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X-COM: UFO Defense - PlayStation

by Micro Prose
PlayStation
Kids to Adults
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)


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  • Turn-based alien invasion strategy game
  • Command high-tech military units
  • Build defense plans and put them into action
  • Six different alien races to fight
  • For one player

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  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00002SVBA
  • Item Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,432 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

X-COM: UFO Defense is a classic mix of strategic and tactical gaming. Players unite Earth's resources against waves of alien invaders.

The GeoScape aspect of the game offers long-range thinking as players hunt for UFOs and plan their building strategies. Bases, fighters, transports, and soldiers are all available for deployment. Research new tech, watch the budget, and make sure everyone on your side is happy.

After each stage is planned, the BattleScape mode kicks in and presents ground-level tactical warfare with realistic turn-based combat.

X-COM: UFO Defense features compelling gameplay, an engaging storyline, and more aliens than players will know what to do with.


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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best video games ever! February 15, 2003
By A Customer
I can and can't recommend this game. It takes hours of dedication, but once you really get into it you will surely dedicate thousands of hours of your life to it.
You fight about 6 different hostile alien races: the famous Zeta Reticuli race is here (called "Sectoids" in the game); there are reptilian aliens ("Snakemen"); creepy death look-alikes with awesome mental powers ("Ethereals"); and tough jock-types ("Mutons").
You have armored vehicles at your disposal (but--so do the aliens), and even though you start with puny Earth-weapons; as you shoot down, recover, and research alien technology your engineers will be able to build base facilities, aircraft, tanks, weapons, body armor, grenades, EXTREMELY high-explosive missile launchers--and even equipment for MIND CONTROL--based on alien technology.
At the end of each month, you're given a progress report. Nations decide if they should increase your funding, decrease it, leave it the same, or pull out of the alliance all together and try to strike a deal with the alien races.
The ground battles themselves are played in a chess-like state. However, you can only see the areas of the map your troops have explored. Everything else is shrouded black. During the computer's turn, the screen only shows the blinking words "Hidden Movement," unless a soldier spots an alien or is fired upon. The "board" is divided into (I think) 124x124 squares; each one square taking 4 "Time Units" to cross.
Each group of 25(?) squares is given it's own unique attributes such as barnhouses, hills, cropfields, etc., so you'll NEVER--I, in 6 years of playing, have not--come across the exact same map twice. The aliens are also positioned randomly through the map, so check your flanks!
The average soldier starts with 50 TU's.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Game Of All Time, Period. May 12, 2004
A few years ago PCGAMER made a list of the greatest PC games of all time and suprise, suprise guess what game topped the list? X-Com UFO Defense, and it well deserved it.
The game, even when played today still shows it's greatness. I've logged probably more then 1000 hours of gametime playing X-Com and it's many sequels over the years since it first released and the gameplay still amazes me.
If you love strategy games and for some reason haven't tried X-Com - find a copy of it. (The PC version is WAY easier to get a hold of then the PS1 version and is a better port of the game anyway) If you loved games like Final Fantasy Tactics, C&C, Warcraft or less recognizable classics such as Dune 2 and the more recent Disgaea Hour of Darkness then you owe it to yourself to see what you've been missing.
As with the details the other reviews do a great job so i'll just leave you with this - I've played just nearly every tactical combat/rpg ever made and X-Com is by far the best.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The reason I love turn based games... April 15, 2003
By "tspcr"
RTS games did not exist when X-COM was released (or least I have never heard of one from that era) and good stratagey games were even harder to find (I could be corrected by a MOOR fan). When it was released, X-COM became the reason I invested so much in video gamming. The computer AI was nothing special, but the other little touches like surprise fire from windows and "Fog of War" (to name only a few) overcame the AI's weakness and forced you think about who to put with who and where on every mission. Fire teams, fire teams, fire teams. If you want to live through a mission, deploy in fire teams of no less than two with mixed weapons and always have someone under good cover, ready replace fallen members. If you just can't get out of the 80's and 90's when it comes to video games, and you long for those old, great strategey games, then this one for you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Buy this game! You won't regret it.

I'm not a fan of strategy games. I've never been into Populous, Civilization, Command & Conquer, or anything resembling. However, I can't stop playing this game. Every year I pick it up and start playing it again.

You are at the helm of a multinationally funded UFO defense team. Your goal is simple, protect earth from the oncoming insurgency, and ultimately seek and destroy the source of the invasion. Aside from the strategic turn-based combat sequences, you will control all aspects of the administrative efforts. Sink your fingers into the purchasing of supplies, design of bases, hiring and firing of personel, the armament of your aircraft (for shooting down UFO's) and MOST IMPORTANTLY, which alien technologies to research and incorporate into your arsenal.

Combat sequences boast a fully destructible environment, a rarity in classic gaming! Need to get down to a lower floor? Blast a hole and drop down! If there's a tree blocking your view, turn it into kindling with a well placed shot then take aim at your newly exposed enemies. You can even level a hill if you have the firepower! The designers should be proud, they thought of everything.

If you try this game you will discover a new love.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beginning of the X-Com Series October 2, 2001
Everywhere you look people are enjoying taking out little green men with a pistol. Oh well. X-Com has been proven to provide great entertainment for this who enjoy being a MIB. Control bsaes and protect them from attack. Monitor the world and keep major cities safe from the scum of the universe. Control up to 12 soldiers in a turn-based combat mission where every move your people make my be their last. Research new and startling technologies in your biology and physics labs and put them to use in your manufacturing plants. Be careful that you don't spend too much time researching and not enough time in combat. The countries of the world are footing the bill for your little operation and should they fall under alien control kiss your much needed funding good-bye. Vast array of weapons, terrain maps, enemy aliens, vechiles and UFOs will keep you busy for a good 50 hours or more. If you liked this game then get the sequels for them made for your IBM PC.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game!
I was a fan of this game 20 years ago...it's great that you can still find copies of it today, even better that you can pop it into your PS3 and just play with no issues! Read more
Published 4 months ago by John Nemesh
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing oldie
I picked up this game as a kid not expecting much, little did I know i would spend countless hours trying to save the planet from aliens. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Greg Foster
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic game.
This old game is a classic. The ability to micromanage every little thing, from your resources, to your income, to the training of your troops, makes this a game that I could... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Neptune the 28th
5.0 out of 5 stars great game
x com is the best strategy game ever made if you have a ps1 and the cash get this game its well worth the price
Published on June 7, 2011 by michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Most played game by a 'hardcore' gamer
Xcom Ufo Defense is simply the best strategy game ever made. It is a classic. I just purchased this game for the third time in 10 years, and this one will never be loaned or given... Read more
Published on August 30, 2008 by Lucas Z. Dayton
5.0 out of 5 stars Rare Find - But WELL worth it!
i was first introduced to xcom 1996 it is too addictive. The graphics are not state-of-the-art... but I DARE YOU to find better gameplay and content! Read more
Published on March 24, 2008 by Isadore M. Hedman
5.0 out of 5 stars A collector's and a gamer's game!
I've been playing this game for months now. I was surprised at how much fun this game is. If you have a Playstation One, you have to get this game. Read more
Published on August 26, 2006 by Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best
I dont know what it would be like on the PS1 but on the computer it is considered one of the best games of all times and also a clear example of gameplay over graphics.
Published on January 3, 2005 by R. Jenkins
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Order
Great game in mint condition. This order came in ahead of schedule. Exactly what I wanted. Thanks and good luck with all your orders. Read more
Published on February 9, 2003 by Joel
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