"...but none of those games come with anything half as involved or absorbing as Afterlight's amazing strategic layer." - Eurogamer
"A great game that you'll find yourself unable to step away from because you have to research one thing more, or expand to one more territory." - StrategyInformer
UFO: Afterlight is a mixture of squad based tactical action and global strategy with the gamer controlling the actions of elite ground troops, and the running and construction of an intricate network of interlinking bases while collecting resources.
UFO: Afterlight takes us to Mars, where a human colony has been built with the help of the Reticulans not long before the events of UFO: Aftershock took place. Mars base is self-sustainable and provides all the necessities for survival of humans on a foreign planet, mainly breathable air, water and food. Although the people inhabiting this colony have the technologies and knowledge required for their further development, basic survival is their major concern. Their only activity is the research of a nearby excavation site, which proves the existence of an ancient intelligent and highly developed alien civilization.
The player will enter the game when the research drastically affects all Mars inhabitants. New and unexpected enemies appear in the form of robots, built centuries ago by the unknown aliens for their protection, whose purpose is to eliminate any traces of other civilizations on Mars.
Humans on Mars now have a good reason for their own development, even though not knowing yet that the planetary self-defense mechanism might not be the worst awaiting them, and that their unintentional opening of hyperspace gates will bring an even bigger enemy right to their door. After all attempts to contact the Earth Laputa fail, the colonists are left with no other choice than to fight the enemies with their own means, or be annihilated.
This game is, to put it simply, just the best strategy game I have ever had the please of playing in my long gaming life. Out of many games including Xcom and the Civilization series this game beats all of them hands down in my honest opinion. The game manages to flawlessly mix great and deep ideas of strategic battles with great ground game play as you control your varied crew across an absolutely brilliant campaign mode. The graphics are nothing to write home about but this is not a problem due to the extremely well defined game play mechanics. Its just great.
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