XCOM: Enemy Unknown Special Edition - PC (Includes: Game, DLC, Artbook, Poster & Soundtrack)

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  • 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.
  • 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 | Edition: Special

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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: 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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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

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Platform:PC  |  Edition:Special
ASIN B006WQR3OM
Release date October 9, 2012
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By Quentin Gerlach on October 9, 2012
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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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The good: They've brought back the xcom series. A fresh look at the turn based combat genre, and I enjoyed it very much. IT definitely brought back memories of the old xcom games I installed via floppy disk lol. If you're a fan, consider this a must-have. The nostalgia alone is worth it plus the game itself is pretty enjoyable.

The bad: Too short - the game was very, very short if you go straight through the research tree. If you stall, you can fight crashed ships endlessly, but that gets boring... leading me to my next point: Repetition. Seriously now, updating this series was a chance to lose the "play the same 4 maps no matter what country you're fighting in" thing. Don't get me wrong - i loved the old games, but bringing the series into a modern gamer's market - you HAVE to step it up a little. Also - no base defense, no kneeling, nearly every weapon "explodes into fragments" unless you stun the alien (which is ridiculously hard in the early part of the games, and salvaging weapons are completely unnecessary in the latter parts. The weapons tree is less useful than in the original games, and the list goes on and on with *small* things that could have, and should have been done better to expect this series to compete in the market (and all of these things would still let the game stay true to the spirit of the original ones)

My biggest gripe: only 1 base/ 1 squad response. Come on - no more establishing bases around the planet for multiple ops, faster response, and more/better ways to up the variability of the game? No more multiple squads running multiple planes, to get multiple targets/ crash sites?
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I've been going back and forth on this game. It's a hard game to review. Like most other reviewers on here, I played and loved the original X-com. I was pretty hesitant about the remake but eventually gave it a shot. If you're new to the genre or can let go of some of your nostalgia, you'll probably enjoy it. It's a good turn-based strategy which is rare these days.

The one word that kept coming to my mind though was "control" which I'll get to momentarily.

**- What's great -**

- It's a solid turn-based strategy game with a base/resource management layer that combines for a lot of fun.
- Fairly quick missions that make shorter burst of play feel worthwhile.
- Streamlined and easy to pick up if you're new the genre.
- You'll grow attached to your high ranked troops, relishing their victories and sitting in terror when they walk into an alien ambush.
- Tough decisions. Especially when playing Classic/Ironman (which I recommend as soon as you get a solid feel for the game). Which abduction site will you choose... will you risk sacrificing a soldier for a live alien capture, what will you research/build... ect. Every decision can have a dramatic impact on the rest of your game.

**- What's improved from the original -**

- Faster, easier game play. No more spending time in a poor inventory management screen trying to make sure your troops have enough ammo and equipment.
- Graphics... obviously.
- Mission types. So far I've enjoyed the variety of the new mission types such as bomb disposal and escort missions.
- Ironman mode. Which auto-saves for you and does not ever let you load a previous save, meaning if you lose your best sniper, you've lost him for good. No re-do's.
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