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UFO Extra terrestials

Platform : Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows XP
3.7 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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  • Platform:   Windows 2000 / Vista / XP
  • BBFC Rating: Suitable for 15 years and over Suitable for 15 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 15. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 15 years of age or over.
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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A True Turn Based Strategy Game with Strong RPG Elements. The year is now 2025 and on the newly colonized planet Esperanza our devices have not just been approached by alien machines but attacked. Control a squad of soldiers, light and heavy support combat vehicles, robots and air units located on the planet Esperanza that had been colonized by the spaceship Magalhaes in the year 2023. This squad was brought together by the Esperanza government to face a threat that comes from deep space. Advert the alien impact on Esperanza, and head to the planet Earth and free it from the Aliens. Forces that are now controlling it. Combine global strategy with small squad based tactical combat against an alien invasion. Repelling the alien invasion requires taking full advantage of the terrain and his vironments.

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This is basically a carbon copy of the old x-com game on PS1 with slightly updated graphics. Turn based rather than real time some would consider this a step back compared to the newer UFO series of games where both the aliens and yourself move together, but others like me may prefer not having your game constantly interupted by your squad shouting "Can't do that sir!", "Can't move there sir!" and "No line of fire sir!" every 30 seconds.

The basic premise is old hat. Aliens have invaded your planet (not Earth in this game) and it's up to you to fight them off by any means necessary. You start off with a bunch of rookies with very basic weaponry and the idea is to shoot down UFO's that come raiding, search the crash sight, take out any remaining aliens and steal then research their technology providing yourself with more and more powerful weapons and armour. Your squad also earns experience based on what they accomplished during the mission (Shooting and killing aliens and accomplishing set tasks). This can then be used to improve your soldiers stats (Shooting, bravery, reactions, throwing, health etc...)

You are funded by the various countries around the globe but your funding is reviewed every game year. Depending on how you've done defending against the alien invasion the various nations will either raise their funding or drop it but beware, too many ships landing in a country without your resistance will eventually be taken over by the aliens, stop funding your mission at all and now be a base for alien operations!

I'm not going to keep going on about it as this reviews getting too long already. Needless to say most people are aware of the original X-Com game so will have a pretty good idea what this games about anyway.
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I played the original X-Com and I can tell you now, this game is a shadow of it, literally. It basically copies the original, but doesn`t improve on anything. Some of the great stuff you could do in Xcom,you can`t do in this. The problem with this game is the love of Xcom isn`t there. One example of this: Your soldiers can`t die,they just fall unconscous- a major error. Anyone who knows anything about good squad gaming where you direct a squad is that the CHALLENGE of keeping your best troops alive is what makes survival strategy games like these. If you know no one can die, then there`s no real challenge and no real point. They should have made it optional for those who can`t handle their people dying. There are Mods, but even with the mods I am left still feeling I`m playing a shell of a game compared to similar others or Xcom.

But there`s much more: animations are,imho,worse than the original. Sounds are basic. blah,blah,bleh.

Really,go for one of the other Xcom games or UFO series.
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One of the first titles I bought after purchasing my Commodore Amiga all those years ago was UFO- Enemy Unknown, a turn based strategy game that saw you taking control of XCom Command in the fight against alien invaders, by research, base building, and tactical battles fought in various locations around the globe. Finally, once you had amassed enough technology to take the fight to them, you ventured to Mars to take on the main bad guy. This was followed by a similar title, XCom- Terror From the Deep, which took a side story based on all the ships that had crashed into the earths waters. Both titles were simple in their construct, but were so addictive that I bought them on every gaming platform that I eventually came to own, including the PC. Whilst people were drooling over the Command and Conquer titles, I was still quite happy with my tactical turn based title. The joy that I felt on the release of XCom- Apocalypse was just immense and my hours of game play continued happily until such a time that those games just would not play on PCs anymore.

There have been a few attempts since to try and replicate the games, most notably the Cenega titles of which, although good titles in their own right, they didnt quite get the mix of research, manufacture and tactical play nailed down. Also, lets not go into how annoying those voice overs are. There was something unfinished about the titles and not enough to keep me interested, although the 3rd title UFO- AL did a good job- just not quite right.

So, along comes UFO- ET and my interest is piqued to the point of purchasing. As I waited with baited breath for the installation bar to fill I try to find out as much as I can on the game.
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The vanilla game represented a decent attempt at a clone of the much-loved original, albiet with some bizarre bugs/omissions which had a negative impact on the nostalgia factor. However, modders have been working almost tirelessly since release to build up on the game, to the point where as of writing it now plays like an enhanced modern remake of the original. Therefore, I would recommend you buy this game, but if you are looking for an X-COM remake in 2011, then I would also recommend you mod it.

review: 4 stars for good effort on original, 5 stars if modded.


More detail on the mods, update for 2011 for new players:

You can purchase either this version or the GOLD version which is available, and mod them to exactly the same final position. The GOLD version is an official release which incorporates the modding work of bman and Coasty, but strips some elements from the game for licensing reasons. This version is the original older release, but the current mods work the same way with either.

After bman/Coasty's work got the official release in the GOLD version, another user Grayfiend took up the job of building the mod, and it is his 'UNIMOD' which the majority of users now play with. You can find this mod very easily by searching the internet.

For total newcomers to X-COM, the original is still a great place to start. You'll need to run it through a free program called DOSBox. However, equally I'd recommend purchasing UFO:ET for a modern experience. It might be best to start only installing bman/Crafty's mod (you can find this by searching) since it is more simplified. If you purchase this version, mod it using bman/Crafty's 4.07 mod.
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