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XCOM: Enemy Within

2 months ago

UFO sans DRM – XCom Complete Edition lands on GOG

Is six years within 'fashionably late' territory? Better late than never, at least. Today, Firaxis's alien-bothering turn-based squad tactics revival, XCom: Enemy Unknown has launched on GOG after over half a decade of the PC version being Steam-exclusive. Rather than divide it up, GOG are only selling the Complete edition of the game, including two minor bits of DLC and the rather more significant Enemy Within expansion.

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3 years ago

Four And A Half Million Dead: XCOM 2 Stats

Firaxis have unveiled an XCOM 2 [official site] stat-tracking page that shows how many soldiers have died, how many aliens have been killed and other such details. Four and a half million XCOM soldiers dead in less than a week since launch. Good work, Commanders. Five percent of those soldiers met their end at the hands and teeth of a zombie. Really great work, Commanders,…

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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…

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Feature: Resistance is futile

XCOM 2 review

In 2012, Firaxis took on the seemingly impossible task of reviving one of the most beloved PC games ever made. The original X-COM is widely considered to be one of the masterpieces of the nineties golden age, and since its release there have been sequels, spin-offs and unofficial revivals, but Firaxis' XCOM was a complete, licensed reinterpretation. It was also rather good. Now, with XCOM…

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Feature: Harder, better, stronger

Hands On: XCOM 2’s Brutal Difficulty And Superb Tactical Overhaul

Nobody gets left behind. That was my XCOM: Enemy Unknown rule and it was a rule that I adhered to in almost every one of the hundreds of missions I oversaw. If a squad fell in combat, they fell side by side. XCOM 2 [official site] has made me break my one rule. Repeatedly. Deviously. Tragically. It's hard as nails, and superbly distorts the tactics…

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Someone Has Recreated A Playable XCOM In Excel

An XCOM fan on Reddit has created a rather robust version of XCOM that is played using the spreadsheet software Microsoft Excel. Dubbed EXLCOM, this reimagining of the science fiction turn-based strategy game is far from complete, but that doesn't mean you can't sink a few hours enjoying the fact that the program you use to budget your weekly spending allowance can be used to…

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Vigilo Confido: XCOM Mega-Mod Long War Is Finished(Ish)

XCOM 2 [official site] looms, but despite its many enticing changes it seems unlikely it'll take Firaxis' X-COM reboot much closer to the Golloptastic source material. As such, complicated, hardcore and remarkably extensive mod Long War is, I suspect, going to remain your best bet for a game which furthers the uncompromising, unsympathetic spirit of the original games. It expands so many elements, introduces many…

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4 years ago

Feature: What I Play When I'm Not Well

Comfort Games

Hello there, best keep your distance, for I am ill. Not just 'bit of a sniffle/put a bigger pullover on, you great ninny' ill, but 'noxious substances violently erupting from everywhere' ill. My daughter started going to nursery about three months ago, and has been bringing back a delightful cocktail of viruses and bacteria ever since - it's been a relentless assault on my immune…

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XCOM Who? – Xenonauts Officially Complete

I am glad. Against all odds, Firaxis' XCOM revival was actually a great turn-based strategy that captured the spirit of the original Gollop games. It wasn't entirely bereft of blindspots, though. The art style wasn't super menacing and didn't allow imagination to fill in the gaps, the game sort of got easier as time went on, tension dissipated over time, etc. Sometimes, you just need…

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Feature: ReGollopification

Terror From The Details: XCOM’s Amazing Long War Mod

"Why am I playing XCOM through for the sixth time?" is a question I've asked myself several times over the last week. There are so many other games I should and would like to play, yet I find myself once again knee-deep in something I by this point know every aspect of. One of the answers to that question is that the game just had…

