XCOM: Enemy Unknown (NA)
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"...the campaign is full of tense moments that are sure to keep you coming back for more." - IGN.com
"A wonderful and worthy strategy game with a layer of campy charm that makes the stone-faced seriousness of the game's characters all the more endearing. It's also remarkably accessible, thanks to a great interface that feels comfortable whether you're using a keyboard and mouse or have a controller in your hand." - Gamespot.com
Threatened by an unknown enemy, the Earth’s governments unite to form an elite paramilitary organization, known as XCOM, to combat this extraterrestrial attack. As the commander of XCOM, you control the global defense team in a battle against a terrifying alien invasion by creating a fully operational base, researching alien technologies, planning combat missions, and controlling soldier movement in battle.
Worldwide Threat: Combat spans the globe as the XCOM team engages in over 70 unique missions, interacting and negotiating with governments around the world.
Strategic Base: Recruit, customize and grow unique soldiers and manage your personnel. Detect and intercept the alien threat as you build and expand your XCOM headquarters.
Strategy Evolved: XCOM: Enemy Unknown couples tactical turn-based gameplay with incredible action sequences and on-the-ground combat.
Tactical Combat: Direct soldier squads in turn-based ground battles and deploy air units such as the Interceptor and Skyranger.
X-Com returns!midgetjacks | Oct. 5, 2014 | See all midgetjacks's reviews »
When 2K announced an update to X-Com, skepticism ran high. Here was a beloved franchise in a genre that had fallen out of style, being rebooted for a modern audience. Luckily it worked, and ended up being one of the best of the year.
Sure, there are some things I miss from the old games. The high rate of casualties was always fun, you never knew when a mission would go bad, and then really bad. At the same time, they kept that feeling here, when one of your favorites goes down, and you rush to save them, and then it just gets a whole lot bloodier. And it controls much better than expected, to the point where I prefer to play it with a controller.
Then you have the upgrade trees, which all feel pretty solid. Leveling up soldiers brings a choice at each level, allowing soldiers to be specialized in different things. All in all, a worthy successor to the X-Com name.
Best RTSyngdr | Aug. 9, 2014 | See all yngdr's reviews »
X Com- Enemy Unknown is one of the best RTS squad-based games around, from the action in moves, to the command interface, all feel well done and draw you into the game. The HQ is a bit off having to excavate and spend resources to get upgrades, however the control and layout of the base is handled perfectly. the cut-scenes could have been a bit better but I don't hold it too much against them.
It is a very good buy and if you can grab it on sale its a very good deal.
Great RebootJericho417 | July 30, 2014 | See all Jericho417's reviews »
The return of X-Com was very welcome. I played the original games when I was a kid and there's just enough nostalgia and updates. You can customize your squad, through upgrades and appearance. You can change their names, as well. You design and place structures in your base and research your finds to get better gear.
The combat is very well done. The graphics and aesthetics are beautiful. The mechanics are fleshed out and work. Took me about 35 hours to beat it and I never found the encounters boring.
A Great and Difficult Gamefortunateandy | Feb. 6, 2014 | See all fortunateandy's reviews »
It has been a long time since I played a tactical game like XCOM and the game was great. The tension between and in mission is quite exhilarating if you like to emotionally invest in your troops. There is some quirkiness to the game that could annoy you to no end but for the most part the game is quite free of bugs (on my occasion). I do admit most of the missions become a bit stale as there aren't that many maps but you can buy the expansions to somewhat alleviate that, but only if they're at a cheaper price than they are now.
Worthy of bearing the X-COM name.jurassicutility | Feb. 5, 2014 | See all jurassicutility's reviews »
Overall, I've been quite pleased with the game. I loved the original X-COM to death, but I feel that both games are good for different reasons. The reboot is missing quite a few of the original game's features, but I think what they were going for was to minimize a lot of the boring micromanagement you ended up doing in the original game and tighten up tactical combat (which was the best part of the original game anyways). I think the smaller squadsize of the new game actually works to make fights more tactical. In the original, soldiers were basically disposable pawns, and the lack of any range limitation meant that sniping tactics were WAY too effective. In the new game you're actually forced to use squad tactics if you want to survive a fight with the aliens.
There are some gripes I do have about the new game though. The lack of randomized levels is regrettable. There are only about 15 distinct level maps, and after a few hours of play you will find that you've already seen about all of the unique maps, and know exactly where the good cover and likely alien spawns are. There are also no Base Defense missions. I can actually understand why they did away with the randomized levels, but WHY NO BASE DEFENSE FIRAXIS?! It was such an important part of the original game's flow! It's supposed to be when you have to face the consequences of how you planned - or didn't plan - your base layout.
Besides that though, XCOM: Enemy Unknown is a very good game. I'd recommend it anyone who was a fan of the original and is willing to approach it with an open mind.