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Name: XCOM: Enemy Unknown
Release date: October 9, 2012
Platforms: PC, XBOX 360, PS3, iOS, Android
Genre: Turn-based Strategy, Tactical

Description

XCOM: Enemy Unknown is a turn-based tactics game developed by Firaxis Games. It is set in the near future, where mysterious aliens descend upon earth. The player is, of course, humanity's last hope of survival, leading a training and research facility and commanding teams of elite soldiers in battle.

The gameplay in missions is turn-based and tactical - players control individual soldiers, use their abilities, shoot enemies, and so on. They also have a task to complete - be it deletion of all enemies or rescuing captives. In the base, they can recruit new soldiers, develop new technologies, outfit your soldiers with new gear and armor, and launch missions where they often have to choose between several countries to save.

Recommendation

XCOM: Enemy Unknown was very well recieved, with reviews praising its art, graphics, tactical options and depth, as well as your squad's emergent stories and the stakes they brings with it. Some have criticized the very high difficulty of the game for some players, while many players enjoyed the challenge. The game also has many mods to choose from, all free on Steam.

Metacritics Rating: 89 (PC)
Our visitor's rating: N/A
Average playtime: 30-35 h

Our recommendation

We recommend it to anyone who enjoys difficult, yet deep and interesting tactical shooters.

Description

XCOM: Enemy Unknown is a turn-based tactics game developed by Firaxis Games. It is set in the near future, where mysterious aliens descend upon earth. The player is, of course, humanity's last hope of survival, leading a training and research facility and commanding teams of elite soldiers in battle.

The gameplay in missions is turn-based and tactical - players control individual soldiers, use their abilities, shoot enemies, and so on. They also have a task to complete - be it deletion of all enemies or rescuing captives. In the base, they can recruit new soldiers, develop new technologies, outfit your soldiers with new gear and armor, and launch missions where they often have to choose between several countries to save.

Recommendation

XCOM: Enemy Unknown was very well recieved, with reviews praising its art, graphics, tactical options and depth, as well as your squad's emergent stories and the stakes they brings with it. Some have criticized the very high difficulty of the game for some players, while many players enjoyed the challenge. The game also has many mods to choose from, all free on Steam.

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Note: We are only showing paid DLC at this time. Free DLCs will be added at a later date.

Major Expansions

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What does it add?

It is a big standalone expansion that retains the base game campaign but adds much more new content and variety, including new soldier types such as mechanized soldiers, new types of enemies, a new resource that can be used to create supersoldiers called Meld, and much more. Was very well received for the variety and fun it brings to the gameplay of the main campaign.

Buy this if:

  • You've played the base XCOM campaign and want a new, interesting take
  • You are buying it with the Complete Edition anyway

Key store price: 6.18 $
Traditional store price: 7.49 $
Metacritics Rating: 86
Release date: Nov 12, 2013
Trailer: YouTube

Mission & Outfit Packs

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What does it add?

It adds a new set of gear to outfit your characters in the main game.

Buy this if:

  • You are buying it with the Complete Edition anyway

Usual price: $
Release date: Oct 23, 2012

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What does it add?

Adds a set of new Council missions set in China and a new playable character to the game.

Buy this if:

  • You are buying it with the Complete Edition anyway
  • You have the base edition and want to have everything the game can offer

Usual price: 6.49 $
Release date: Dec 4, 2012
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Platforms: Classic store price: Key store price:
Standard Edition PC, X360, PS3 7.49 $ 5.60 $
Complete Edition PC, X360, PS3 9.00 $ 7.99 $

Edition Chart

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If you are buying on these stores, we have a few recommendations to follow:

  1. Just know there is a tiny risk. Either your purchase will fail and you will use your money, or that the key you recieved won't work. It has never happened to us or anyone we know, but it has certainly happened to a number of people on the internet. That is partly the nature of the business, partly un-consumer business practices of some of the stores. In 99.9 % of cases, the purchase will be ok, but sometimes it won't.
  2. If the price is not cheaper on key stores (it almost always is, though), then we recommend to buy from the traditional, established retailers.
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