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X-COM: Apocalypse

Platform : Windows 95, DOS
Rated: Unknown
4.1 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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  • New real time tactical combat options
  • More realistic movement of the soldiers
  • Choice of real time or turn based squad combat
  • Combat in the Cityscape is real time
  • Beautiful SVGA graphics
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  • Platform:   Windows 95, DOS
  • PEGI Rating: Unknown
  • Media: Video Game
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  • ASIN: B00004UBQL
  • Release Date: 21 July 2000
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,417 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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X-COM: Apocalypse! The third game in the award-winning X-COM series, X-COM: Apocalypse provides the addicting experience that you have come to expect from X-COM games.

The eerie aliens will haunt you in your dreams. The action and suspense of tactical squad combat will keep you up all night. And the strategy gameplay will challenge your mind as much as any other strategy game. Are you up to the challenge?

Turn-based or real-time tactical squad combat. Deep strategy gameplay. Realistic combat maneuvers and artificial intelligence. Superb SVGA graphics. Everything you've wanted an X-COM game to be!


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Although I never played either of the original X-Com games, I got X-Com Apocalypse as a present, and found it to be the best strategy game I have ever played. It is set 80 years in the future, where the third alien war is being waged on Earth. You must repel the alien invaders by stopping them from infiltrating Earth organisations, and then stop the attacks completely by researching technology to take the fight to the Alien Dimension. Once you have mastered the interface (which admittedly does take some getting used to) you realise just how intuitive it is - any of the game's sub-menus can be opened with a maximum of 3 clicks.
Because I got the budget version of the game, it only came with an electronic manual, so I didn't bother reading it. I strongly advise that you do this, as X-Com is a complicated game. Despite this, it quickly draws you in. The game's structure gives it two elements, the first is real-time 'cityscape' management (where you manage day to day operations eg building new facilities, equipping agents and vehicles, diplomatic relations with other organisations etc), as well as fending off UFO attacks with your military vehicles. The second is the tactical missions, which is typical squad-based combat. You can do this in real-time or turn based - I imagine that X-Com veterans would feel more comfortable with turn based, but I preferred real-time because I think it gives more emphasis on quick but good decisions.
The two aspects of the game is one of its strong points - both are executed very well. Although most of the game is spent on the cityscape, preparing for the next mission or the long term, the tactical missions (and UFO attacks) are frequent enough to keep you interested, but not too close together as this would wear out your resources.
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X-Com Apocalypse was made by the same guys who made the original X-Com game. As such, it has the things you`d want - a huge research tree, a constantly challenging opposing force, aliens putting the hurt on innocents, alien craft assaults, interceptions, resource management (base, squaddies, weapons etc).
The graphics are a little unusal, with a retro 50`s style. But frankly, who cares? This game sucks you in for weeks on end, battling on against the alien horde, as they mock you with your hard earned and researched alien reverse-engineered weaponry - by bringing out even bigger guns against you! The aliens themselves are a varied bunch, flying, crawling and kamikazy`ing towards you. Note there are two game modes, and before every battle you get to choose to use realtime or turn based. Each option has ups and downs and different tactical challenges. Personally i love the real-time for its speed and instant results, but many enjoy keeping it old school with the turn based mode. Sheesh, at least you get to choose!
Not without flaws, but for sheer playability, one of my top 5 games ever. Like all games of this type there is a learning curve, but if you were into X-Com 1 or 2 - I seriously am convinced you WILL enjoy this.
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Probably the best game I ever played. Period.
It has everything... Most important of all, FEELING. Something now games lack almost completely. You should try it and you will know what I'm talking about. There is no point in explaining... just try it.
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This is one of those games that you either love or hate. At first, it did take me a while to get used to the new interface etc etc. But once I had, I found it to be the best and most interesting of all the X-Com titles. Real time mode is a great option, and well worth trying out. The graphics aren't the best in the world and the people do look blocky in the equipment screen. If you have played the other three X-Com, I stongly suggest you give this one a chance!
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