Xenonauts is a strategy game in which you control a multi-national military organisation defending a Cold War-era Earth from alien invasion, using small squads of persistent soldiers to eliminate the extraterrestrials and recover their technology in turn-based ground combat.
User reviews: Very Positive (1,270 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 16, 2014

Sign in to add this game to your wishlist or mark as not interested

Buy Xenonauts

 

Recommended By Curators

"With deep strategic systems, omnipresent dread, and clean turn-based combat, Xenonauts is a triumph of rebooted game design."
Read the full review here.

Recent updates View all (29)

February 27

Xenonauts V1.56 / V1.57 Stable Released!

We're releasing two "Stable" builds today. V1.56 is an update that will immediately be released on the Steam default stable branch, whilst V1.57 is only available on the Steam Experimental branch. Our plans for releasing this on other platforms are explained after the changelogs:

V1.56 Changelog:

  • Fixed an issue with the mod manager deleting the entire mod directory when you tried to delete a mod
  • Fixed an issue where the mod manager did not correctly save the priority order for deactive mods

V1.57 Changelog:
  • We've created an experimental patch for the shooting code that should verify miss shots are actually able to hit the tile they scatter to. We hope this will correct the issue where shots are sometimes noclipping through walls or otherwise behaving incorrectly.

If the fix in V1.57 does its job, that will be the last update we make to Xenonauts. The problem is that the shooting code was pretty complex even before we spliced some of the Community Coder additions into it when we made V1.5, so we're really not sure if it will fully address the issue (or if it may cause any additional problems).

V1.57 is therefore only available on the Steam Experiment branch - the old Experimental branch stopped working for some reason, so we've deleted it and created a new "Experiment" branch to do the same thing. We'll give this at least a week to see if it causes any major issues and if it fixed the issue as intended.

Regarding the Mac / Linux builds and updates to the non-Steam distributors - this is a lengthy process (it literally takes me most of the day) so I'm going to wait until Monday to see if there are any issues with V1.56 before I roll it out, as if there's a bug in it I'll have wasted all that time and the distributors will be annoyed at me. And if V1.57 proves stable a week after that, I'll do it all again one final time.

6 comments Read more

February 23

Xenonauts V1.55 Stable Released!

We've just released another hotfix for Xenonauts V1.5, addressing an AI hang that we considered the largest remaining bug in the game. Here's the changelog:

  • Fixed a second AI hang that was locking the game up during the alien turn
  • Updated the Carrier UFO maps to remove more areas where Harridans could fly inside the UFO walls and then snipe down at you
  • A fix to the mod manager not remembering changes made to mod list priority if you exited the launcher without loading up the game
This is currently only available on Windows and on Steam; we're planning to wait 24-48 hours to check there are no major bugs caused by the hotfix (although there shouldn't be) before we start the laborious porting / upload process to bring the update to Mac / Linux / other distribution sites.

We've also temporarily reverted the Steam Mac version back to V1.09 as it seems people were having some issues with the V1.5 series builds crashing (they're still available on the Experimental branch if you want them). We'll give the Mac versions a more thorough test and re-release them with the next bunch of updates.

There's a couple more issues still on our bugfix radar so we're hoping a V1.56 will be along later this week / early next week to conclude the post-update bugfix support process.

8 comments Read more

Reviews

“The result is a deeply engaging, indie version of an alien invasion that stands toe-to-toe with X-COM—the classic and the reboots.”
85 – PC Gamer

“Xenonauts is a faithful modernization of a classic. It retains the features that made X-COM such a tense and memorable game, with base invasions and a gigantic open-ended campaign of depth and freedom. If Firaxis' revamped take on the series felt a little too directed and linear for you, then Xenonauts is likely to delight.”
80 – Strategy Informer

About This Game

Xenonauts is a strategy game in which you control a multi-national military organisation defending a Cold War-era Earth from alien invasion, using small squads of persistent soldiers to eliminate the extraterrestrials and recover their technology in turn-based ground combat. A detailed strategic layer allows you to co-ordinate the defence of the planet, using your interceptors to shoot down UFOs and researching captured artefacts to learn about your foes and unlock new combat equipment to use on your missions.

