Many years ago I had a friend (well we are still friends; but he was my friend then too) who loved XCOM. I would sit and watch him play it, but damned if I wanted any part of it. It looked hard. It looked punishing and I didn’t really understand the appeal. Shame on me for not getting it then. I think I really missed out but now I finally may have a chance to make that up with the franchise reboot. Enter XCOM: Enemy Unknown from Firaxis.
While this is also in my “To Be Played” list, so many gaming outlets have been talking about this game since it’s launch that I almost feel versed enough to write my own review. Since I have small bits of integrity, I will not do that. I will however point you in the direction of some folks who have played it and loved it. It appears to have many of the things I now crave in a game in terms of replayability, a reasonable touch of the random and good dose of challenge that can be taken to the extreme in an IronMan Classic mode to relive the glory days of the original XCOM franchise. Well that is enough exposition from me on things I am not directly familiar with, lets hear it from the pros:
Ryan Davis at GiantBomb is now in permanent Overwatch mode (5/5): “ Though the action’s all turn-based, this is a pressure-cooker of a game, where resources are constantly stretched thin, you’re hopelessly outmatched by invading alien forces, and every choice is a tough one, with hard consequences to follow.”
Richard Mitchell at Joystiq is protecting us from the Mutons (4.5/5): “The fact remains that XCOM: Enemy Unknown is an exemplary turn-based strategy game. Firaxis has deftly blended management, tactics and the sort of gut-level, throaty encounters usually reserved for fast-paced action games.”
Kevin VanOrd at Gamespot is watching the Thin Men (8.5/10): “In XCOM: Enemy Unknown, victory is sweet--but it's so much sweeter when it arrives after a heart-wrenching standoff. With each turn, the newest entry in this beloved strategy series heightens the sense of tension, and each defeat of a hovering alien craft thus becomes cause for celebration.”