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XCOM: Enemy Unknown (PS3)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 30 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the size. The usability is also mentioned favorably, whereas many are negative about the controls and reliability.

single player, usability, size

multi player, reliability, controls

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other PlayStation 3 Games (PS3) the XCOM: Enemy Unknown (PS3) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 95/100 = Excellent quality.

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XCOM: Enemy Unknown

 

Firaxis's XCOM: Enemy Unknown is both ridiculously fun, and unbelievably frustrating. I generally lean more towards the fun end of that equation,

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XCOM: Enemy Unknown Review

 

Elite sniper Alex Osborn rolled out of covered and lined his sights on the Muton crouching behind the trash can.

Persistently engaging; Strategic combat, not taught through boring tutorial; Research, build, gather, rinse, repeat; Sound, style, and substance; "X-ray terminated." X-COM lives

Some pointless tech-trees; Crashes, bugs, stuttering on consoles

Despite this, and despite so much else, X-COM: Enemy Unknown feels like the revival of not just a brand, but a genre. If you told me six years ago that I'd be playing a full $60 turn-based strategy game, I probably would have zapped you with a plasma...

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X-COM: Enemy Unknown Review

 

Elite sniper Alex Osborn rolled out of covered and lined his sights on the Muton crouching behind the trash can.

Persistently engaging; Strategic combat, not taught through boring tutorial; Research, build, gather, rinse, repeat; Sound, style, and substance; "X-ray terminated." X-COM lives

Some pointless tech-trees; Crashes, bugs, stuttering on consoles

Despite this, and despite so much else, X-COM: Enemy Unknown feels like the revival of not just a brand, but a genre. If you told me six years ago that I'd be playing a full $60 turn-based strategy game, I probably would have zapped you with a plasma...

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XCOM: Enemy Unknown Review: Close Encounters

 

Firaxis lets a new generation in on the strategy gaming secret PC gamers have known for nearly 20 years.

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XCOM: Enemy Unknown

 

I dream of XCOM. I have fever dreams where I debate using my assault soldier's Run and Gun ability to flank an alien or play it safe and stay behind cover. I wish I was kidding or being hyperbolic, but I'm not. I gain new strategies as I lose sleep.

So, it’s fair to say that EU has some problems. While the game lacks the polish we’ve come to expect from Firaxis, it stands up as one of the most addicting and fun strategy games I’ve ever played. The game has its issues. It doesn’t help that it ends...

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XCOM: Enemy Unknown Review

 

Strategy really isn't my milieu. It wasn't back when Command & Conquer came out and it still isn't. However, once you toss in a turn-based mechanic and allow me to take my time, ala Final Fantasy Tactics or Valkyria Chronicles, my ears suddenly perk up...

The Ugly: “They’re coming…I feel so helpless. …wait, that’s not really ‘ugly,’ is it? Kinda the point, right?”

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XCOM: Enemy Unknown Review

 

Tension runs high in the excellent XCOM: Enemy Unknown.

Tension-filled turn-based matches ; Great sense of progression makes you feel increasingly powerful ; Complex interconnected economy makes each decision important ; Soldier perma-death gets you invested in the fate of your veterans

Map repetition ; Camera foibles, frame rate jitters, and other visual glitches

If they do intrude, however, you might still have the tools you need to survive. Soldiers of different classes have different roles in battle, and depending on their loadouts, you have a number of ways of approaching the enemy. Close-range weapons like...

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XCOM Enemy Unknown Review

 

A thrilling strategy experience that captures the tone and tension of the original but is likely to leave hardcore strategy fans wanting just a bit more.

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XCOM: Enemy Unknown Review

 

Firaxis revisits the classic XCOM franchise with great results. Join the invasion with our full review.

Works well with a controller ; Sense of accomplishment and challenge ; Difficulty levels for all ; Extreme polish and balance

Learning curve can be tough ; Awkward camera angles

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XCOM: Enemy Unknown

 

The power that games have to tell stories goes well beyond any kind of traditional media. This is down to the wonderful way that players can create stories all of their own as they play through a game.

The really remarkable thing about XCOM: Enemy Unknown is that, despite its rough edges, it is a fantastic and compelling game and by far the best strategy game that has ever appeared on consoles (even outstripping the superb Greed Corp)

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