XCOM: Enemy Within
Expanded research tree.
Great tactical gameplay.
Increased map variety.
Encourages risky moves.
Impressive amount of content.
New EXALT faction makes metagame at base more challenging.
New MECs and gene mods add "cool" factor without sacrificing difficulty.
Meld collection adds urgency to standard missions.
Makes cheeky tactics obsolete.
Makes XCOM feel unknown again.
Game balance disrupted by MECs.
New Seeker enemies are little more than pinatas.
Multiplayer leaves much to be desired.
Lacks visual punch.
Micromanagement can be stressful.
By PC Authority on February 03, 2014
In these days of quick-fix DLC it is rare to encounter a proper expansion pack, one that takes an original game and builds on it in new ways, creating an experience greater than the sum of its parts. Enemy Within is such a product, adding a new layer of...100
By PCWorld on December 18, 2013
But me? I’d rather play Enemy Unknown some more. I never even mastered that entry, and as someone who both takes his time in turn-based maneuvering and also feels a need to snag every collectible item on a map, Meld made me frustrated more than it added to my play through. Something to consider.-
By New Game Network on December 06, 2013
Those tired of Enemy Unknown's formula will not find compelling improvements or changes here, though fans will find enough new content to merit another go at vanquishing the Alien...74
By MacLife on November 27, 2013
If you enjoyed Enemy Unknown and are ready for more, XCOM: Enemy Within's additions and alterations make it a must-buy.90
By PCGamer on November 21, 2013
It doesn't significantly address Enemy Unknown’s shortcomings, but adds more great, challenging experiences to an already great game.85
By PC Gamer on November 16, 2013
The fantastic Exalt missions, gene mods, and MEC Troopers are an excellent reason to play more...85
By Digital Trends on November 15, 2013
Nitpicks are few. While the PC and Xbox 360 versions of the game weren't available for comparison, the PlayStation 3 version of Enemy Within is particularly buggy. Textures are slow to load, both during a battle and back at XCOM base, and the game...100
By EuroGamer on November 11, 2013
All of this is exacerbated still further when playing on Classic difficulty or with Ironman mode enabled, where you're constantly worrying about what to do next or second guessing the action that you've just taken. Much like the genetic modifications that it champions, XCOM: Enemy Within is an experience that gets under your skin.90
By GameSpot on November 11, 2013
That seems to be the pattern of XCOM. The tale always grows in the telling, and with this entry, you find yourself in a world richer and more enjoyable than the one you experienced before. With a world this finely crafted, it's fitting that we should get to save it all over again.80
By IGN on November 11, 2013
More than ever, XCOM is a spectacular tactical game full of stories and characters you create for yourself, and is best enjoyed in Iron Man mode on Classic difficulty to enhance the emotional highs and lows of victory and permanent defeat.90