Excerpt: Long ago, when gamers wanted their computers to kick them in the balls with obscene difficulty they played X-Com , in which the Earth's "best" forces were thrown in small numbers against the threats of an elusive extra-terrestrial threat — whereupon they died horribly and were revived by the power of the 'quick load' key.
Summary: Firaxis is revisiting ' XCOM: Enemy Unknown ' with a drastically large expansion entitled 'Enemy Within.' 2012's riveting turn-based strategy title surprised everybody with its simultaneous devotion to past glory and progression of gameplay mechanics. And the expansion promises a new human enemy in the form of a shadow organization. It's not a wonder of whether the famed strategy developer can deliver again.
Conclusion: Enemy Within is how XCOM was meant to be played. It takes all the great things from the original and refurbishes them with all sorts of cool new additions to the gameplay. If you haven’t been introduced to the XCOM universe yet, this would be the right time to start.
Pros: An exceptionally well-polished add-on with terrific new missions, and numerous new features, enhances everything that was great about the original;
Cons: The story's still a bit weak. I really don't mind anything else, now will you let me play in peace.
Excerpt: The Good : New adversaries, new technologies and upgrades. The Bad : Many missions seem too highly scripted. The Ugly : Difficulty level very uneven over the course of a game. Without a doubt, the whole XCOM series embodies the love/hate relationship I have with video games. Games that are too easy often leave me without any feeling of a sense of accomplishment.
Excerpt: I’d like to start this off with this note: This review is written primarily for people familiar with XCOM: Enemy Unknown. If you’re interested in buying the Enemy Within expansion pack, I recommend playing Enemy Unknown until you’re comfortable with it, then buying Enemy Within. If you’re already comfortable with Enemy Unknown, buy Enemy Within. Enemy Within is a fantastic expansion, but it does add a lot of complexity.
Conclusion: XCOM: Enemy Within is a rare beast in the modern gaming world, a classic expansion that manages to improve the quality of the core game without disturbing the balance of the overall experience. The MELD and its use for mechs and gene improvements both make the tactics gameplay more interesting and more engaging and the increase in the number of maps means that there’s less grind towards the later stages of the campaign.
Pros: + MECs and gene augmentation, + New EXALT missions, + More maps
Cons: - Some balance issues, - Some difficulty spikes