XCOM: Enemy Unknown gives you the opportunity to save the world from aliens through turn based strategy gameplay. In this reboot of the original XCOM series improvements have been made in every way. With a redefined experience that still offers the gameplay which made it famous this new title will capture a new generation as well.
This game puts you in command of a state of the art base. While on your base you see things in an “ant farm” like view. As the game progresses you must make decisions on what additional features you would like your base to have, such as additional research labs, power generators, or something entirely new. However time and money are essential, and you will not have unlimited access to either.
As the commander you choose soldiers to fight alongside you. These soldiers level up through experience in the field with you. It is important to note that once these soldiers die in combat they are dead permanently. There are various classes of soldiers and it your choice on who to bring, these choices can be the difference between life and death. During our walkthrough we were shown the major differences between these classes and how important each move you make is.
For those of you unfamiliar with the XCOM series it is a turn based game where strategy plays an important role. For every teammate on your squad you get a turn. During this turn you have the opportunity to just move, or to move and shoot. Snipers are good to have on your squad, but this is the only class that cannot move and shoot, on a snipers turn they can either shoot or move. Shooting does not necessarily mean that your objective is to kill the enemy. During our walkthrough we were shown a few different suppression options. And although this is a turn based game the environments are destructible. This means that you may not need a great view of the enemy by a car at a gas station, if you know what I mean.
Firaxis Games has done a great job of keeping the integrity of a classic series during this reboot. For fans of the original XCOM series we did see a couple of original aliens. These aliens have the same basic look just improved graphically. The developer dodged questions relating to additional aliens from the original XCOM as well as questions relating to multiplayer. However he did hint that this information may be coming in the near future. Overall this looks like a very fun strategy game with endless opportunities. It is exciting to play a game in which every move you make is important to the success or failure of your mission; saving Earth.