Xenonauts is a spiritual successor to the classic X-Com strategy games from the 1990s. We aim to improve the graphics, add new content and streamline the interface whilst still retaining all of the key mechanics of the original games. Devoted fans should love this game, but we're also keen to introduce the joys of old-school grand strategy to a whole new generation of players who might not otherwise experience it!

Please note that Mac / Linux platforms are not officially supported. Files are available for download via Steam (using a WINE wrapper) but we cannot guarantee compatibility.

Key Features


  • Ground Combat: Xenonauts delivers tense turn-based combat across realistic, varied and fully-destructible battlefields, against almost fifty different variants of enemy. Missions range from capturing crashed UFOs or alien bases to defending cities (or even Xenonaut facilities) against alien attack. You'll experience the chill of encountering a new alien for the first time and the joys of test-firing a new weapon for the first time. Deeply asymmetric combat keeps the battles interesting - after all, you're fighting intergalactic invaders with 1970's ballistic technology!
  • Strategic Management: You will also be managing the defence of the planet, dealing with the invading alien UFOs with your customisable interceptors. You need to balance the needs of your funding nations with your own. Your funds are limited - are you going to spend them on battlefield equipment, more scientists, or expanding your coverage of the planet? Your priorities must be balanced carefully if you are to win the war.
  • Research Tree: Xenonauts has an extensive research tree with almost a hundred projects to unlock, each with its own unique description and painted artwork. It slowly reveals the intentions and origins of the invaders, while also unlocking new battlefield equipment, aircraft and vehicles for you to use as you harness alien technology and turn it against them.
  • Persistent Soldiers: Soldiers in Xenonauts are persistent from mission to mission, improving their stats and gaining ranks with combat experience - but their deaths are always only a single bad move away. You will grow to care about the brave men and women under your command as they slowly grow from green rookies into hardened veterans, but that only makes it more painful when their heroic tale is cruelly cut short by a burst of plasma fire...
  • Detailed, Emergent Simulation: Xenonauts contains no scripted missions, just broad rules setting the pace of the invasion. As such, no game plays out the same twice. If you shoot a Scout UFO down over a polar area, you get a Crash Site mission where you can capture a crashed Scout UFO in an Arctic tileset. Commence a battle at night and you'll be fighting the mission in the darkness with reduced sight range. If your base is attacked, you fight the defence in a perfect replica of your base. A lot of time has gone into weaving the two very different halves of the game together into something that feels both natural and enjoyable.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows 8 / 7 SP1 / Vista SP2
    • Processor:Intel 2 GHz
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Integrated Graphics
    • Hard Drive:3 GB HD space
    • Sound:Integrated
    • Monitor:1280x720 pixels minimum
    Recommended:
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:512 MB DirectX 9.0c Compliant Video Card
    • Hard Drive:Solid State Hard Drive
Helpful customer reviews
311 of 317 people (98%) found this review helpful
70.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
Xenonauts. It's greatest strength is that it's X-com. It's greatest weakness is that it's X-com.

If you're an older gamer, played the original X-coms, and just wanted them to get a graphics update and maybe some mods on being able to better organise your units and maybe a few updates, look no further. You've found it.

If you don't know what this "X-com" business is about, both X-com and Xenonauts are tactical and strategic games where you defend earth from an alien invasion through a specialised organisation and squad who deals with the aliens.
You'll respond to the aliens by shooting down the UFOs using regular human fighter aircraft, and then landing a squad of soldiers with just plain old human guns near them to clear out the survivors. After that, you'll begin to research better technology. Laser rifles, faster aircraft to take down the UFOs, armour that protects from the alien weaponry, and so on.

You will meet several different kinds of aliens, each with their own strengths and weaknesses, and figure out why they're invading. But most importantly, you're going to stop them. You're going to take all their technology and make it your own, and you will end up with several bases across the world to find, and destroy any intruders who push into your atmosphere.

