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

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.

89

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...

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.