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XCOM: Enemy Unknown [Special Edition] - PC

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Platform: PC
  • Global Threat: Lead your squad in fierce battles to defeat the alien threat, and rescue civilians in crowded cities and desolate outlands around the world.
  • Strategic Base of Operations: Build and expand your XCOM headquarters, recruit and develop unique soldiers to take into battle, and research alien technology to expand your weapons and capabilities.
  • Tactical Multiplayer: Mix and match aliens and soldiers and combine abilities to outsmart and overpower your opponent.
  • Requires internet connection and free Steam account to activate
  • Special Edition Features include a fold out poster of the XCOM base- An art book detailing the conceptual journey of re-imagining the classic, a patch of the XCOM Viglio/Confido insignia and digital bonus items including multi-monitor desktops, soundrack and more.

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Platform: PC
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B006WQR3OM
  • Item Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Release Date: October 9, 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (502 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,194 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

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Platform: PC

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Threatened by an unknown enemy, the Earth's governments unite to form a secret paramilitary organization, known as XCOM, to combat this extraterrestrial attack. As the commander of XCOM, you control the global defense team and its resources in a battle against the terrifying alien invasion.

XCOM
Re-imagining of X-COM
Re-imagining of X-COM
Worldwide Threat
Worldwide Threat
Control the fate of the human race
Control the fate of the human race

Synopsis

XCOM: Enemy Unknown is a re-imagining of X-COM, the classic strategy game from 1993, and developed by the award-winning creators of Civilization. You will control the fate of the human race by creating and managing a fully operational base, researching alien technologies, planning combat missions and controlling soldier movement in battle.



Key Features:

  • Worldwide Threat: Combat spans the globe as the XCOM team engages in more than 70 unique missions, interacting and negotiating with governments around the world
  • Strategic Base: Recruit, customize and grow unique soldiers and manage your personnel. Detect and intercept the alien threat as you build and expand your XCOM headquarters
  • Strategy Evolved: XCOM: Enemy Unknown couples tactical turn-based gameplay with incredible action sequences and on-the-ground combat
  • Tactical Combat: Direct soldier squads in turn-based ground battles and deploy air units such as the Interceptor and Skyranger
  • Instantly receive a new recruit to your barracks, inspired by the original XCOM: UFO DEFENSE. The khaki jumpsuit and flattop hairstyle return in full glory, modernized with the rest of the XCOM universe in the form of a Classic XCOM Soldier
  • Customize your soldier with several armor suit aesthetic upgrades, including the new Hyperion and Reaper soldier armor kits with the Soldier Deco Packs
  • Customize your squad's look with a variety of colors and tints for all the armor sets in the game with Complete Color Customization

Product Description

Threatened by an unknown enemy, the Earth's governments unite to form a secret paramilitary organization, known as XCOM, to combat this extraterrestrial attack. As the commander of XCOM, you control the global defense team and its resources in a battle against the terrifying alien invasion. XCOM: Enemy Unknown is a reimagining of X-COM, the classic strategy game from 1993, and developed by the award-winning creators of Civilization. You will control the fate of the human race by creating and managing a fully operational base, researching alien technologies, planning combat missions, and controlling soldier movement in battle.

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129 of 141 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's a fun game, but often frustrating October 17, 2012
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I pre-ordered this game on the strength of its demo, and I have not played the first game. So I'm approaching it from scratch. As a fan of strategy games, I like the idea a lot, and it's a fairly elegant combination of base management and tactical turn-based combat. Here's some pros and cons from my point of view:

Pro's:

- Customization: Of course lots of games have character creators these days to let you customize, but it's nice to scale that up to allow customization to every one of your soldiers. You can name your soldiers after your friends, celebrities, historical figures... whatever you want. Then you can do your best to make them look the part, probably not something everyone does, but I find I'm more attached to soldiers I've customized and thus more careful with them. (Though I still don't get why character creators have about 30 facial hair options without a single handle-bar mustache option, what gives?)

- Balance: Squad balance becomes very important as the game goes on. I generally end up with a sniper, a medic, a heavy and three assault troops. But playing with other configurations can be fun. My all sniper missions generally met with less success than my all drone missions, but there was fun to be had.

