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XCOM: Enemy Unkown

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XCOM Enemy Unknown

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About XCOM: Enemy Unkown

XCOM Enemy Unknown is a 2012 re-imagining of the classic sci-fi strategy game XCOM: UFO Defense (aka UFO: Enemy Unknown in Europe) that was released in 1994. Players once again are put in charge of XCOM an internationally funded military and research organization that serves as Earth's first and last line of defense against an alien invasion. Command and control squads of multinational soldiers on all sorts of combat and other missions that span the globe. Raise funds from wealthy nations to keep XCOM afloat, allocate resources for research, development and and recruitment in order to continue operations against the alien menace that threatens the Earth.

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Features & Gameplay

XCOM Enemy Unknown, like it's predecessor, contains two distinct phases of game play, base management and turn based tactical strategy. The base management phase is where players will manage their research and development of new technologies; train, recruit, and deploy soldiers; scan planet Earth for aliens; monitor civilian panic levels of nations that are part of the Council of Nations as well as manage funding and finances.

The tactical turn based strategic combat mode contains many of the same elements found in the original XCOM. Players deploy squads of soldiers as needed to various locations across the planet to defense nations, cities and civilians against aliens, capture/kill the aliens, or extract important civilians from a hostile area. The tactical combat managed from a top down 3D isometric perspective, with soldiers having limited number of actions that can be performed each turn. Similarly aliens perform their moves on their own turn.

XCOM Enemy Unknown contains both a single player campaign and multiplayer game modes. The single player campaign includes a tutorial that will get you into the action facts while learning the ropes. This demo is also included in the XCOM demo. Once the tutorial is complete you'll be able to manage your base and soldiers as you see fit. The multiplayer mode allows you to create a combined force of aliens and soldiers to take part in one on one tactical multiplayer combat matches.

Release Dates

 • North America: Oct 9, 2012
 • Europe: Oct 12, 2012
 • Australia: Oct 12, 2012


ESRB Rating: M for Mature
PEGI Rating: 18
ACB Rating: MA 15+

Genre & Theme

XCOM Enemy Unknown is a sci-fi game that blends elements of role playing and turn based strategy. Set in a near future Earth, players control Earth's only hope in repeling alien invaders.


The game was developed by Firaxis Games, the company founded by legendary video game developer Sid Meier who has developed Civilization III, IV and V, Pirates! to name a few.


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