The game's title is "Aftermath" because it's set after a devastating alien invasion, but it's also supposed to carry on the traditions of the original UFO/X-COM games. Compared to Enemy Unknown, Terror from the Deep and Apocalypse, the biggest changes are a 3D engine and a real-time mode instead of a turn-based one. Combat functions similarly to Baldur's Gate or the more recent Jagged Alliance: Back in Action. Both of these games do it better than Aftermath, however. You draw plans telling your squadmates where to go and what to do, you can pause anytime and issue new orders, etc., but it never feels as natural and comfortable as other games do. All in all it's not a terrible game at all, but it's neither great nor quite worthy of the UFO branding, and now that Firaxis have released their own (splendid) XCOM remake, there's no reason to go back to this unless you're obsessed with this type of game.
A definite classic, especially if you are a fan of the X-COM series. Obviously the graphics are a bit dated now, but to be fair it is a 2003 game and the actual combat and gameplay mechanics are solid. And you can't complain about the price. Think of it like a real-time X-COM but with the ability to pause and think.
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