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: To me, it’s pretty obvious why the Earth has never been visited by extra-terrestrials. Imagine you were an alien, and were looking for a new planet to visit. You have a quick scan of the Earth, and flick through the entertainment channels you find on the airwaves. Click: the movie Aliens.
The XCOM: Enemy Unknown review that took 18 years to write
Quarter to Three
16 October 2012
Excerpt: Time travel has not yet been invented. But thirty years from now, it will have been. This will lead to a series of events that would take me all day to diagram with straws, and even then, trying to understand it would fry your brain like an egg.
Summary: While there are a few technical hiccups and quirky elements in
, the game is good enough to move past them. The core gameplay of the strategy game is incredibly solid, with every mission feeling tense, with you not knowing what is around the next bend.
Summary: Tension runs high in the excellent XCOM: Enemy Unknown.
Pros: Tension-filled turn-based matches Great sense of progression makes you feel increasingly powerful Complex interconnected economy makes each decision important Soldier perma-death gets you invested in the fate of your veterans
Cons: Map repetition Camera foibles and other visual glitches
Excerpt: How do you approach such a well-loved franchise? You have Firaxis kick the tires and light the fires and go for the magic once again. Over my over 30 years of gaming the Original XCOM holds a place in my memories as such a spectacular game for its time.
Excerpt: Right off the bat I can confirm to you that XCOM: Enemy Unknown possesses great potential to frustrate. Frustration need not be a bad thing if it drives your compulsion to forge onward – a fact that Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls exploit in style – but if bugs, glitches or questionable design is the...