Excerpt: It was actually difficult to categorize XCOM: Enemy Within. The game is essentially the same as the GiN GOTY Strategy title of 2013, XCOM: Enemy Unknown. However, depending on what platform you played that game on, you could either pick up Enemy Within as a downloaded update, or as a full new game on a physical disk. PC players, such as those who get their games on Steam, could simply download Enemy Within for about $29.
Review: XCOM: Enemy Within (PC/Sony PlayStation 3)
17 November 2013
Summary: XCOM: Enemy Within is a fantastic game from top to bottom. New missions, soldiers, maps, enemies, and options expand the game in a number of interesting ways. There’s more variety, more options for creating your squad, and simply a heck of a lot more content to work through. If an expansion is capable of winning game of the year, I’d say this one wins it hand down. If you’ve played EU (and you should), you’ll definitely want to play this.
Summary: XCOM: Enemy Unknown was one of my favorite games of 2012. As a fan of the original franchise back in the '90s, I felt like it did an excellent job of not only re-introducing the once-beloved franchise back into the fold for newcomers, but also providing veterans with a fulfilling strategy experience. Developer Firaxis is now revisiting the XCOM universe with Enemy Within , a new expansion pack set to augment the original game.
Excerpt: Enemy Unknown’s replay value wasn’t evident until you started playing Iron Man, a mode which would cruelly wipe you out and force you to start a new game because of it. Instead of resenting the difficulty, you’d secretly treasure the stories of these failures – latching on to the moment where your best soldier died, or the horror of being sadly informed that Asia was under alien control.
Excerpt: As head of an international organization tasked with the defense of earth against a full-scale alien invasion, XCOM requires you to put lives in grave danger with every move you make. Your organization must respond to threats around the globe, engage the enemy, and haul back their corpses and weaponry so that your research might gradually even the odds in the face of overwhelming technological superiority.
Conclusion: Enemy Within is an amazing expansion to a brilliant tactical game. It’s front-loaded with enticing new options that dramatically increase the replay value of the first half of the campaign, though the latter half is a bit neglected. More than ever, XCOM is a spectacular tactical game full of stories and characters you create for yourself, and is best enjoyed in Iron Man mode on Classic difficulty to enhance the emotional highs and lows of victory and permanent defeat.
Pros: Expanded research tree, Great tactical gameplay, Increased map variety, Encourages risky moves
Summary: Several hours into XCOM: Enemy Within, pumping bullets into extraterrestrials and sending aircraft to chase UFOs, I found myself thinking of Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen . Rest assured, there are no dragons here, but Firaxis' beloved tactical shooter follows much the same model as Capcom's role-playing game in offering what some may call an "ultimate" edition of 2012's turn-based strategy hit. In this latest jaunt, hours filled with the same cutscenes of Dr.
Pros: 40 new maps with diverse settings enrich the playing field, New EXALT faction makes metagame at base more challenging, New MECs and gene mods add "cool" factor without sacrificing difficulty, Meld collection adds urgency to standard missions
Cons: New Seeker enemies are little more than pinatas
Excerpt: Last year’s rebirth of the XCOM franchise with XCOM: Enemy Unknown was met with high praise. We even scored it a fantastic 9/10 . You should go check out that review, because there’s a lot of similar key points that both this expansion pack and the original game share. When it comes to expansion packs, Firaxis Games is no slouch in developing great additions to existing titles.
Conclusion: The Short Version: Enemy Within is an improvement on an already outstanding game. It takes familiar systems, builds on top of them and challenges us in new ways, once again wearing our fingernails down to the bone and frazzling our nerves by making us second-guess each and every decision we make on and off the battlefield.
Pros: Increased map variety, MELD presents new risk/reward decisions, MECs are awesome, Expanded research trees and engineering options, EXALT faction adds tension to the global conflict and panic-managing metagame, Shakes the tactical gameplay up with new enemy types and improved AI
Cons: How is the texture pop-in worse than before?!, Multiplayer still fairly sparse, We're going to have to talk about that ending