XCOM: Enemy Unknown

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a game by Firaxis Games
Platforms: XBox 360, XBox One, PC, Playstation 3
Editor Rating: 9/10, based on 1 review
User Rating: 9.3/10 - 3 votes
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See also: X-COM Series, Turn Based RPG, Mouse Only Games
XCOM: Enemy Unknown
XCOM: Enemy Unknown
XCOM: Enemy Unknown
XCOM: Enemy Unknown

XCOM: Enemy Unknown is an exhilarating strategy game where your tactical decisions can spell the difference between victory and complete annihilation of the human race. Set in an alternative future in the year 2015, the game sees you in command of the XCOM military, a fierce group of fighters who are defending the Earth from an alien invasion. As the leader of XCOM, it's up to you to embark on challenging and dangerous missions, manage your home base, and maintain the morale of humanity. With its punishing difficulty, addictive battle system, and an intriguing futuristic story, XCOM: Enemy Unknown is a great tactical title for gamers who like a challenge.

Main Game Features

  • Tactical, turn-based combat
  • Build up your military base with new technology
  • Both solo campaign and competitive multiplayer modes

Story

The story of XCOM: Enemy Unknown starts in early 2015, when the nations of the Earth join together and create the Extraterrestrial Combat Unit, or XCOM for short. Designed to defend humanity from an oncoming alien invasion, the XCOM group is composed of the most skilled fighters and intelligent scientists on Earth, hoping to increase the odds of survival. Almost as soon as XCOM is established, the alien invasion begins, starting with alien scouts and attempted abductions. As you fight back against the extraterrestrial threat, you must identify their weaknesses, discover their motivations, and end the war for good. Thanks to its interesting sci-fi story, compelling characters, and unexpected twists and turns, the plot of XCOM: Enemy Unknown is awesome and shouldn't be skipped over.

Gameplay

XCOM: Enemy Unknown combines base-building gameplay with intense and challenging turn-based battles, which will test your skills as both a leader and a tactician. Similar to games like The Banner Saga or Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden, battles take place on a grid, where you have different military units, each with unique skills and strengths. Playing from a top-down, isometric perspective, you must explore the levels slowly, uncovering enemies and objectives. Depending on your placement, unit selection, and more, each attack has a limited chance of landing on target, so you'll want to be as smart with your strategy as possible. There are multiple difficulty levels to play on, but at the higher levels, your save slots are limited and permanent death awaits your soldiers. That means that any perished soldiers will be gone for good, with their upgrades and gear lost as well.

Between the combat-based story missions, you'll have to manage your XCOM base, making different management choices that dictate your overall strategy. In its starting form, the base is satisfactory, but you can expand it by building new structures, starting new experiments, and more. Your actions have consequences on the global governments involved in the XCOM organization, so you must balance the needs of each nation to avoid losing support. In addition to the story campaign, the game also contains a one-on-one competitive multiplayer mode, where you and a friend can duke it out on the battlefield. This allows you to play as both humans and aliens, with limited perks and upgrades available. While it's not as varied as the main campaign, multiplayer is still fun and a good way to spend a few hours.

Conclusion

If you like alien invasion stories, science fiction, or turn-based combat, you should check out XCOM: Enemy Unknown. Although it can be pretty tough at first, you will probably find the experience very rewarding, with a compelling story that keeps you interested during the tougher moments.

9

With its exciting combat and engaging base-building gameplay, you'll be invested in XCOM: Enemy Unknown for dozens of hours, if you can survive the challenge!

Pros

  • Challenging but satisfying combat
  • Sprawling sci-fi story
  • Lots of base-building options

Cons

  • Higher difficulties can feel impossible
  • Not very welcoming to new players
  • Multiplayer is pretty simple

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XBox 360

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

XBox One

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

PC

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Playstation 3

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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