Rated 10 out of 10 by TehRickster The most terrifying experience of 2012
ignore the MW3 newbs and no lifes, Xcom Enemy unknown is one of the most terrifying experience`s of 2012. Firaxis has resurected one of the defining strategy games. it was the game that made RTS games. the game can get terrifying, literally, the game will make you feel like a bug fighting against a shoe. but with the right tactics, you can make it out alive. playing this game, i knew firaxis treated this with devotion to the original. there is no right or wrong in xcom, you just have to find the way to get through the hardships of the forked road you take. here it is in a summary: Gameplay: 10/10 Firaxis made sure this game was exciting for every gamer. except those mw3 newbs that i mentioned Graphics: 8.5/10 wont win any awards, but the presentation is gorgoues. Sound: 9/10 voice acting and tense music make the game even more terrifying. Writing:10/10 Its like Hideo Kojima wrote it. Overall:10/10 every gamer has to play this game. do that as a favor for you, and for all of us.
Rated 9 out of 10 by Hellfiya Excellent Game
It has been a long time since a decent turn-based tactical game that was developed by a big name studio hit the market....actually, when was the last time that actually happened? I'm not gonna say the game is groundbreaking, Firaxis has been into turn based games for a long time so you have to remember that playing a tactical turn based feels quite similar to strategy turn based. In any case, this game kept me occupied for three days straight, and I gotta tell you, I loved every minute of it. They keep ramping up the challenge factor of each level and making it interesting for you to keep developing new weapons (which rock btw). There isn't much in the way of character development, which is OK for me because sometimes you gotta let an imaginary video game character die for the cause. There are a few glitches here and there, but they don't often detract from the game. Overall I say buy this game, shoot down some aliens and then shoot them in the face with a shotgun!
Rated 0 out of 10 by aco612 Looks goofy but impressive
If you don't remember (or never played) the original XCOM games, this game probably doesn't appear too exciting. Sample videos of gameplay don't look as realistic as I had hoped they would, and there is a somewhat cartoonish quality to the animations. BUT the gameplay is just the same as I know and love. The aliens are identical (although buffed up), the strategies are the same, and the situations are classic ones (terror missions, civilian kidnapping, etc.). It appears extra "perks" have been incorporated into the game, and the 3D transition, although goofy looking, actually translates pretty well and retains some of the historical authenticity of the old games. Destructible environments - just like of old - give you lots of options in hunting and killing aliens. But even with all this, I wonder if the time for this kind of game has already passed; can this game capture a new audience that may not be used to this type of real-time strategy? Where will multiplayer fit in? I hope it can ... at the least so I am not the only one playing it!
Rated 10 out of 10 by DJwasHere66 You Will Know Pain.
Captain Leroy Jenkins. He was taken out by a Thin Man. A Thin Man for crying out loud. He may have fallen, but because of his brave sacrifice the squad could complete it's objective of murder all of the things. This is Xcom. It's the heart behind the game. Getting attached to your soldiers as you prance them around Plasma Fire and Cyberdiscs. You could always send out a Shiv, but you can personally name those. The gameplay itself rewarding. You are the Commander of a secret army that is defending the world against an alien invasion. You have battle and then you have the base. Both are well done and fun to play. Both can get intense. India needs a new satellite or they are gone from the Council bringing their money and support with them. You also need new weapons for your soldiers because Beserkers are NO JOKE. Also we need to replace Jenkins. I do wish that every soldier didn't sound the same and that my sniper didn't miss 2 shots at 94% with Double Tap, but hey, that's XCOM baby. Fluid from start to finish, you will learn to love this game as I have.
