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XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Rating: 12+ (PEGI)

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  This is NOT X-com.

| | See all Kimmelom's reviews (9)

Cheap remake without all the charming aspects from the old game. Just fast pace, poor strategic, no management. Pooor game.

  Finally Something a Little Different

| | See all deanlowdon's reviews (468)

Virtually a remake, albeit an updated one, of an almost twenty year old turn-based strategy game X-Com: Enemy Unknown is one of the most nerve-wracking games you'll ever play. Cast as the commander of an underground base of soldiers designed to fight against a mysterious alien invasion the game really comes in two parts.

The first part involves the actual day-to day running of the base, ensuring sufficient weapons and resources are made available and making sure you can rely on each of the worlds governments for funding are just two examples of the many tasks that you will face. Within just a few hours some very difficult decisions have to be made as losing the support of a country can severely diminish the chances of success. Refreshingly X: Com resists holding the players hand and is quite happy to let you make a mistake early on that makes eventual success extremely difficult.

The second part is a turn based squad tactical simulation that is more exciting than it sounds. Using an isometric view with a fully rotatable camera each soldier can perform two actions per turn from a set list, this usually means either moving or firing but each particular unit often has additional moves such as laying down covering fire that can also be selected. Real tension is added by the fact that should a unit be killed there is no to bringing them back, this is particularly painful when it happens to an experienced member of your squad that you've taken the trouble to level up, customise and even nickname.

If ever a game proved that you don't traditional endless cut scenes to provide an exciting, ongoing narrative then this is the game and even those usually adverse to the strategy genre may find X:Com an entertaining prospect.

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  Finally Something a Little Different

| | See all drlowdon's reviews (468)

Virtually a remake, albeit an updated one, of an almost twenty year old turn-based strategy game X-Com: Enemy Unknown is one of the most nerve-wracking games you'll ever play. Cast as the commander of an underground base of soldiers designed to fight against a mysterious alien invasion the game really comes in two parts.

The first part involves the actual day-to day running of the base, ensuring sufficient weapons and resources are made available and making sure you can rely on each of the worlds governments for funding are just two examples of the many tasks that you will face. Within just a few hours some very difficult decisions have to be made as losing the support of a country can severely diminish the chances of success. Refreshingly X: Com resists holding the players hand and is quite happy to let you make a mistake early on that makes eventual success extremely difficult.

The second part is a turn based squad tactical simulation that is more exciting than it sounds. Using an isometric view with a fully rotatable camera each soldier can perform two actions per turn from a set list, this usually means either moving or firing but each particular unit often has additional moves such as laying down covering fire that can also be selected. Real tension is added by the fact that should a unit be killed there is no to bringing them back, this is particularly painful when it happens to an experienced member of your squad that you've taken the trouble to level up, customise and even nickname.

If ever a game proved that you don't traditional endless cut scenes to provide an exciting, ongoing narrative then this is the game and even those usually adverse to the strategy genre may find X:Com an entertaining prospect.

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  Quality Game

| | See all Jaimie23's reviews (1)

Never played previous versions (Think i missed out there) so was open to anything really turned out to be very Addictive, fustrating, strategy gameplay at its best. Defo one of my Fav games, Only downside i can really highlight is that DLC maps dont go into the rotation in campaign.

  Fantastic

| | See all judgesmf1234's reviews (5)

I don't do review's because I don't care , but this fantastic game will be passed up by some people who are not sure about it. So all I can say is if your interest in the game has you got as far as reading these reviews then go ahead and buy it. It has a very rare quality in modern games in that it makes you want to to keep playing, and keep thinking about it your tactic's long after you have turned off the console.A MUST HAVE GAME.

  Brilliant - best game ive played in a loong time

| | See all woodsy321's reviews (6)

An awesome strategy game that makes you want to keep playing!

lots of decisions that change the game, what countries to protect, what to invest in, what to build in your base and what continent to build it in, all change the game , the outcomes and the experience.

Mange your squad, train them , buy them new gear - if you can afford it!

Its all in your hands and i cant praise this game enough.

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  Stylish reworking of a classic

| | See all russnutter88's reviews (239)

You are in command of X-COM earths first ,and last line of defence against a growing alien invasion,first you have to chose a site for your base (fans of the original,will notice the lack of placement positions open to them) from here you can (with the help of satalites ) monitor alien activity around the globe,you can also customise your soldiers,change their skin and hair colour,their hair and facial hair styles,their head and face shape,their names and even their voice (you can have some real fun with this) and when they rank up,you can even given give them nick names, you also have at your desposal,engineers and researchers to help you upgrade your weaponry and understand the aliens and use their technology to fight them on their own terms,the missions are quite exciting and the animations,cut scenes and background music, all add to the atmosphere,even with it's short comings on the customisation front ,it dosen't stop this from being a great game !

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  Stylish reworking of a classic

| | See all russnutter's reviews (239)

You are in command of X-COM earths first ,and last line of defence against a growing alien invasion,first you have to chose a site for your base (fans of the original,will notice the lack of placement positions open to them) from here you can (with the help of satalites ) monitor alien activity around the globe,you can also customise your soldiers,change their skin and hair colour,their hair and facial hair styles,their head and face shape,their names and even their voice (you can have some real fun with this) and when they rank up,you can even given give them nick names, you also have at your desposal,engineers and researchers to help you upgrade your weaponry and understand the aliens and use their technology to fight them on their own terms,the missions are quite exciting and the animations,cut scenes and background music, all add to the atmosphere,even with it's short comings on the customisation front ,it dosen't stop this from being a great game !

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