- Panic!!: This is the main strategic factor that helps you determine where to put your satellites, and which missions to do when there's a choice. I like this a lot, and really it's the only thing that gives the game replay value.
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132 of 148 people found the following review helpful
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
The X-Com series dates back to the early 90's -- I still remember the hours I spent on X-COM: UFO Defense... In fact, the game is considered by many to be one of the greatest (if not the greatest) strategy games ever developed. With the randomly generated maps -- concept of fog of war and line of sight -- getting shot at from nowhere -- permanent death -- and that fantastically good music that so fit the mood of the game, it's no wonder many still play it, almost 20 years after it was released.

There's been many efforts to remake/redo the game, with how far computers have come since then, but no big game companies decided to take it on, until now, and I do believe I'm in good company when I say that Firaxis really have a winner on their hands...

First the box -- this is the special edition version, so you get the artwork book and a nice insignia thing. I appreciated the artwork book, especially when they showed some of the original designs and the updated ones -- it's really amazing to see how far things have come from the early 90s, in terms of the capabilities of computers. Poster was nice too - but that's all just fluff to me. If you're downloading it, be prepared to wait: there's 2 DVDs in the box, so that's around 13-14 GBs of data. Well worth it.

There's already tons of reviews and videos out there about the gameplay, so I'll stick with some lesser known ones, for some pros and cons:

PROS:
- I really like the addition of new mission types -- the original only had terror, crashed UFOs, landed UFOs, and alien bases.
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73 of 82 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This will suck your life away October 10, 2012
Platform for Display:PC Download|Verified Purchase
Hello Commander, and welcome to XCOM: Enemy Unknown

This is a game I have been following very closely for months after I learned of its development. I have very fond memories of the original game which I had until now still pulled out and played every couple of years for old times sake.

So how is this newest iteration? In short, it's pretty good and a lot of fun. Easily the best turn-based game of the year.

Now, I'm going to write this review in comparison to the original game that any 'old time' gamer has likely played as it was massively popular during its prime. The biggest mistake people who have not followed the development of the game make is assuming this is just an HD remake of the original. It isn't. It's a re-imaging, which means they took the concept and made their own game around it. Same world, most of the same aliens, a lot of the same weapons, but implemented in a new way.

All of the old mission types are still in this game, with the exception of one which is base defense. In its place there are a few new mission types: Bomb Disposal, VIP Escort, and Abduction. The ending is also different, there is no Cydonia, but I won't spoil it for you.

Bomb Disposal you have 3 turns to reach the bomb and disarm it before it blows, but there are power nodes scattered on the map that each one you reach will give you an extra turn.

VIP Escort you either have to find the VIP, then bring them back to the Skyranger or you start at the VIP and must fight your way back. As the VIP moves across the field, new aliens will jump in and must be killed immediately or there is a good chance the VIP will die.

Abduction missions are a simple deathmatch (kill all aliens) but ...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Game, just be careful who you order from.
Unfortunately, I was sent the regular version of the game and not the "special edition" which was specifically ordered for the extras detailed in amazon's description.
Published 15 hours ago by Chip Chipperson
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the original game!
I grew up with the original Xcom game. It was complex and strategic and loads of fun. The new version is just as fun and better in many ways. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Robert
5.0 out of 5 stars The PC game itself is fine but not a Special Edition delivered as...
I have to agree with the poster below me, Das Spartan, I too was under the impression that it would be the Special Edition PC game being listed by Amazon which included extra's. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Ken
1.0 out of 5 stars This is NOT the special edition.
I ordered this on amazon because I wanted the special edition. However, after opening it, I found that it was just the regular version of the game and did not contain the special... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Das Spartan
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Take on the Old Game
There are very few games that have kept me up until dawn without noticing the hours pass by. The original game was one of them and this game is no exception. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Marfoo
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I played this title years ago, and when I played this version was fascinating.

I highly recommend it to all those people who played this game in the past.
Published 15 days ago by Henry De la Mano Malaver
4.0 out of 5 stars Great game but very buggy
Classic turn based strategy game. I loved xcom back in the day and its still good now if not a bit redundant after awhile. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Shawn
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive Fun
XCOM Enemy Unknown is an engaging strategy game that lets you pit your skills against a ruthless alien invasion. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Josh Gribble
4.0 out of 5 stars A good reboot, but can improve more.....
I really enjoyed this, but the lack of expanded basing, as in the original, and a bit too much "forced conformity" left me wistful for better customization and open ended... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Michael Sandler
1.0 out of 5 stars Just Thought You Should Know
Just purchased XCOM: Enemy Unknown [Special Edition] - PC. Maybe I'm naïve but I did not expect to have to sign up with Steam to play the game. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Daniel G.
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