XCOM: Enemy Unknown will place you in control of a secret paramilitary organisation called XCOM. As the XCOM commander, you will defend against a terrifying global alien invasion by managing resources, advancing technologies, and overseeing combat strategies and individual unit tactics.
The original X-COM is widely regarded as one of the best games ever made and has now been re-imagined by the strategy experts at Firaxis Games. XCOM: Enemy Unknown will expand on that legacy with an entirely new invasion story, enemies and technologies to fight aliens and defend Earth. You will control the fate of the human race through researching alien technologies, creating and managing a fully operational base, planning combat missions and controlling soldier movement in battle.
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XCOM Enemy Unknown is a brilliant take on the old games, this game has endless hours of alien killing fun! If you like strategy games then this is for you! It's a good turn based chess-like game but with modern graphics, menus and animation as well as a good story and brilliant cut scenes. Interrogate aliens, steal their technology and use it against them, mind control aliens, stealth snipers. This game has it all and I got it all for a low price!
XCOM Enemy Unknown is pretty good. It's much harder than I had expected (on normal difficulty) but this was a good thing, as sometimes I find strategy games to be a little boring when you can complete them without much of a challenge due to the slow pace nature of the games. There are some annoying points and a few bugs but they don't really take anything away from the overall game play. The one thing I quickly learnt with this game was that you can not rush through the levels, you just end up losing men. I would recommend this to anyone who likes strategy games and I love the run and cover based game play.
I originally bought a copy of XCOM Enemy Unknown for my son who is 12, and he absolutely loved it. His Dad is now a fan and we bought this copy for his best friend! The game is fairly straightforward with aliens and zombies. It's a little gory in places but hasn't given him or his son nightmares!
This new "remake" has nothing to do with XCOM. The graphics are nice, fire looks like fire and the light in the game creates a very deep atmosphere. I also liked the rain effect in the game... it looked very nice. Strangely I had to lower the graphics settings because the game crashed after one minute of gameplay. Funny part is if you aim for enemies and 6 of your units have an accuracy of 99% and still everyone of them miss. This happened a lot to me and I am pretty sure that there is a bug in the game. Why do they need to show the covered places explicitly? I don't need a symbol which shows me that the enemy can't hit me. I know that if I stand behind a wall and there is no line of sight... he can't see me. The whole technologytree is as lame as the history of my life. You are forced to research some stuff. And the tree is pretty short and lame. The AI is in my opinion the biggest fail since the beginning of fails. The enemies don't do anything, just standing on their spawn point and waiting until you find them. If you see them they get initiative and take cover. This way you can never sneak on them ... they always see you.
Have you ever wondered what it would be really like if aliens invaded? Well now you have the chance to command your soldier to do battle with an alien foe. Be warned though, you're out-gunned and out manned! This game will require you to use all your skills to destroy the alien scum, fighting right across the globe, oh and if you get stuck there's always the rocket launcher! This game is definitely worth the money, I have had so much fun playing it and recommend it to anyone!
Amongst all the fps generic shooters, XCOM Enemy Unknown is a breath of fresh air. This is a brilliant revival of a genre of games that was long overdue for attention. Before you know it, the tutorial is over and you're immersed into the game world and hours will have passed by. It's a recommended buy.
I loved the original so I had to pre-order, and thanks to zavvi i could get it for a great price and it even was delivered really fast. Anyhow, i played around 50 hours now and finished the game. I had so much fun playing it, seeing this new interpretation from firaxis games and 2K games running on Unreal Engine this game is a blast and blew me away! Yes, i complained myself for missing things from the original, but hey, thinking about it, if it was just 100% the same people would complain too, as it would be nothing but a clone with better graphics. Firaxis announced more content to come, so I hope there will be some cool releases in the near future and maybe even a sequel XCOM EU 2 ? Additionally, there is mod support, so who knows what the community will be coming up with.
XCOM Enemy Unknown is a remake of one of my favourite games from the early '90s. Fans of the old one will notice that it has quite a few changes, some good, some not so good. I don't want to say more about all of the other changes as it might spoil your discovery of them. There's also an option to play online against other people if you're into that which will give it a better shelf life.
Fans of the original will not be disappointed by this remake. The same enjoyable balance of the strategic and the tactical. The same technological development needed to keep you up with the increasing difficulty as the game progresses. The same way you get oddly attached to your cannon fodder soldiers. As soon as those few remaining, but not really game breaking, bugs are patched this will stand as classic.
I still remember the first time I played UFO: Enemy Unknown (back before they put X-COM in the title), since it was one of the first PC games I ever bought. The vast scale of the alien menace meant that you had to struggle to respond to threats across the world with your meagre resources. The unfair balance of power, with the aliens wielding far greater firepower and armour than your poor soldiers. The feeling of loss as the handful of veterans that you have managed to train up eventually get killed. All of this is still true in X-COM and I admire how they kept true to the spirit of the game, whilst updating all of the issues with the dynamics and interface that make 90s games so hard to play. I especially like the inclusion of an Ironman mode - although it is not for the feint-hearted as even on the lowest difficulty your memorial will quickly fill up with the names of soldiers you have lost. I am still playing my first game, and although I have lost a huge number of soldiers, it still doesn't feel impossible to win, but it is pretty tricky. The combat is still turn based, but is much faster paced than the original due to the smaller squad sizes and more streamlined action systems. Most of the old villains are back, but are redesigned to look even more menacing (and the chrysalids are still terrifying). A lot of the micromanagement from the base design was stripped out, since you only have to manage one base, and don't need to worry about defensibility any more (although I do miss being able to defend the base you built against alien assault like in the previous games). But I am in the minutiae, as a whole the game is great. The aliens are formidable, but not insurmountable. Despite having no scripting or background you can grow very attached to your squad members (at least until they die). And above all, it is so engrossing I struggle to pull myself away from the game - like many a Firaxis game I am just thinking one more turn, just one more turn).
I guess I just love the old version better, the game has its good points however they seem to have taken away quite a few of the things I loved. To be fair they did say it was a new game and not just a revamp so you get what you are given. That being said, if the first Xcom was organized like this I don't think I would have played it all the way to the end.
I have to admit to being a huge fan of the original series, playing them on the Amiga, consoles and pc. This game delivers to the fan and the new comer alike. If your a fan of turn based strategy games this is a must for you. The graphics are brilliant, the game play superb. You play the commander of the elite xcom operation. You control the base building, manufacturing, research and all the encounters, from intercepting and shooting down UFOs to the actual ground assaults. I have recommended this game to several friends, some of whom never played the original games or the remakes, they all have enjoyed this game. I have yet to personally try out the multiplayer feature, but i am told it is just as good as the single player. Konrack
I played the original XCOM UFO Defense back in the day and have to say that this is a really good remake / Re-envision of that old game. It's fun to play, the graphics look great, the sound effects, music and voice acting is all extremely good and fits in well It's a turn based game where you send out teams of soldiers to fight and kill / capture aliens that are invading the planet There's certainly lots to do. Researching, manufacturing, shooting down UFO's, sending your troops in to capture shot down (and even landed) UFO's, even rescuing civilians from Terror Attacks For a remake I had prepared myself for a let down, but this game is anything but! Well worth buying!