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XCOM: Enemy Unknown

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Overall 9
9.0

XCOM: Enemy Unknown

High-Def Digest
16 January 2014
  • 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. Firaxis is rebooting 'XCOM' with 'XCOM: Enemy Unknown,' taking on the challenge of modernizing a beloved series while keeping it exactly the same, so-to-speak.
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Overall 9
9.0

XCOM: Enemy Unknown - The Enemy Within

Strategy Informer
11 November 2013
  • 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. The former is perhaps the most disappointing, and as for the latter, it’s easier for something like Civilization to get away with, as XCOM is more narrative focused.
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Overall 10
10

XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Gamezebo
27 June 2013
  • Summary: If a real alien invasion is this much fun, maybe it’d be worth it.
  • Pros: Great turn-based gameplay. Equally great resource management gameplay. Great tutorial sequence.
  • Cons: A few textures look bad.
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Overall 10
9.5

Expert Review

Realm of Gaming
11 January 2013
  • 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 mainstream games that allows you to fail permanently.
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Overall 10
10
Looks 10
10

XCOM Enemy Unknown

ablegamers.com
30 December 2012
  • 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. In this epic sequel, a type of Wizard’s chess meets the 3-D Star Trek chess of the future.
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Overall 10
10
Looks 10
10

XCOM Enemy Unknown

ablegamers.com
30 December 2012
  • 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. In this epic sequel, a type of Wizard’s chess meets the 3-D Star Trek chess of the future.
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Overall 9
9.0

XCOM: Enemy Unknown Review (PC)

Softpedia
5 December 2012
  • 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. The tactics-based action is enhancing, well balanced, pleasing and frustrating at the same time and manages to make hours pass by incredibly quickly.
  • Pros: + Strategic depth, + Tactical complexity, + Character development
  • Cons: - Some plot points could be better explained, - Barebones multiplayer
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Overall 9
9.0

XCOM: Enemy Unknown Review (PC)

Softpedia
5 December 2012
  • 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. The tactics-based action is enhancing, well balanced, pleasing and frustrating at the same time and manages to make hours pass by incredibly quickly.
  • Pros: + Strategic depth, + Tactical complexity, + Character development
  • Cons: - Some plot points could be better explained, - Barebones multiplayer
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Overall 9
8.7

XCOM: Enemy Unknown

ActionTrip
24 October 2012
  • Conclusion: Generally though, this new addition to the XCOM series, sadly, doesn't tread new ground. It manages, however, to reinstate a genre that hasn't seen any progress in years. All in all, this is a well-polished game that deserves anyone's attention. If you're someone who enjoys turn-based strategies, then be sure to grab this one as soon as possible. The people at Firaxis have successfully renewed an old franchise, laying the groundwork for more XCOM games (hopefully).
  • Pros: Single-player keeps you engaged for a long time, fun upgrade and class system, the devs set up a terrific ambiance with awesome art and overall top-notch visuals and audio;
  • Cons: Missions lack variety, as do the maps on offer in the single-player campaign, not that it's a big concern for a strategy, but the story and characters do need a bit more work.
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Overall 9
8.7

XCOM: Enemy Unknown

ActionTrip
24 October 2012
  • Conclusion: Generally though, this new addition to the XCOM series, sadly, doesn't tread new ground. It manages, however, to reinstate a genre that hasn't seen any progress in years. All in all, this is a well-polished game that deserves anyone's attention. If you're someone who enjoys turn-based strategies, then be sure to grab this one as soon as possible. The people at Firaxis have successfully renewed an old franchise, laying the groundwork for more XCOM games (hopefully).
  • Pros: Single-player keeps you engaged for a long time, fun upgrade and class system, the devs set up a terrific ambiance with awesome art and overall top-notch visuals and audio;
  • Cons: Missions lack variety, as do the maps on offer in the single-player campaign, not that it's a big concern for a strategy, but the story and characters do need a bit more work.
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