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UFO: Extraterrestrials - Chaos Concept - PC

by Tri Synergy
Windows Vista / 2000
Everyone 10+
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews) 68 / 100

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  • Hire and allocate scientists to use them on various projects
  • Examine aliens to develop better weapons, armor, medikits, cannons and vehicles - even energy shields
  • Prepare and equip your team as they prepare to handle the various alien threats and incursions
  • Build hangars, medical sections, detection systems, labs, workshops and more
  • Control a squad of soldiers, light and heavy support combat vehicles, robots and air units

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  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000CSKJ2O
  • Item Weight: 6.1 ounces
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Release Date: May 14, 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,826 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

In UFO: Extraterrestrials and the Esperanza Imperative you'll have to combine global strategy, weapons and technology development, facility building, and small-squad tactics. The year is 2025 and an alien force has come to attack the newly colonized planet Esperanza. You'll control a squad of soldiers, robots, and support vehicles and fight back the invading menace. Use your strategic skills to avert an alien impact on Esperanza The story continues on the planet Earth, which has been subdued by alien forces Classic gameplay and visuals

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
By Kaymin
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Well, there's no doubt in my mind that this is a major XCOM clone. If you enjoyed the original you'll love this game. Although, I still think XCOM Apocalypse is better. Basically, the game is played on a map where you see continents and a UFO appears and you have to shoot it down. AFter it's shot down you send your ground units into kill/stun the aliens and capture equipment. And of course, there's loads of science to research and build. Half the fun is arming your units with the aliens weapons and killing them with it.

However regular gamers will definitely be turned off by how unpolished this game is. The resolution is set at a low level and cannot be adjusted by the menu. The graphics are barely any better than the original XCOM.

You can't control your aircrafts when you send them to intercept the UFOs. They'll basically just follow it and shoot or they'll just hover in the same place and shoot one another.

Also, your units can't die so there's not really a big loss that you feel when your unit gets blasted by a UFO. And recruitment is automatic which might be a turn off.

It's a clone to XCOM but it just lacks the soul that Microprose put in the games.

PROS:

XCOM Clone down to small details

Great assortment of weapons and research to do

Killing UFOS with their own weapons!

CONS:

Piss poor graphics especially in the main map

Difficulty level is all over the place. Sometimes the first UFO ground mission contains like 20 aliens sometimes 5.

Rather unpolished game and lacks heart

You can't kneel or allocate time for flash hits or aimed hits - they're automatic
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fails to Deliver March 31, 2008
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
First and foremost, this game fails to compare to the original X-Com series created by Microprose. Normally, I like to review a game as it stands without such comparisons, but the game box itself essentially claims to be an X-Com sequel. But it doesn't even come close.
All the great complexities of the game have been butchered. First, the "base" view is very simplified. You cannot hire new soldiers (They just appear over time), you have unlimited storage, and new bases that you build serve little purpose except for more hanger space and detection. Research and production only happen at the main base. Basically, I felt that the base view is far too simple and dumbed down.
The tactical combat itself is, at its core, not that bad. Still, it also suffers from being dumbed down somewhat, as your soldiers cannot die and the AI is bland and boring. When you shoot down a UFO, it appears in the tactical battle completely unharmed, with all the aliens clustered in and around it. Taking advantage of the surroundings would make the battles more interesting and challenging.
Further, there are occasional crashes that force you to replay battles or go even further back in time thanks to the disturbing lack of an auto-save feature, which makes a whole lot of sense for this type of game. This is just another example where the development team cut corners.
As is, the game isn't really worth playing, except perhaps for the nostalgia of the original. But there is one saving grace, and that's the modding community.
Thanks to various mods, the game can be changed to play more like the original, with various bugs fixed and poorly devised game elements changed. Even this sloppily created game has some potential thanks to the efforts of these modders!

Overall, I'd say this : Save your money. This game as shipped is below average at best. If you do buy it, go through the effort of installing mods...its worth it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OK as is, absolutely fantastic when modded. July 24, 2009
By Darren
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Out of the box, this game is a fairly enjoyable but imperfect X-Com clone with several improvements over the original, but almost as many flaws.

However, do a Google search and download and install the BMan/Coasty mod, (after installing the patch 2 from the UFO:ET official site), and it becomes an *ABSOLUTELY SUPERB* unofficial addition to the X-Com series. Using the BMan/Coasty mod, (I'm using 4.07 from memory which I believe at the time of writing is still the latest version), along with the recommended other downloads of the enhanced graphics and the true night fix, this game is the first worthy successor to the original X-Com.... no small feat, many have failed.

The whole game dynamic is change using the mod so that the progression of the game feels like the original X-Com, the research tree makes more sense, the missions play better, your soldiers can now die again, the UFO's can sustain damage upon crashing killing aliens on board like the original, at the start of the game the soldiers are better equiped and not useless, etc. etc. There are literally hundreds of quality improvements using the Bman/Coasty mod, that had the game actually been released with an adapted version of the mod built in, this game would have been an instant classic without doubt.

If you enjoyed the original X-Com/UFO games then do yourself a favor and buy this game ---- just make sure you get the official updates from the UFO:ET website, and the Bman mod too. You'll love it.

It's no exaggeration to say that this game along with the free Bman/Coasty mod is as close to a perfect modern X-Com as we will probably ever see. The modded game will provide quite literally months of gaming enjoyment.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars UFO extraterrestrial
Great game, brings the playing back from the original x-com series. Love the amount of research in the game. The only down fall are the graphics. They need alittle upgrading.
Published 12 months ago by ERIC
4.0 out of 5 stars A worthy X-COM clone once heavily modded
As others mention, 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... Read more
Published on January 16, 2011 by Mr. R. M. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive
For all X-Com fans this is a must! I played this game for hours and hours not getting anything done. It was wonderful. Read more
Published on February 24, 2009 by N. White
1.0 out of 5 stars Should have been free!!
This appears to be the classic case of grand ambition turned utter boredom. It is a clone of the original X-Com only so much less. Read more
Published on October 21, 2008 by Bahzon
4.0 out of 5 stars Original X-com Fan
After reading reviews on the game from various forums I decided to give the game a try. I never played this game in it's original content but rather installed mods immediately. Read more
Published on August 8, 2008 by Kevin Busby
4.0 out of 5 stars An addictive game on its own
A good replacement for X-Com: UFO Defense. It has changes that are good and some not so good. I wish that you could recruit soldiers, and maybe a cheat for more funds since you run... Read more
Published on July 4, 2008 by J. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars UFO 1993 returns with 2007 graphics
since ufo 1993 became obsolete, by computers becoming more and more powerful, it finally happened!! they re-made the game that was so popular to millions! Read more
Published on January 4, 2008 by Gordon K. Lemirande
5.0 out of 5 stars Well made, fun after mods
Great game for those that enjoy squad-based, turn-based strategy. For those who were a fan of the original X-Com or X-Com: Terror from the Deep, this game will feel very familiar,... Read more
Published on December 27, 2007 by Corey Amend
3.0 out of 5 stars it was ok, at least a remake of the best X-com game
pretty much almost like a story off what if you faild to save the earth in x-com UFO defance. it is in the futer and humens occupied a new planet. Read more
Published on December 20, 2007 by Charles M. Casterline
1.0 out of 5 stars Falls Short
Gameplay takes place on a made up planet for no real reason I could see.

Grafix are pretty bad.

You can kneel but there is no prone. Read more
Published on November 3, 2007 by Jason Necros
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