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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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Friday, October 12, 2012
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Minimum Requirements
  • OS: Windows Vista
  • SOFTWARE: Steam Client
  • PROCESSOR: 2 GHz Dual Core
  • HARD DRIVE: 20 GB free
  • VIDEO CARD: NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT / ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT or greater
  • SOUND CARD: DirectX Compatible
Recommended Requirements
  • OS: Windows 7
  • PROCESSOR: 2 GHz Dual Core (Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz or Athlon X2 2.7 GHz)
  • HARD DRIVE: 20 GB free
  • VIDEO CARD: NVIDIA GeForce 9000 series / ATI Radeon HD 3000 series or greater
  • SOUND CARD: DirectX Compatible

  • Other Requirements & Supports: Initial installation requires one-time internet connection for Steam authentication; software installations required (included with the game) include Steam Client, Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable, DirectX and Microsoft .NET 4


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Reviews for XCOM: Enemy Unknown

I wanted to give a 100%, but i still missed...

Remember, when the impossible difficulty actually almost lived up for that name? Well, you probably do, since nowadays we have tons of masochistically hard games, that makes you think, fighting atual aliens in the real world must be easier than winning this game....but i digress. Xcom is one of those games, that's not only challenging, but at the same time a lot of fun. The gameplay is damn near perfect, and easy to learn. I mean, easy to learn, to handle the game, making sure that your squad doesn't get killed...not so easy. The graphics are fine, you don't really need a game like this to look that much better, the only weird thing is, every country look exactly the same. Well, now we know how the space aliens must feel like... The story is an interesting topic. On the one hand, it's a typical X-Files like stuff, but on the other, the random nature of the game makes you care for your soldiers, a lot! By the end of the game you will know them by first name, think of them almost like friends, and feel really bad, when something bad happens to them. Must have for anyone, even those who normally don't play Turn based strategies. I know i Didn't before this.

A worthy successor

XCOM: Enemy Unknown is a revisit to an old classic game from 90's. The game has been streamlined, with a greater focus on individual soldiers instead of macro management of the original. The design choice works well, and the player gets more invested in the well-being of the soldiers. The game is more scripted and feels more linear, resulting in a somewhat less captivating story. It is still a difficult game on the harder difficulty levels, and the iron man option offers a great way to keep the player on the edge of the seat. The game is missing some complexity. There is only one base, only one team of soldiers, one skyranger. Some basic features of the original have been partly improved in the released DLC, which is highly recommended. There could be a lot more maps, especially considering that the original had generated maps. Overall, I very much recommend the game for every turn based strategy fan and even for those who don't yet recognize themselves as such.

The best turn based game

Turn based games can be either very fun or very boring. For many turn based games, there is a heavy lack of action or excitement. Furthermore, they're usually compounded by terrible visuals or animations. Xcom truly shines above the crop. This game is fun to play because you can play it however you want. You play save scum, ironman, or simply play it on easy for the story. The real draw of the game is obviously the connection you make with your characters. The fact that you can customize them makes them that much more better. I had some of the best times playing xcom and I recommend it to anyone who wants to blow 50 hours of their lives on this game.

Turn-Based Strategy Has Never Felt This Good In Years

"X-COM Enemy Unknown" is simply put, one of the best strategy games of its generation. Whilst paying homage to the nostalgia of its predecessors, Firaxis' have perfected level design and turn based strategy with their latest X-COM offering. Focused on a war between man and aliens, the fierce squad orientated battles which you pursue are simply amazing. Base and personnel management is also extremely polished, lending well to the overall environment and atmosphere, and although the story line sometimes plays a secondary role in progression, it always feels rewarding and complex enough to keep you coming back for more. Great release and great game. Highly recommended.

Nearly perfect

This is one of my favourite games in recent years. I was a huge fan of the original X-Com games and was really looking forward to this. I saw some video footage of this at a Games Expo and I was sold. When I finally installed it on my machine my expectations were sky high. Thankfully I wasn't disappointed. I have played through this several times now. I've bought all the DLC and I've played the Long War Mod. This is the only game I have gone back to time and time again in search of achievements on Steam. For me it is close to perfect.

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