XCOM: Enemy Unknown

PC, PS3, XB360, MAC, IPAD, IPHONE OS / Strategy / Release: Oct 9, 2012 / ESRB: M

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XCOM: Enemy Unknown 'Slingshot' DLC announced

XCOM: Enemy Unknown 'Slingshot' DLC announced

Hands up, who wants more XCOM: Enemy Unknown? You do. It's you. All of you. Delightfully, more is coming "soon" in the 'Slingshot' DLC, announced today by publisher 2K Games. The new Council missions will see your squad "meet an enigmatic Triad operative, divert an alien ship's course, and do battle with the aliens in the skies over China." Ooh, exciting!

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XCOM: Enemy Unknown achievements hint at DLC

XCOM: Enemy Unknown achievements hint at DLC

Being a AAA game and all, XCOM: Enemy Unknown seems primed for some downloadable content. A few hidden Steam achievements might give a clearer idea of what to expect from them. Be warned, though, these might include a few minor spoilers if you're particularly spoiler-allergic.

Read more: New squad member, new missions »

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XCOM: Enemy Unknown PC patch enables 1080p movies

XCOM: Enemy Unknown PC patch enables 1080p movies

If you were one of the unlucky ones that could only get those really cool XCOM: Enemy Unknown movies in 720p instead of 1080p, fear not, human, as a new patch makes 1080p movies the standard for PC. Oh, and nobody should have a bad hair day any more either.

Read more: Other minor bug fixes »

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XCOM: Enemy Unknown review: a space odyssey

XCOM: Enemy Unknown review: a space odyssey

XCOM: Enemy Unknown fostered an incredible amount of goodwill by sheer purity of concept. After classic fans felt put out by a shooter reboot, the announcement of a proper turn-based strategy game sated the community. Firaxis probably could have gotten away with a simple, no-frills update to please a hungry fan-base. Instead, it has lovingly crafted a sequel that feels both perfectly at-home in the modern game era and simultaneously reverent to its roots.

Read more: Classically modern »

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XCOM: Enemy Unknown trailer launches the team

XCOM: Enemy Unknown trailer launches the team

XCOM: Enemy Unknown is less than a week from release, which means aliens are getting perilously close to liquifying us all. What better time to release a new trailer showing off the XCOM soldiers laying an appropriate bit of smack down on them?

Watch: XCOM: Enemy Unknown launch trailer »

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XCOM: Enemy Unknown's original pitch video revealed

XCOM: Enemy Unknown's original pitch video revealed

XCOM: Enemy Unknown's release next week marks the return of a franchise in hiding for over a decade. But, how has it changed since its inception? Developer Firaxis Games has released Enemy Unknown's original pitch video--the same video used to get publisher 2K Games on board the series revamp.

Many similarities to the final product can be seen, but there are a few differences. For one, the camera is much closer to the characters, and movement is severely restricted. Additionally, there's a time gauge that lead designer Jake Solomon says ended up making the game "too slow."

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XCOM: Enemy Unknown interactive trailer is next-best thing to playing

XCOM: Enemy Unknown interactive trailer is next-best thing to playing

You've probably already downloaded the demo for XCOM: Enemy Unknown. But if for some reason you haven't, a new trailer offers interactive elements to give an approximation of playing the game. It's not quite the same, but it'll do in a pinch.

Watch: Decisions unfold with squad management »

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XCOM: Enemy Unknown demo available on PC

XCOM: Enemy Unknown demo available on PC

Unlike MIA FPS XCOM, XCOM: Enemy Unknown is a spiritual successor to the classic PC strategy title. But old-school fans might be skeptical, so a newly-released demo should give you a chance to judge it for yourself.

Read more: Two tutorial missions and a base tour »

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XCOM: Enemy Unknown preview: Little Gray Target Practice

XCOM: Enemy Unknown preview: Little Gray Target Practice

XCOM: Enemy Unknown is more homage than imitation. While it bears a striking resemblance to the original 1994 classic, Firaxis has broken down the formula into its component parts and reexamined them piece-by-piece, building a game that retains its identity without feeling dated. At PAX, I got a chance to play the game and chat with lead producer Garth DeAngelis about the design process.

Read more: 'We wanted the learning curve to be a little more accessible' »

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XCOM: Enemy Unknown experiments with pre-order bonuses on Steam

XCOM: Enemy Unknown experiments with pre-order bonuses on Steam

Ever keen to experiment with digital distribution, Steam is trying something unusual on XCOM: Enemy Unknown pre-orders with publisher 2K. Rather than offering fixed bonuses, Steam will unlock increasingly fancy goodies as more people pre-order, including extra character customisation options, Team Fortress 2 hats, and a free copy of Civilization V.

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Watch an hour of XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Watch an hour of XCOM: Enemy Unknown

You wouldn't know it from watching the bang-pow-quote-cinematic-die-die trailers, but XCOM: Enemy Unknown is actually a turn-based tactical affair in the same vein as the widely-celebrated original X-COM games. Fortunately, publisher 2K decided to show off the game itself yesterday, though you'll have missed it if you don't follow social Twitfacestreams. So come, enjoy an hour of tactical delights.

Watch: Something far nicer than a flashy trailer »

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XCOM: Enemy Unknown trailer shows casualties of war

XCOM: Enemy Unknown trailer shows casualties of war

The scene on the ground is "utter pandemonium." People are dying out there, and we still don't know what we are fighting. The new trailer for XCOM: Enemy Unknown from Firaxis shows off the need to train good soldiers to keep your team's casualties to a minimum.

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XCOM: Enemy Unknown to feature one-on-one deathmatch mode

XCOM: Enemy Unknown to feature one-on-one deathmatch mode

While we were already quite enthused about XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Firaxis Games has announced yet another mode for the turn-based strategy game. For the first time in an XCOM (and X-COM) game, you'll be able to partake in one-on-one deathmatch shenanigans. "Players will be able to pick a squad of soldiers, aliens or even combine a squad of both unit types to create the ultimate mixed squad to command in battle," the announcement details.

Read more: Mix 'n match humans and aliens »

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The Last of Us wins Best of Show from E3 Game Critics

The Last of Us wins Best of Show from E3 Game Critics

Hyperviolence was all the rage at this year's E3. However, only one hyperviolent game could take the crown. The Game Critics Awards have finally been determined, and Naughty Dog has come on top with The Last of Us. Its strong performance pushed PS3 to the top of the heap, with PS3 as the most-winning platform. Sony Computer Entertainment is the most-winning publisher as well, with 7 awards.

Read more: The complete winners list »

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Weekend Confirmed 116 - E3 2012 post-show wrap-up

Weekend Confirmed 116 - E3 2012 post-show wrap-up

E3 2012 is officially in the rear-view mirror, which means it's time for the Weekend Confirmed crew to talk about all types of impressions, news, and more. Garnett is joined by the Jeffs--Cannata and Mattas--and a trio of special guests: David Ellis from 343 Industries, and N'gai Croal and Justin Blankenship from HitDetection. There's far more than can be covered in one show, but the crew still manages to touch on a huge list of titles. Halo 4, Dishonored, SimCity, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Rayman Legends, New Super Mario Bros. U, Watch_Dogs, The Last of Us, Beyond, Need For Speed: Most Wanted, Resident Evil 6, and The Cave are just some of the games discussed in this week's info-packed episode.

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