As for the changes between this and X-com, they are mostly good. You have an airstrike option on alien crash sites so that you don't need to do everything or have them expire when you've been too busy dealing with other sites, though it will provide you with far less rewards than if you send in a squad of soldiers. There are new pieces of equipment, such as the shield. You'll no longer need to micromanage every last clip or laser battery in your arsenal and order the construction of small things like two laser batteries - Just keep track of the ones you bring into combat so you don't run out. There are now more involved air battles, along with air terror sites. And cover, along with range, now actually provides a bonus or penalty to your shots. You don't have to worry about this turning into a chest high wall simulator though, it works out well and you don't have to stay in cover. It's just a suggestion that increases your soldiers' lifespan. There are some others but they are mostly positive. One I'd say is slightly negative is that you can not land on a UFO and blast a hole in the ceiling to enter it as you could in the original X-com, though if you never played that game(And even if you did), you might not even notice that option isn't there.

Mechanics wise, it works out very similar to X-com, with an isometric view and tile based map. I've found some maps had too little vertical space sometimes but often this wasn't a big problem, the controls are pretty good, mainly just using your mouse to command your units. It's turn based, with a world map to place your bases on and do your air battles, and a base overview where you can build out your base by modular rooms.
Interestingly, I've found that the difficulty settings actually changes AI behavior, rather than the lazy way of just giving the AI more armour or damage. I'm not sure if it also gives the aliens more stats or makes it more difficult to get money for the player, but the fact difficulty settings actually improve the AI is something that many AAA games completely fail at.

In the end, it's X-com. It has most of the strengths of X-com, but it also has the flaws of X-com. You may need to restart several times if you're new and you might get discouraged. A random lucky shot could kill off your best soldier and send the nearby rocket launcher guy into a berserk panic state right into your own squad. If you're not used to it, you'll wonder just how long the campaign keeps going and it may turn into a game of 'whack-a-UFO' for you with slow or barely noticable progress. Or you may simply not have a clue what's going on until the aliens are already in a better position than you.

Even then, it's a very good game. I would say it's worth grabbing it at some point if you want to see what the fuss is about, or because you want some more of the X-com from long ago (Without looking at Interceptor or Enforcer for now)
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
151 of 161 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 17, 2014
X-Com not X-Commy enough for you?

We're going back to our roots here. No fancy 3d graphics hogging your resources. Ain't no voice actors here, just 100% pure, uncut, grade A tactile turn based combat.

Hire people based off stats, Assign them based off stats. Equip them with stolen alien tech to improve their stats. Build up your base to increase stats. Stats everywhere.

I really like how when you're inching a dude forward and then set him in prone, you can move him again if another guy uncovers an alien that suddenly has him vulnerable if he has enough points left, all in the same turn.

Their system really helps make the combat feel forgiving while remaining engaging and fun. You can afford to take some risks which makes the combat feel faster and more fluent then typical tactical turn based games.

There isn't really a whole lot to say here, you know the formula and these guys executed it well. Great combat, music and graphics... just an all around stellar title. Be sure to pick this one up.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
100 of 126 people (79%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
Xenonauts is a great game.

Once I shot down a main craft over at snowy I suppose planes of Greenland. Just a routine intercept, kill those alien sum♥♥♥♥♥es, get that much needed dosh so I could build another base and name it something from Secret Warriors. Or so I thought.
My brave men and women including Iosif Nichayko, Ellen Ripley, Rick Deckard and my main killing mean machine lieutenant John Cross who rocked cool moustache, Wolf armor, a riot shield and a plasma pistol were all there.

My prised bull Iosif who was always clearing the UFO itself with a shotgun got shot almost immediately by a crased Icelandic reseacher who mistook our dropship for some sort of huge alien spacecraft. My brave men and women couldn't retaliate and thus commit a horrible war crime of ♥♥♥♥♥♥ a cold dead body of an Icelandic meteorologist because said meteorologist was shot by his pal, another reseacher present on this snowy research station. The man nodded and moved on completely dissappearing from the point of view of my brave men and women.

