XCOM: Enemy Unknown

XCOM is a turn based strategy game made by Firaxis Games published by 2K Games. It was released for the Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC. I played it on the Xbox 360. The game is very solid and holds true to its predecessors. The storyline of the game is essentially starts out with alien “pods” landing on Earth and a group of Delta Squad XCOM soldiers are sent to investigate: Enter mission 1. Granted I played the past XCOM games when I was much younger and I held a moment of pride when I was able to beat more than the first couple missions. Possibly the most frustrating thing I found was not being able to pick who my starting soldiers were and their ability lines. The game sets you up with a balanced group but you can rearrange this as you play and level more soldiers. The game play is very well done and hitting your target is based on a percentage chance to hit. This means even on rare occasion a 90% chance to hit can miss and YES you will yell at your screen when it happens. The enemies seem to at least miss just as much as I did though, so overall it had a nice balance. That didn’t stop me from screaming at the game when my first character died, turned off the Xbox, and threw my controller aside.

 

Now if you excuse me I have to continue saving Earth from the alien menace.

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