The best PC games ever Best PC games of 2018 Best graphics card 2019 Best free games 100 Apex Legends tips Fortnite Season 9 challenges

X-COM: UFO Defense

5 months ago

Feature: Horny on the Spanish main

Modder Superior: a swabbie’s guide to X-Com conversion mod X-PirateZ

Sin Vega first introduced me to X-PirateZ three years ago, already a sprawling X-Com: UFO Defense mod by "Dioxine" about leading a crew of sexy lady air-pirates in a post-apocalyptic world. She called it "The greatest total conversion ever made" at the time, but I wasn't so convinced. Massive as it was, I felt it was still skeletal and confusing, requiring much trial and error and…

Tagged with , , , , .

2 years ago

Feature: The Loose Canon

Best PC games of all time

There are more wonderful games being released on PC each month than ever before. In such a time of plenty, it's important that you spend your time as wisely as possible. Thankfully, we're here to help. What follows are our picks for the best PC games ever made.

Tagged with , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , .

3 years ago

Feature: X-COM Meets The Mist

Phoenix Point: Every Detail Of The X-COM Creator’s Return To The Genre

One of the most exciting games in Los Angeles this week won’t be featured at press conferences or on the showfloor. Phoenix Point [official site] is the new tactical-strategy hybrid from Julian Gollop, the creator of the original X-COM, and we met yesterday to discuss its procedurally generated alien threats, simulated human factions and much more. Here’s the world’s first in-depth look at the game.

Tagged with , , , , , , , , , , .

Feature: The greatest total conversion ever made

You Wouldn’t Steal A Skyranger: X-Piratez Is An Outstanding Total Conversion Of UFO/X-COM

In my intro to Silent Storm, I mentioned both modding scenes and UFO (used to distinguish the 1994 original X-COM from the 2012 Firaxis one, and not only out of increasingly sad Eurocentric obstinance) without tying the two together. That, it turns out, was stupid, because X-Piratez, a UFO mod in active development by Dioxine, is the best total conversion for any game I've ever…

Tagged with , , , , , , , , , , , .

Feature: neXtCOM

What Should XCOM 2’s First Expansion Be?

I visited Firaxis in 2014 to see Civilization: Beyond Earth and it was impossible not to wonder which closed doors were hiding the XCOM 2 [official site] team. The game hadn't been announced but surely somebody was working on a sequel. Would it follow the path of the original games and take to the Lovecraftian depths? Would it reach toward the stars and a battle…

Tagged with , , , , , , , , , , .

4 years ago

Feature: My heroes

Raised By Screens, Chapter 15 – UFO: Enemy Unknown (2)

Raised By Screens is probably the closest I’ll ever get to a memoir – glancing back at the games I played as a child in the order in which I remember playing them, and focusing on how I remember them rather than what they truly were. There will be errors and there will be interpretations that are simply wrong, because that’s how memory works. As…

Tagged with , , , , , .

Feature: Enemy mine

Raised By Screens, Chapter 14 – UFO: Enemy Unknown (1)

Raised By Screens is probably the closest I’ll ever get to a memoir – glancing back at the games I played as a child in the order in which I remember playing them, and focusing on how I remember them rather than what they truly were. There will be errors and there will be interpretations that are simply wrong, because that’s how memory works. Here…

Tagged with , , , , , .

5 years ago

Feature: "Turn-based strategy games can actually be successful and popular"

Whatever Happened To X-COM’s Julian Gollop?

Well, he eventually rebooted and remade war of wizards Spectrum classic Chaos Reborn, which I've had a lot of fun with over the last few days, and which took to Steam Early Access yesterday. You can read more about that here. But what happened to the co-creator of X-COM, Laser Squad, Magic and Mayhem, Rebelstar and more over the last ten years or so? While…

Tagged with , , , , , , , .

Feature: Xcomeback

Interview: X-COM’s Julian Gollop On Remaking Chaos

After some time out of sight, X-COM creator Julian Gollop returned earlier this year, with a successful Kickstarter for a remake of/spiritual sequel to his beloved Spectrum strategy game, Chaos. (That being the one where wizards battle each other to death, with the help of various summoned beasties). An early, multiplayer-only version of Chaos Reborn takes to Steam Early Access today, so ahead of that…

Tagged with , , , , , .

Feature: Mars, Ragtime, Brothers and Hats

These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things (In PC Games)

Some moments in some games stay with you. The right event, the right surprise or the right hats at the right time, and it's imprinted on your memory forever. I've been playing PC games for almost 25 years: I've got a million of these, and so have you. I'll show you just a few of mine if you show me yours.

Tagged with , , , , , .

Feature: After the Apocalypse

Gollop Returns: X-COM Creator’s Chaos Reborn, Played

Chaos Reborn is the next game from Julian Gollop, lead creator of the original X-COM: UFO Defense - the greatest videogame of all time. This is a remake of and sequel to Gollop's earlier, magical duelling game Chaos: The Battle of Wizards. It It takes to Kickstarter today, but unlike other nostalgia-led projects, it's been in active development for some time already. I played a…

Tagged with , , , , .

6 years ago

The Long-Lost Bunnies Of X-COM

I need to set aside a couple of hours to have a thorough read of Julian Gollop's ongoing design plans for his Chaos remake - he's sharing a remarkable amount on his Gollop Games blog. Today though, I take the easy route - monkey see previously unrevealed concept art for the original X-COM/UFO, monkey must post about it. Because said concept art features, as well…

Tagged with , , , .

7 years ago

Feature: On accents, bases, guns and surprises

Firaxis’ Jake Solomon Post-Mortems XCOM: Part One

With Firaxis' de-hyphenated, largely very well-received remake of the legendary, incomparable, enormous-haircutted X-COM now out there saving the Earth from the worst scum of the universe for several months, now seems the time to sit down with its enthusiastic main man Jake Solomon. What went right, what went wrong and what comes next? As per recent tradition, we had a very long chat. Covered in…

Tagged with , , , , , , .

Feature: 50 Shades of Greys

Wot I Read – X-COM UFO Defense, A Novel

Somehow, I wasn't aware that there was an official novelisation of 1993 strategy/everything game X-COM until just last month. Given my decades-long fixation with X-COM, this was rather like discovering that there was a book about my mum that had passed me by completely. Diane Duane's slim text X-COM: UFO Defense - A Novel, published in 1996 by game guide firm Prima, has long been…

Tagged with , , , , .

Firaxis’ XCOM’s Apocalypse

I'm only just curling myself out of the tiny ball of rage I'd become due to missing out on getting to play Firaxis' X-COM reboot the other week. Instead, we sent Adam. Adam! He's famous for saying stuff like "aliens are for losers" and "turn-based combat is a dusty relic of a bygone age" and "I wouldn't be caught dead in a Skyranger", then he…

Tagged with , , , .

Help, Help, I’m Being Suppressed: XCOM

With their Guile haircuts and their baggy jumpsuits, the original members of X-COM couldn't suppress an alien if their lives depended on it and, boy, did their lives ever depend on it. The new XCOM are all about suppression though. There's nothing they love better than pinning some hapless sectoid behind a car and then flanking the mind-probing little bastard. Of course, all this suppression…

Tagged with , , , .

Page 1 of 3

Newer posts