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So good it moved me to write my first game review - game of the year!,
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This review is from: XCOM Enemy Unknown (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
This is a brilliant game. If you've liked Command and Conquer or Civ in the past, or even the combat in Final Fantasy you'll probably love this. A real rarity on the Xbox, takes me back to my old days of PC gaming (when I had a machine that could actually run half decent games). It's a fast paced mix of resource management and combat. The squad based combat is really exciting. Every time you survive (the very difficult)missions, your troops get upgraded and get new powers giving you a real sense of progression. You are constantly under pressure, trying to figure out what to build next. Should you upgrade you troops to help them survive the next mission or build more fighters to reduce the panic nations of the nations who fund you so the missions are fewer and easier? It's a tough call and I don't have the answer.
As someone recommended to me, it works best if you name your recruits after people you know, as it gives you a real sense of attachment and investment in their fate, but beware - a lot of people die in this game, it's really tough. You do get a small consolation when they do - a hall of fame for you deceased comrades, and get to listen to some rather stirring bag pipe music (if you can bare it) while their kills and achievements are listed.
It's all really very addictive. I've been up early just to play it, causing raised eyebrows from my girlfriend! That's something that doesn't happen a lot these days with work and all and shows just how great this game is.
It's got a a nice B-movie meets X-files atmosphere and some cool weapon effects but don't expect the latest graphics, it's not that kind of game. It's all about game play and playability. The thing that brings you back is the investment you have in your troops and the tension of fighting an unknown enemy, not knowing what monstrosity is going to attack you next. Be prepared to fight Greys, Thin men and Starship trooper type bugs, oh and some incredibly tough zombies once the civillian's get infected.
I recommend this to anyone who likes strategy and I have to say I rate it far higher and have played it far more than Dishonered which was released on the same day. It just has more depth and excitement too it.
If your like me and ummed and arred reading reviews before deciding, go ahead and get it, I promise you won't be dissapointed (providing you like a bit of tactical (turn-based) combat and strategy.