The research station itself was swarming with reapers, disgusting aliens who turn men into zombies and ♥♥♥♥ corpses. They weren't such a huge problem for mymen since my APC made a quick work of them.

We finally made it to the alien aircraft. It was on fire, dying moans and swearing in some beastly alien language were heard from inside. We sweeped the first hall, nothing but reptiloid bodies and blood. ANd in the second hall we found the same honorable Icelandic scientist executing sebilian officer.

He then slowly walked into the flame and dissappeared again.

The mission was a success.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
138 of 188 people (73%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
35.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2014
Everytime I get attached to one of my randomly generated Ground-Assault team members, they're killed off through a terrible stroke of luck.

Worse than Game of Thrones.

10/10
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
48 of 51 people (94%) found this review helpful
84.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 5, 2014
Xenonauts is amazing! If u're a fan of the original XCOM or even the XCOM Enemy Unknown/Within, then u'll love this one. Especially if u're looking for more of a challenge compared to XEU. Xenonauts definitely offers the player more control over what/how u can spend and allocate your funds, as well as more randomness in terms of ground combat and enemy placement.

If I had to pick a negative, I would say that the game doesn't necessarily have a random map generator like the original XCOM did/does. Xenonauts has more of a semi random map generator, in which u may come across a similar map, but the layout in terms of what's on the map may be different. For example; instead of a crate being placed in a particular part of the map, there may be a set of parked cars or debris of some kind etc. Of course in the forums, u can always download custom maps ppl design, and add em to ur game to spice it up, and keep the game fresh as well. I would imagine (if they hadn't already or are already in talks) they would possibly put up a patch as far as implementing a random map generator.

Other than that, the game is absolutely Amazing!!! I still haven't even seen all the maps nor all the enemies as well. If I were to pick a number, I would definitely give this game a 9/10, 4/5, B+/A u name it..
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
69 of 86 people (80%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 23, 2014
things that have happened in this game:
-lost the highest ranked xenonaut on the assault team because I forgot to assign doormen to the sides of the CH-48
-entire assault team annihilated because I tried to rush a UFO (RIP IN PEACE ALPHA TEAM) that had 2 aliens left
-lost 3 xenonauts to the same alien camping inside a factory
-guy with 70 accuracy and a PSG-1 shooting alien at midrange hits my scout instead (RIP IN PEACE CPL LAUREN "NOOB" MERCIER)
-glorious, cathartic DAKKADAKKADAKKA of a UFO interior once I finally corner the sebilian ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s
-chased UFOs in blinged out MiG-31s

good game. I might stream it once I figure out how not to die horribly
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
37 of 38 people (97%) found this review helpful
35.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2014
This is as close to a completly faithful remake of XCOM that we're ever going to get. And boy, is it faithful. It even adds a few new things, like a dogfighting minigame that's leagues better from we had in either the old XCOM or the remake.

Combat is nice in balanced, and my only real nitpicks are that grenades are overpowered and clearing ships is a meatgrinder, since unless you outright destroy the door, UFO entrances will close every round, forcing you to play whack-a-mole.

If you ever played UFO Defense, or even just Enemy Unknown, you owe it to yourself to buy this and give it a whirl. I give it a hearty recommendation to anyone.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
34 of 36 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
60.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 14, 2014
As a die-hard old strategy XCOM fan, I was impressed with this game. It brought all good memories and got me playing this game until the very end (not a lot of games kept my attention during last few years). In this state, I would give this game 9/10 points, as it "can" get better with bug-fixes and further development.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
33 of 36 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
109.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
The best bit about xenonauts is that it is an awesome port of a classic game with updated graphics and a few cool new ideas and changes.

The worst bit about xenonauts is that it is an awesome port of a classic game that was not implemented fully. So much of this game is half way done and not fleshed out fully.

Let me explain.

It's prettier than original x-com... if by prettier you mean higher resolution. There is no way to rotate the map, no way to zoom the map in or out (well... you can change the resolution i guess), no minimap, fences and doors obscure everything behind them unless there is a npc or player model on that square... the list goes on.

