Tension-filled turn-based matches.
Soldier perma-death gets you invested in the fate of your veterans.
Tense atmosphere and pacing.
Challenging and engaging.
Turn-based tactical gameplay feels challenging and requires meaningful decisions.
Satisfying, difficult tactical battles.
Incredibly deep customization.
Gripping, tense tactical combat.
Narrow field of view and some occasional oddities of the camera.
No mid-battle inventory management.
Camera and control problems.
Watching your loved ones die to incredibly bad luck.
Not quite as complex as the original X-Com.
Steep learning curve in strategic game.
Camera foibles and other visual glitches.
Repetitive mission design.
By TechSpot on October 10, 2012
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...-
By PCMag on October 21, 2013
XCOM: Enemy Unknown makes its iOS debut, and it's an excellent turn-based, alien-blasting, sci-fi strategy game.80
By Realm of Gaming on January 11, 2013
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...95
By Expert Reviews on November 22, 2012
Neatly streamlined tactical combat, cleverly intertwined with a simple but engaging strategic element...100
By Tech2 on October 24, 2012
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...85
By PCMag on October 23, 2012
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.80
By New Game Network on October 21, 2012
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...78
By VR-Zone on October 19, 2012
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...80
By Tech Digest on October 16, 2012
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...100
By TheGuardian on October 11, 2012
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.100