Rated 10 out of 10 by rwbyfan224 Your gonna die a lot so be ready
Great game for the real time strategy fans like me the game has online multiplayer verses and systemlink creating your own squad to battle your friends with and a cool campaign building base research and train system i would recommend 10/10 just an amazing game
Rated 9 out of 10 by aco612 Absolutely engrossing
Having played the previous PC incarnations of XCOM for several years, I worried if this console approach would be "dumbed down" or would shear the uniqueness and depth from the game; XCOM Enemy Unknown, however, excels at bringing the old game into fresh new territory and reviving it for a newer generation. It is, simply, the best strategy game for console ever produced. The simplified gameplay makes it much friendlier to operate, and the cutscenes - although not as sharp as most AAA titles - fill in important information in a non-technical way. The controllers are mapped in somewhat awkward ways, but with repeated play the controls become second nature. Being able to deeply personalize your soldiers makes them truly memorable and helps develop attachment to both them and their skills (if you don't like permadeath you best save early and often!) like no other game. The depth the game offers is far and away more than any mere FPS does, and replayability is endless. If you are on the fence about XCOM, don't be. Buy it and discover how much fun using your brain can be.
Rated 9 out of 10 by OhHaiCarlo Well worth your time and money
This game is meant for people who enjoy playing Strategy games. I'm new to the XCOM franchise but in this installation, every decision you make in XCOM:EU matters to your soldiers and to the future of the world. It is a bit confusing at first but after a couple of hours of gameplay, you start to pick up on what things you should be doing, ie. buying satellites, researching armor/weapons, etc. The game even offers an Ironman mode which allows the game to save after every critical decision. This makes it a lot more challenging and surprisingly more enjoyable. If you are still reading this and are still hesitant in getting this game, be sure to give it a try, as odds are you most likely will enjoy it just as much as I have! P.S. If you want to value the lives of your soldiers even more, name them after your friends and family!
Rated 10 out of 10 by Tofu2013 A Remake Nearly As Good As The Original!
1994's X-Com UFO: Enemy Unknown is often regarded by most strategy fans as one of the best, if not the absolute best, strategy games of all-time! So of course I was skeptical about a remake. After all, many modern remakes end up being terrible. Thankfully this is not the case with Xcom: Enemy Unkown, the graphics are updated, and the UI is streamlined but it's still the same underlying incredibly satisfying turn-based strategy game of old. There are a few "bugs" and oddities hear & there, but it's like complaining about The Walking Dead TV show, even though you can make complaints it, it's still one of the absolute best of its genre. The graphics in Xcom are wonderful, but pretty far from the best looking games of this generation. Same with the sounds, very good, but still not close to the best. However, the gameplay & strategic element is second to none. Since so much of the game is random events, the replayability is huge! I've also played this on the PC & Xbox 360. I'm pleasantly surprised to say that the console version is equally as good as the PC version, which is something I never thought I'd say about a strategy game on a console. Big Kudos to Firaxis!
Rated 5 out of 10 by CAP198462 keep for occasional use
XCOM started as a franchise in the mid nineties, and has since acquired a devoted fan base and enough nostalgia to flood a small town. Nostalgia is the main problem with XCOM reviews, players either love to see the franchise resurrected or they're disgusted that the game is not a re-release of the original game. Having never played the original I'm not bothered about nostalgia. So XCOM: Enemy Unknown, how is is? Well, it's a turn based strategy game that uses the same tricks other games in the genre have used to make them feel less like chess and more like their RTS cousins. XCOM doles out upgrades and enhancements slowly. Maps begin to seem less like battlefields and more like strategic puzzles as experience teaches players how to command their squad. As with all turn based games there is the occasional frustration when the random number generator turns against the player and every shot misses. To be fair XCOM is not a bad game, it compares pretty well to Tom Clancy's Endwar. Sadly though, or maybe not, it occupies the same niche as that game, good to have around, but you needn't play it regularly. If money is a factor, get Endwar and save money instead of purchasing XCOM.
Rated 9 out of 10 by Alecyo12 Addicting and fun
I’m not a huge fan of tactical 3rd person shooters, but after hearing such good things about it I bought it, and boy am I glad I did the game play is fun and addicting and instead of just controlling an army you command a whole base at an ant farm view. You send satellites to other countries you use research to do alien autopsies and make new weapons and gear. Engineering makes new areas like a work shop or an alien containment centers. The barracks which is where you train your troops and you can name and customize each member however you want. It’s a fantastic game that should not be missed, even though it has been out for about 6 months this game is not getting old any time soon.