XCOM: Enemy Unknown review: XCOM: Enemy Unknown

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CNET Editors' Rating

4.5 stars Outstanding
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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.

CNET Editors' Choice Jun '13

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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.

The Barracks is where you can view and train your soldiers, upgrading them with new abilities — if they survive their missions. In the Research Lab, you can study specimens and artefacts recovered in the field, while Engineering is where you can build and buy new technologies — which, of course, you can equip your soldiers with. The Hangar is where you manage your aircraft, and the Situation Room is where you can both receive missions and monitor the global threat level.

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XCOM: Enemy Unknown (iOS)

Part Number: GS708549
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  • Category Games
  • Compatibility iOS