XCOM: Enemy Unknown review: XCOM: Enemy Unknown

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MSRP: $19.99
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4.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Deep gameplayGood mix of combat and resource managementEngrossing storyConstantly evolving upgrades and enemies keeps gameplay from getting stale.

The Bad Touch controls can be a little fiddlyNo subtitlesA little on the pricey side for iOS.

The Bottom Line XCOM: Enemy Unknown is turn-based tactical shooting at the best we've seen the genre perform on iOS.

8.9 Overall
CNET Editors' Choice Jun '13

We've been waiting a long time for the XCOM reboot, now rebranded The Bureau: XCOM Declassified and given a release date of 20 August this year.

For XCOM fans with iOS devices, though, 2K Games is giving us a taste to tide us over in the meantime — iOS title XCOM: Enemy Unknown.

The game is sort of a reboot of the very first XCOM title, 1994's UFO: Enemy Unknown, and a port of the title already available for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC and Mac. As such, the core gameplay revolves around turn-based ground strategy as you lead squadrons of up to six soldiers against a new menace that is threatening the Earth: aliens seeking to use humans for their own ends.

To anyone who played the original title way back when, the game will be instantly familiar. After a brief gameplay tutorial, you choose your base — the US gives you a 50 per cent discount on aircraft, Europe on research facilities — and that "ant farm" base is pretty familiar, too. After each combat mission, you will return to regroup, and there are a lot of things you can do while there.

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