Summary: The game WOULD be cool if it wasn't buggy to the point of being unplayable. I mean, this game is totally unfinished years after it's release. You can play it, but many of the games strategies and development paths for soldiers don't even work. The game crashes a lot and has bugs that can bork your whole game.
Summary: Unlike UFO: Aftermath, Aftershock is a long way off X-Com style gameplay. The game concept is solid and it has one of the best storylines I've ever seen. However, the game tends almost impossibly hard quite early on (before you get proper weapons) and in the late-mid game up to the point where I'd be happy that my soldiers even survived. In most other parts of the game, it simply got too easy and repetitive.
Summary: Very sorry, loved X-COM in 1995, but copying it exactly in 2007 is not a good idea. Especially when you have everything you need in UFO: Afterlight. Stay away from this. Bad graphics, terrible interface.
Summary: Excellent game! Finally a strategy game that got me hooked after some years of MMORPGs. It's so incredibly underrated, it's really such a shame. I didnt play 1.0 version, just 1.2 and its almost bugless. I think horrible rating are coming mainly from those who reviewed 1.0, but also from the ones who played UFO: Aftermath which was really very poor game from the same publisher. Maybe they just didnt have the patience to give it a chance. THEIR LOSS!
Summary: After reading Andrew H's review (if you like Xcom, Jagged Alliance, Fallout etc.) I had to post. I loved those games - they are still on my shelf. Unfortunately, UFO: Aftershock comes nowhere close to these elite titles. The graphics are bland, muddy and, with no adjustable camera, often in the way of the gameplay. The enemies are nondescript, poorly rendered and there are only a handful of "types" - there is very little variety or imagination in the opponents.
Summary: A huge improvement over Aftermath. Criticisms about repetitiveness are valid but hold across the genre and this game makes up for that with good graphics and improved RPG and strategy elements. Must mention : The Gamespot review is anomalous, ill-informed and written by a game-journo-hack who had no idea how to play this style of game. He certainly got no more that 10% of the way through the story.
Summary: For the genre, the graphics are very good. The game is detailed and has long term gameplay. However, it is repetitive; at the start of the game you will see the same map over and over again with little variation.
Summary: Great game...I played AS for about 3 hours and am not starting again. I did exactly the same thing in XCOM. This is the first game in a long time that has kept me playing until the early morning on work nights.