XCOM: Enemy Unknown

  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown
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  • Tension-filled turn-based matches.
  • Soldier perma-death gets you invested in the fate of your veterans.
  • Tense atmosphere and pacing.


  • Narrow field of view and some occasional oddities of the camera.
  • Clumsy UI.

Expert reviews and ratings

By TechSpot on

XCOM: Enemy Unknown should have been a disaster. It's a turn-based strategy title, a style of game its publisher said only last year was "just not contemporary". It's also a remake of a cult classic 1990's PC game, beloved by an audience so fickle that a...

By PCMag on 80

XCOM: Enemy Unknown makes its iOS debut, and it's an excellent turn-based, alien-blasting, sci-fi strategy game.

By fatducktech.com on

XCOM Enemy Unknown makes the shift from full priced PC/Console title to premium-priced iOS title, bringing the gloomy spectre of an all-out alien invasion with it. As Criswell would have put it, can your heart stand the deadly terror of DEADLY ALIENS...

By Yet Another Review Site on 80

Right off the bat I can confirm to you that XCOM: Enemy Unknown possesses great potential to frustrate. Frustration need not be a bad thing if it drives your compulsion to forge onward – a fact that Demon's Souls and Dark Souls exploit in style – but if...

By Realm of Gaming on 95

PCThe best stories about XCOM always end in failure. The wipeout of a veteran squad member, the panic, destruction and downward spiral towards failure. In an age of broadened gaming audiences, lowered difficulty barriers and constant hand holding XCOM...

By Expert Reviews on 100

Neatly streamlined tactical combat, cleverly intertwined with a simple but engaging strategic element...

By firstpost.com on 85

X COM is a game with a lot of history, especially for older gamers. The first game in the franchise was released back in 1994 and instantly solidified its status as a cult classic. Despite being a turn-based strategy game, it quickly became notorious for...

By PCMag on 80

XCOM: Enemy Unknown brings the tight, strategic X-Com experience to PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3, and is a worthy reboot of the classic series.

By avforums.com on 100

At the heart of any good strategy title is that inescapable drive to unravel and balance the formula that underpins its mechanics. It's the tinkering with element Y at the expense of mechanic X to produce mystery result Z many hours down the line, and...

By New Game Network on 78

It's mostly XCOM as the fans of the original game remember it, so prepare for a tough challenge that may take much of your free time. Everyone else would do well to consider the game's high potential for frustration before taking...

By VR-Zone on 80

Some of the most anticipated PC games of this year were sequels or remakes of popular older games; most of them however have blatantly failed to live up to the expectations of the gaming community due to their ambiguous storylines/endings and or their...

By Tech Digest on 100

Name: Genre: Platform: 1994's X-COM is, aside from the ongoing Civilisation series, perhaps the greatest turn-based strategy game ever. Putting you in charge of a crack squad of soldiers defending the world from alien invaders (and handing over...

By TheGuardian on 100

XCOM deserves to sell as many copies as they do. For those players who can exercise a little patience and restraint, it's quite simply one of the best games you'll play all year.

By Atomic MPC on

An excellent experience for XCOM newbies and veterans...

By Cheat Code Central on 80

Fans of the old X-COM games were undoubtedly excited when they heard that the series was slated to be revived for the current console generation. Of course, many of those fans had their hearts ripped out when they found out this new game would be a...

By CNET Australia on 80

Tension runs high in the excellent XCOM: Enemy...

By PCGamer on 87

Brutal, beautiful, emotion-wringing turn-based storytelling muffled by flat base design.

By Gamespot on 85

Enemy Unknown packs dense amounts of dramatic tension into each turn. And so it's time to eliminate the alien threat, commander. Select a location, build your base…and save humanity.

By IGN on 82

XCOM is a great addition to the strategy genre, complete with an engaging campaign full of tension and challenges.

By EuroGamer on 90

Near the campaign's end, there's a direct tribute to the original game's designers, the Gollop brothers, accompanied by an achievement called 'On the Shoulders of Giants'.