliens and then begin to reduce X-COM funding.
I love this game.midgetjacks | Oct. 4, 2014 | See all midgetjacks's reviews »
Alright, yes, this is a clunky game. It came out two decades ago, give it a break. Now, let's just talk about how awesome this game was and still is. You start out with a ragtag group of soldiers, most die, but one or two stick around. You start favoring them, making sure they make it back from missions. Then something bad happens, a squaddie gets mind controlled, shoots another in the back, throws down his gun, and wanders into the black. From there, it all ends in disaster. One lone newbie staggers back on the jet, terrified. He's now the most veteran of your roster.
That is this game in a nutshell. You get the highs of watching all your plans fall into place, and the lows of watching your plans fall apart. I love this game.
Still a masterpiece.reginleifx | Aug. 4, 2014 | See all reginleifx's reviews »
In case you have never played an X-Com game, the plot is pretty much the same in every entry. There is an alien invasion on Earth, it is your job to get rid of it. Gameplay varies a little from entry to entry (Excepting "The Bureau" and the latest one). In this case, we could say the gameplay is divided into two different phases: The managing phase, in which you manage the anti-alien bases, different platoons, research, manufacturing, among other things, like detecting alien presence in different parts of the world. Then there is the combat phase, in which you control one of your squads, and battle alien forces. Now, the game is challenging, even in the first difficulty setting for beginners. You really need to take care of everything happening in the world, and there are many ways to lose the game. Graphics are alright, considering it came out in 1994. Sound effects are generic, and the soundtrack is okay, to say the least.