XCOM: Enemy Unknown

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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.


Key Features:

  • 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.


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Customer reviews

90

The modern turn-based tactical game

Corax_E | March 17, 2015 | See all Corax_E's reviews »

Simply the best modern turn-based tactical game. While it's might be called simplistic compared to the original, the addition of cover mechanics and removal of action points creates a greater focus on tactics, flanking and takes out a lot of micromanagement.

Also permadeath makes the missions very tense, not only because it means veterans are your most valuable resource but because you easily get very attached to your favorite soldiers.

Unfortunately there is to few mission maps which tend to get a bit repetitive. The expansion Enemy Within does however mitigate this.

98

Looks like we're not alone in the Universe, Clarke.

KingTed | March 11, 2015 | See all KingTed's reviews »

X-COM Enemy Unknown marks the great return of a classic franchise. It's a turn-based strategy game with RPG elements. In fact, it has a lot in common with Valkyria Chronicles and feels more like a Tactical-RPG and a good one at that!

The story is simple : Earth is getting invaded by aliens and the secret group X-COM is created to save the world. Simple, right?

Each mission is battle you must win using the deep combat system that the developpers have crafted for thios game. Like in most Tactical RPG you can move each member of your team and attack but there is a twist : the background elements are not here only to be "pretty". You can climb on ladders, open doors, get through windows and even destroy walls! Imagine Valkyria Chronicles gameplay with all of that!

The combats are fun, very fun. And in between you can search alien technology or upgrade your secret base and troops.

The game is pretty challenging and has a lot of replay value (And online multiplayer!).

Visually, X-COM uses a cartoonish style that looks really good. The soundtrack is nice but a bit classic for this genre.

X-COM is a must have if you're a fan of Tactical RPG/Turn-based strategy games.

90

Fabulous...Unforgettable !!

AsadAlrafidain | Jan. 29, 2015 | See all AsadAlrafidain's reviews »

XCOM: Enemy Unknown is a turn-based strategy game (with a scent of third person shooter...sort of) that manages to keep you on your toes until the very end. It is satisfactorily hard, but the kind of hard that is rewarding and makes you feel good after overcoming the hardships. The decision making and resources management -alongside with the tactical approach of the combat- greatly reshapes the outcome of the game, and lets you experience (mini stories) the entire game.

I remember I almost gave up the campaign after several hours of gameplay because I felt I'm loosing and I'm not going to make it (and this was only on the default difficulty), but somehow it manages to keep you attached, fighting till the very end, probably because it makes you bond with the characters and the situation, and in the end, it was worth it.

Although nowadays I'm not that much into strategy games, XCOM: Enemy Unknown has managed to re-ignite my passion for the genre, and I'm definitely looking for the next XCOM game.

The bottom line: XCOM: Enemy Unknown is really what a turn-based strategy game should be.

84

This is why aliens shouldn't invade Earth

MadDemon64 | Jan. 7, 2015 | See all MadDemon64's reviews »

XCOM is a challenging yet enjoyable strategy game where every choice you make is one that will either make you or break you.

The story is simple: aliens attack and you need to stop them. Several plot twists later, including an actually good reason for the attack, and you will find yourself enjoying the story, but not as much as the systems the XCOM franchise is known for.

Combat is simple to pick up but can become a complex game that you tailor to your playstyle. You will need to carefully determine who makes up your squad, what upgrades and technology you research, and most importantly, which countries you monitor and who you help. Make the right choices and you will quickly find yourself able to steamroll even the toughest of enemies. Make the wrong ones and you will find yourself fighting a losing battle.

XCOM is a strategy gamer’s paradise. And even if you are not a strategy gamer, this game will turn you into one.

75

A decent reboot of a legendary franchise

Baumshlager | Jan. 6, 2015 | See all Baumshlager's reviews »

As much as i wanted to hate this game the first time i played time (remembering all the good times i had with the first three UFO/XCOM games i played back in the 90s) i have to admit that the developers managed to do at least one thing right: the squad battles. They are excellent. They have been elegantly simplified to resemble the ones from another great squad TBS, Incubation. One problem, though - when you shoot rafales from your team's weapons, there is only hit and miss. There's calculations of individual bullet trajectories, in a way ,for example, that 2 bullets can hit and 3 miss, like it was done in the old XCOM games, which is really a shame. This also goes for the enemies, which are excellently designed and you can see that the inspiration for many of them was in the old games, and that is great. The strategic part of the game (the world map and base operations) was to linear for my taste, although i understand that it was done that way so that the player can progress through the plot.

This game is definitely a must for strategy gamers and make sure you get the Enemy Within DLC.