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on 25 November 2012
Absolutely wonderful remake of the classic tactical game from the 90s. Kill aliens, research cool stuff, what's not to love.
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on 14 October 2012
I have been gaming for a long time (20+ years) and it's rare to find a game that takes over your world, whan i'm at home all I want to do is play it and when i'm away all i'm doing is couting down the time until I play it again. Yes folks XCOM Enemy Unknown really is that good!
Its a brutal game that never lets you get too confident, just when you think your winning and your squad is invincible you will go on a mission that rips the rug out from undernaeth your feet and leaves your invincible squad decimated (this happens alot and im only on normal diffuculty). One of the best parts of the game is how attached to your squad you become, when you lose one of your favourites it leaves you feeling emtpy as well as severly limits your options in battle.
On a minor negative the game has crashed a few times :( hopefully this is just a bug that the developer can iron out in the near future, but saying that when it does happen it reminds you that 12hrs have gone by and you really should eat/sleep.
In summery this is a beast of a game and anyone who likes a challenge should give it a go.
Im off to play XCOM Bye!
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on 13 October 2012
Ever since I played the original X-Com game in 1993 I was hooked with the amount of strategy and depth that the game had.
Now, almost 20 years later, this game arrives and there have been a huge amount of changes, some good and bad.
Whilst in alot of aspects it still remains faithful to the original, it doesnt quite reach the same atmosphere. However, the combat feels much more streamlined and alot of the micromanagement has been removed making it easier for console users and for people who dont want to spend all their time keeping track of all the stats.
This will of course annoy alot of diehard fans of the original, and I do sometimes miss some of the aspects such as building up new bases in different countries or sending out interceptor to do a manual search of alien bases, but I feel that now you can get straight into the action with out the needless selling of many many items that were available in the original and other small details. Now things are alot more visual and less frustrating (unless you want to try out the hardest difficulties).

All in all, I would highly recommend this game to anyone who has even a passing interest in turn based strategy and I'm so glad I bought it.

Things that have been removed: base defense. multiple bases. time units (now limited to 2 actions per turn). a lot of micromanagement.
Things that have improved: Squad promotions. indepth armor customisation. Combat. Graphics. Sound.

Graphics: 8
Sound: 9
Gameplay: 10
Length: 10
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on 30 September 2015
very good
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on 29 September 2015
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on 15 March 2015
Very good thanks
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on 8 May 2016
Very glitchy, played others and they are fine this one was not
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on 10 July 2014
On paper, this game must have looked terrible. In our rapidly advancing game-world of third and first person shooters and RPG's which place such a heavy emphasis on narrative strength and decision-sensitive progress, a defiantly low-concept, turn-based strategy game such as this could - and should - have sunk like... Well, like a low-concept, turn-based strategy game.
Instead, through some form of pixellated alchemy, XCOM is quite possibly one of the most ingeniously executed and ridiculously compulsive games that you are ever likely to play. Even the most casual gamer will begin to view things like food, work, family and friends as inconvenient interruptions to their true calling: to sit on their arse and repel the alien invaders from now until the day they die alone, poor and friendless with a serene smile on their wrinkled face and an impossibly worn controller in their arthritic hands.
It's exactly like somebody has thrown Worms, Red Alert, Starship Troopers, Chess and 400lbs of Blue Meth into a blender. And, just in case you missed the point of all of this hyperbolic jibberish, IT'S ****ING FANTASTIC!
You play the first mission with the generic team assigned to you and shrug. You might even say, 'meh.' It will be the last conscious thought that you have until about five minutes later when you realise that it isn't five minutes later at all and that you have spent the last six or seven hours lost in a deceptively sophisticated computer world launching strategic satellites, managing resources and desperately trying to keep your A-Team of hand-reared soldiers (who by this point mean more to you than your children) alive and well. You're on the edge of your seat cheering every shot that hits, cursing every one that misses and lapsing into catatonic despair when it hits home that not everybody is going to be coming home from this one.
I know that there is a real world out there. A world of vibrant cities and natural wonders. A world of Grand Canyons and Mayan Ruins. A world of coffee with friends and lunch with relatives. And I should probably get back to it... Some day.
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on 1 March 2013
I can't review the game as I won't be playing it yet after receiving the Asian release version, code BLAS-50353 rather than the EU version, which is BLES-01711. Although probably "Region Free", the DLC code won't work on the EU store, and any future DLC released on the EU store won't work with this version either! Only found out after trying to put the code in multiple times.

I'm not impressed as I expect to get the EU version when purchasing off Amazon; nowhere does it sat ANYTHING about getting an alternative version! So while I have heard the game is excellent I won't be playing it until I've got it elsewhere.

Very poor show indeed. If anyone else has trouble with their DLC codes, check the product code on the spine... remember, if it's BLES-01711 you're okay. If not, you've got a foreign version, and while it will most likely play, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO USE DLC FROM THE EUROPEAN PSN STORE!

This sale was handled by Gameline GmbH; I won't be purchasing anything from Amazon handled by them again in the future. VERY ROPEY.

Apologies to 2K and co. for the low rating but consider this a rating for the dodgy folk at Gameline GmbH.
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on 26 February 2013
To strategy fans, I can't sing the praises of this game enough. The battle system in XCOM is unique to my knowledge, and that kind of innovation should be saluted. Only Valkyria Chronicles did something similar, but XCOM beats it in every respect. The core of the game is built around leading a small squad of 4-6 commandos to victory over alien invaders in turn-based battles; out-positioning the enemy using battlefield terrain and catching them in crossfire is the key to victory. However despite the turn-based nature, the actions are so quick, the controls so intuitive and movement so well interwoven with sleek cut scenes, that it almost feels like playing an action game. Between each mission you have to build your base, develop technologies and persuade countries to fund your expeditions, giving the game a long term strategic challenge. The encounters are all random, so the game is different on every play through. The thing I really love is how brutal the game can be to your favourite characters. You can build a soldier up over 20 missions, rename them, customize them, love them (I even found myself thinking up back stories for some of them). Then one wrong move and 'bang' they have a hole in their head, never to stand again.

I have not experienced any of the bugs that other reviewers are complaining about. Presumably these have all now been fixed by updates. The plot is a little weak, but still adequate to maintain the mystery. The game does lack a little polish in some areas. For instance, there are a limited number of maps to fight over, so by your second play through some tactical situations start to look very familiar. Also, some enemies only appear on the map when you move into new areas, meaning there is a disincentive to scout ahead or try to flank enemies. However, none of these flaws are big enough to make me drop the game a star.

A great game. I look forward to many sequels to come!
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