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 –...
Conclusion: MARS ATTACKS!Preparing for Galactic War: Single player and multiplayer are pretty much the same. Going through the campaign you are given the typical vague premise: you are a commander of a private global defense organization attempting to expel aliens from wreaking havoc on Earth by seeking and...
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: 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.
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.
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.
Conclusion: Coming in at over 2GB and $20, XCOM: Enemy Unknown is a large and expensive game in the mobile market, but that shouldn't dissuade strategy gamers from giving it a try. Even without the multiplayer or DLC features, it offers more depth than you'll find in most, if not all, other strategy titles in...
Summary: In XCOM: Enemy Unknown, victory is sweet--but it's so much sweeter when it arrives after a heart-wrenching standoff. With each turn, the newest entry in this beloved strategy series heightens the sense of tension, and each defeat of a hovering alien craft thus becomes cause for celebration.
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