XCOM: Enemy Unknown for PC
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XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Oct 9, 2012
9.05
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Excellent
32nd of 19549

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About this game

Developer: Firaxis Games
Content Rating: Mature

Summary

The game will place you in control of a secret paramilitary organization called XCOM. As the XCOM commander, you will defend against a terrifying global alien invasion by managing resources, advancing technologies, and overseeing combat strategies and individual unit tactics.  You will control the fate of the human race through researching alien technologies, creating and managing a fully operational base, planning combat missions and controlling soldier movement in battle.

System Requirements

Recommended

  • OS:Windows 7
  • Processor:2 GHz Dual Core (Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz or Athlon X2 2.7 GHz)
  • Memory:4 GB RAM
  • Graphics:NVIDIA GeForce 9000 series / ATI Radeon HD 3000 series or greater
  • DirectX®:9.0
  • Hard Drive:20 GB HD space
  • Sound:DirectX Compatible
  • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
  • Additional:Initial installation requires one-time internet connection for Steam authentication; software installations required (included with the game) include Steam Client, Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable, DirectX and Microsoft .NET 4.

Minimum

  • OS:Windows Vista
  • Processor:2 GHz Dual Core
  • Memory:2 GB RAM
  • Graphics:NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT / ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT or greater
  • DirectX®:9.0
  • Hard Drive:20 GB HD space
  • Sound:DirectX Compatible
  • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
  • Additional:Initial installation requires one-time internet connection for Steam authentication; software installations required (included with the game) include Steam Client, Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable, DirectX and Microsoft .NET 4.

Critic Reviews

25 Reviews
8.76
Evan LahtiOct 08, 2012
Mostly, it's a game that understands that loss can be leveraged in parallel with rewards to tell a great story. It paints from a unique emotional palette: doom, sacrifice, luck, surprise, revenge. It uses death like most of us use mayonnaise, and Impossible difficulty practically makes XCOM into a Mourning Simulator.
Josh WirtanenOct 10, 2012
As far as aesthetic, Enemy Unknown has a couple weird things going on. While the battlefields look great, displaying an obvious attention to detail, the cutscenes will leave you unimpressed. There are choppy animations, awkward facial movements, poor character models, and flat textures. Additionally, there are times in combat when the camera will zoom in to highlight a specific moment, and these moments are quite often awkward.
Ryan DavisOct 16, 2012
The cleverest part of XCOM: Enemy Unknown is how it bundles up all of its complexities and interdependencies and presents them in a package that, while not easy, is at least easily digested. It's often overwhelming, but in the best way possible. XCOM gives no quarter to players with the hubris to think they can play Enemy Unknown at a pace other than the one set by Enemy Unknown.

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