Summary: Firaxis, best known for the 'Civilization' series, has already proven itself brave. The long-standing strategy game developer is putting its reputation on the line by revisiting a similarly long-standing boon of the entire genre.
Conclusion: I could go on about the virtues of Enemy Within, about how good it was to play through the whole campaign again, but ultimately it’ll come down to two factors: The fact that the ending hasn’t changed a bit, and the fact that, ultimately, you’re still playing the same game.
Excerpt: I've come to accept that I simply missed the boat with X-COM: UFO Defense . It was released in that awkward period when a game could be that complex but couldn't be bothered to include an in-game tutorial or have much in the way of a plot, and trying to catch up on it 15 years later – as I did –...
Excerpt: The best stories about XCOM always end in failure. The wipeout of a veteran squad member, the panic, destruction and downward spiral towards failure. In an age of broadened gaming audiences, lowered difficulty barriers and constant hand holding XCOM manages to stand out by being one of the few...
Excerpt: In a world where aliens have come to Earth armed with a dastardly plot to abduct humans in an attempt to take over the universe, nations must unite to form a task force of unmatched strength. XCOM: Enemy Unknown is the tale of such a unified project.
Conclusion: XCOM: Enemy Unknown is bound to be contested when compared to the original from the ‘90’s, but Firaxis has managed to create a thoroughly modern game based on the core ideas of the classic.
Pros: + Strategic depth, + Tactical complexity, + Character development
Cons: - Some plot points could be better explained, - Barebones multiplayer
Excerpt: Is it just me or does it seem like if we were to take games and movies to heart that we have absolutely nothing to worry about if we were to actually face an alien invasion? There's always some over the top gun wielding soldier who somehow knows every weakness of this previously unknown enemy.
Conclusion: So how does XCOM Enemy Unknown measure up to the original? I think it’s important to look at the new game not as a remake but a new title influenced by the old, and judge it on its own merits. The spirit of the original is certainly there but in a slightly slimmed-down format.