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


A tale of loss and glory

Zaggeta | May 8, 2015 | See all Zaggeta's reviews »

XCOM: EU is one of those games which manages to create a narrative out of randomness and player imagination and still trump the engagement of most story-driven games. Never will you ever feel attached to any unit in any game as much as you will become to your crew of randomly generated alien hunters. So much so that (unless in Iron Man mode) you will retreat to an earlier save to save one non-vital character. Just because that character's name is Henry and you like Henry. Gameplay wise, XCOM may very well have brought back the tactical strategy game. Its turn based gameplay has already been replicated in a number of modern games and it just never gets old. The campaign can feel a bit grindy but with mods adding and changing gameplay mechanics, there's almost no reason not to get this.


The best XCOM out there

Armannn | May 7, 2015 | See all Armannn's reviews »

For a tactical game, this is really great. I've been a fan of scary games ever since I am a gamer and for that sake, this tactical scary game is really a great one. X-COM was always a great science fiction franchise and this title called Enemy Unknown, is the best in the series. I'd like to say that Firaxis Games has done a really great work on the game and the choice of the engine (Unreal Engine 3) is great as well.


The Perfect Strategy game

Pamq25k | May 1, 2015 | See all Pamq25k's reviews »

XCOM: Enemy Unknown is the best turn-based strategy game, offering a great AI, story, yet extremely challenging. It requires a lot of thought to manage panic all around the earth, not to mention that each and every decision you make might either save you or drag you to the bottom. Long story short: XCOM: Enemy Unknown is the game you need if you like thinking and challenges.


A reboot done right.

Shodex | March 31, 2015 | See all Shodex's reviews »

You'll be hard pressed to find a modern tactical strategy game on par with XCOM: Enemy Unknown. A streamlined reboot of the original classic that cuts out excess complication while leaving the crushing difficulty gleefully intact. In XCOM: Enemy Unknown you control a squad of elite soldiers against an invading alien menace. The combat takes place in turn based tactical battles where when your soldiers die, they die for good. It gets personal when a soldier you've named and becomes invested in gets killed in some heroic or not-so-heroic way. And most of the time it's your fault he got killed, not because XCOM was being unfair. If you're the kind of gamer who would rather a very challenging game that requires lots of thought, XCOM Enemy Unknown is a fantastic experience with a very high replay value.


Drew me in with a tractor beam!

AkiMatti | March 30, 2015 | See all AkiMatti's reviews »

I haven't really been playing much of the games of this genre, the one before this was probably Incubation demo. So I was going in this game pretty blindly with only a good word of mouth to guide me. And I wasn't disappointed. The game description tells you pretty much what you do in the game, so I' only going to tell my story. Being a bold gamer, I started with Normal difficulty, thinking it would be an easy first run-through. The game held my hand a bit longer than I would've wanted but it wasn't too drawn out. At first I got a squad of 4 to use, but not until the second mission. The first mission is a tutorial so it doesn't let you try anything fancy. The equipment is pretty basic at first, rifles for all and some grenades. Off I go, running from cover to cover, until I'm shot from the side. Soon enough, I'm starting to lose my men. I win eventually, but learned from my carelessness. Further, I started getting more and more cunning, careful and attached to my team. I'm not gonna lose another one. Not one. I save many times every mission, but never resort to beginning a mission anew. Getting better and better, I manage to beat the enemy on the battlefield but neglect the Council too much. I'm out of funding, game over. There was a whole other layer of tactics I didn't yet grasp, thinking how to build my base. Not enough satellites to cover the Councils nations was my mistake. But now I'm prepared. The next campaign will be in "Iron Man" mode...