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5 years ago

Feature: And without, and everywhere

XCOM: Enemy Within review

Enemy Within is a proper expansion - like in the olden days - for last year's XCOM: Enemy Unknown, which was a very different reworking of 90s ultro-classic X-COM: UFO Defense. This time around, we get robo-folk and genetic modification, and one giant leap further away from XCOM's parentage. Good idea/bad idea? Let's find out! Saving the world with a big, pink, French cyborg: this…

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Feature: I'm X-communicating

The Right To Upgrade Arms – XCOM Enemy Within Thoughts

I've been playing unfinished code for major XCOM expansion Enemy Within.Here are some early impressions for you. XCOM has a confession to make. All this time it's been carrying on like it's a militaristic strategy game (albeit with aliens and robots and psychics), but really, really it's been a superhero game all along. With major expansion Enemy Within, it proudly rips open its shirt, throws…

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XCOM Expansion Grudgingly Acknowledges Save Scummers

I was away when body-horror XCOM expansion Enemy Within was announced, so that means you've tragically been denied my thoughts on it. Clearly, I am outraged that Firaxis are going to pervert their beautiful and unique snowflake with CHANGES and I beseech you to sign my online petition demanding that they cancel months of work immediately and develop a 100% faithful remake of Terror From…

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Feature: Human Unkind

Hands On: XCOM – Enemy Within

XCOM: Enemy Within escalates the alien invasion, introducing body modification, sky-squids and Mechtoids. After seeing the initial reveal at Gamescom, I was eager to try the expansion before release, but when I had the chance last week, I hadn’t expected to see humanity turning on itself. XCOM have encountered a new threat and this one originates much closer to home.

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Feature: If Only You Could Talk To The Aliens

An Alien-Focused XCOM? Firaxis Talks Possibilities

I recently had the chance to chat with XCOM: The Enemy Within senior game designer Ananda Gupta, and I was immediately faced with a crushing dilemma. Adam had done his job too well in a previous interview and discussed everything (XCOM-related) ON EARTH. I was stumped. I was about to hand in both my hands and my ability to ask questions to the Intergalactic Journalism…

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Many Mechanized Minutes Of XCOM: Enemy Within

For flimsy flesh beings such as ourselves, fighting aliens is rarely a good idea. For instance, Alec hasn't posted in ages because he attempted to single-handedly stave off an invasion and nearly died but then had to postpone to go help raise his new baby. But thanks to XCOM: Enemy Within, I realize that the solution to our easily fried human organs and tendency to…

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Genetically Modified Ops: XCOM – Enemy Within

I'm fairly sure that this is the most shooty-bangy XCOM trailer that I've ever seen. It's far more energetic and noisy than the videos for the never-born FPS ever managed to be, and if I didn't know anything about Enemy Unknown, I'd assume this was an advert for some kind of third-person alien-punching game. There's even a bit at the end that has two mechanical…

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Feature: Knowing Me, Knowing UFO

The Mod Squad: XCOM – Enemy Within Interview

I've been watching the skies, waiting for news about XCOM: Expansion Unknown ever since the first teaser trailer landed. Turns out I would have been wiser watching my inbox instead because that's where I found an invitation to speak to Firaxis about the Enemy Within expansion at Gamescom. I spent half an hour with senior games designer Anand Gupta. As well as details on the…

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XCOM: Enemy Within Is An Expansion, Out 15 November

Ah well, not a full sequel then. But a hefty expansion, nonetheless - Firaxis style. (Actually, it'll be a standalone game on consoles, but not PC, oddly.) Rather obviously XCOM: Enemy Within will have new maps (40 of them), and new soldier class (stompy mech) and multiplayer stuff (cuddles), but also introduces a rather significant new mechanic, changing how you approach the game.

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A Strange Turn – What Is XCOM: Enemy Within?

Last night a mysterious entry appeared on the South Korean ratings board website - something called XCOM: Enemy Within. And that was all that was known. Technically, that is still all that is known, except that now we know it's for real. Publishers 2K have confirmed to Eurogamer that it, whatever it might be, will be revealed at Gamescom later this month.

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