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The Ultimate XCOM Experience
XCOM: Enemy Within is a standalone expansion to the 2012 Game of the Year award-winning strategy game XCOM: Enemy Unknown. XCOM: Enemy Within features the core experience of XCOM: Enemy Unknown plus even more content, including all-new soldiers and abilities, enemy threats, maps and missions, and multiplayer content providing a fresh new gameplay experience. Also included is the Elite Soldier Pack, plus the Slingshot and Second Wave add-on content.
Threatened by an unknown enemy, 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. You 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.
* Does not require the purchase of XCOM: Enemy Unknown
New Strategic Resource
A valuable new alien resource, known as Meld, has been discovered. Secure it on the battlefield and use it carefully back at base to unlock new research and upgrades.
New Enemy Threats
Adopt new tactics to counter the threats from two new alien types - the Mechtoid and the Seeker - and a deadly new organization known as EXALT.
New Soldier Class
Build the Cybernetics Lab to enable the construction of the new Mechanized Exoskeletal Cybersuit, or MEC. The new MEC Trooper class has specialized abilities and each suit can be upgraded with new weapons including the flamethrower and grenade launcher.
New Tactical Challenges and Maps
Cloak-and-dagger and intelligence operations provide new tactical challenges on over 40 new battlefields.
Construct the Genetics Lab to physically enhance your operatives’ abilities including augmentations to the chest, brain, eyes, skin, and legs.
New Multiplayer Maps, Units, and Abilities
Create your custom squad from a wider array of options and dominate your opponent in intense, one-on-one, turn-based matches.
A NEW CLASS, THE MEC TROOPER, THAT BOASTS A MECHANIZED EXOSKELETON CYBERSUIT WITH ENHANCEMENTS FROM GRENADE LAUNCHER S TOFLAMETHROWERS. TRADITIONAL CLASSES SUCH AS SNIPERS OR HEAVY TROOPERS WON'T BE LEFT FLAT-FOOTED. PLAYERS CAN CREATE GENETICS LABS TO
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That being said, this game is about you saving the Earth, as opposed to leaving it. It is a turn based tactical game. Yes there's guns, strategy and death! But it's not a shooter...just sexy chess. You are a faceless commander in charge the most badass warfighers in the world. And you can change them! Their appearance, their gear, THEIR NAMES AND LANGUAGE! Just not their gender...I don't think. There was an XCOM before this game, well two. But the relevant one is "Enemy Unknown", this one is the expansion of Enemy Unknown. If you bought this game thinking it was standalone, you're currently saying "well hey, it's totally worth it".
Yes, buy this game! Because what this game gives you what the other one didn't is the ability to turn XCOM into Deus Ex. You can genetically and cybernetically enhance your soldiers, and you better do this! That being said, there's more options to customize your game experience, new enemies, NEW EVERYTHING. Even if you own Enemy Unknown, you need Enemy Within.
Customize your soldiers' equipment, abilities, and even languages! Lots of combat options to tweak. The voice acting is great. The story lines are entertaining and kind of creepy. There are a few stand-out characters. Then, of course, there are the four "cheat" characters based on well-known gaming personalities (Sid Meier, for example). If you are a sci-fi geekazoid, you HAVE to try this game. It burns away the hours and leaves you smiling.
You can even torture yourself with impossible difficulty levels and game enhancing disabilities. It's a game that you can make as hard you wish it to be.
The aliens are unique and have their own powers--only some of which you can duplicate through research, interrogation, and autopsy. But you have to catch the critters first. The robotic servants of the aliens are pretty scary--one of which needs to be handled carefully, or it can destroy your entire squad in six moves.
Freaky aliens that create zombies screech into your face. Cyborg aliens fly into combat. Heavily armored reptoids make it feel like you are fighting tanks. Alien commanders and "ethereals" who can take control of your soldiers can extend game play quite a while..
It's all lots of fun, because you never know what lurks in the dark or around a corner. Plus, the aliens try to flank you and escape disadvantaged positions, so the outcome can change at the drop of a hat.
Also, when your soldier dies, he or she is dead. Bye bye forever, Sergeant Dirk Bobblebrain (Or whatever you rename him).
You can genetically enhance your soldiers, discover psychic powers, create cyborgs, and research alien tech to acquire better weaponry, vehicles, and armor. The possibilities are endless. You can make research more difficult, psychics rare, genetic enhancement and psychic powers non-compatible, and so on. Lots of cool options which make replay value REALLY HIGH.
Oh, and the music is impressive. It really sets the mood. Whether you are investigating a crash in a forest, invading a giant abductor vessel, trying to escape an alien-infested wharf--the music is scary and adrenaline-inducing.
So, go get some green blood on your boots, soldier! It's killing time!
BUY THIS GAME. On PC too, if you can. (There is a great mod on PC which allows you to field lots more soldiers and face incredibly diverse mixtures of aliens.)
How you play is really up to you. You can have a balanced team or go in with an squad of French-speaking African-American heavies and blow everything to pieces with your rockets. This is my go-to game - requires thinking, planning, strategy, patience but delivers excitement, action, excellent writing, graphics, great weapons, fun tech upgrades and loads of value! Buy, buy, buy! (They don't pay me to promote their game, I just love it that much)
If you played the original and you liked it, you will want, dare I say NEED this version, or all the upgrades for the original. This, being a stand-alone disc would be your best bet for a fully fantastic gaming experience.