The geoscape is a mess. It's a flat projection of the world that takes as long to travel around the pole as it does at the equator and radar ranges are perfect circles. This would not be a problem except someone decided to be clever and program in a realistic day/night transition that even moves up and down with the seasons. It's not game breaking, gameplay is balanced around the flat map and perfect circles...
Yet I can not get over the realistic day night line. If you're going to do one bit right, you have to do all the bits right, not half of it.

You can set things on fire! But there is no incendiary ammo, and things you would expect to burn (hay bales, wooden buildings) don't. Once again, it's a lovely mechanic ripped form original x-com that is implemented half way.

This basically applies to every single item in the game. Research, manufacturing, base development, combat, tooltips, in game information, etc.

I'm enjoying playing this game... in short stints. If I play too long the flaws grate too much and I get frustrated with the game instead of enjoying it.

If you can overlook/don't notice the flaws xenonauts is a solid x-com remake and is be a lot of fun.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
28 of 32 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
68.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2014
THIS IS IT!
This is new version of old classic XCOM serie.
Is this as good as original? It's even better. And I know what I am saying - I'm a big fan of original game.
Developers just took classic game and developed it again trying to improve every aspect. And they achieved their goal.
It's still complex and complicated game but some aspects are wisely simplified.
Game feels very finished but developers still work on that title - BRAVO.

VERDICT:
If you're fan of original XCOM, you must try this, you will probably love it.
If you are a fan of new XCOM version, you should also try it. There is huge chance you will like this game too.
If you are just a fan of good games, you should try this one, because it's just great game.
But if you are fan of modern super graphics ultra simplified 3D games, don't try this. You won't understand what this game is.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
25 of 27 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
65.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
Play it on Normal + Ironman, read a couple of guides, accept that you'll lose a couple times before you put a solid run together, and Xenonauts will stand up as one of the best strategy games you've ever played. More than anything it's the way that Xenonauts keeps tireless pace with me -- I might get an economic or technological edge, only to have my veteran soldiers wiped out by a new enemy type or a bad decision. I adore XCOM -- it's probably my favorite game of the past five years -- but Xenonauts is deeper, tougher, more personal, more detailed, more PC, and a better strategy game if you play it with a bit of patience.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
30 of 38 people (79%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2014
This game is a sort of spiritual sequel to the original Xcom games that I think is a bit more faithful to the original then Enemy Unknown and despite the fact that I enjoyed Enemy Unknown I definately recommend this to somebody who is looking for a more traditional Xcom experience.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
182.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 28, 2014
Love this game. It's very much like the old xcom granted minus some of the graphics of today. I enjoy the fights and while you don't have to do all of them, that's where I have my fun time. To me the game seems a little rushed in play as if you are not researching some things in the right order or making the money to build equipment or ships then you'll be a little on the low side to the aliens. I do feel like they could have added a few more battle fields as they do tend to get repetitive at times. I do wish the environments were a little more destructible like the old xcom. I have had aliens on a few battle fields disappear, which is frustrating when trying to track them down (still won the battle, but saw one shoot and then duck behind a corner and then couldn't find him. If he shots at me he needs to be accounted for in the body count. :) ). In game manual/help and xenopedia could be flushed out more such as, I've got the money to build a 3rd new base, but have been unable to do so. I'm sure that I'm missing something, but can't figure out what. So, little frustrated there. Original xcom was simple in what you could do comparatively (it's hard to match the formula when it was perfect to begin with). Haven't had aliens attack one of my bases yet, while it seems that they have hinted at this by way of base defense I've yet to experience it so it makes me wonder if it was an idea that didn't quite make it.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
20 of 25 people (80%) found this review helpful
125.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2014
If you were a fan of the old Xcom series, you will find this a excellent step in the series.
I liked how they chose to steamline the purchasing of some of the smaller stuff. (No more having to buy every clip of ammo and every flare.)
The only downside is that the missions can become a grind. (But they give you a option to skip them and still get some reward)
I personally found the air combat hard to grasp, simply sim'ing it was easy enough though.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
112.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 19, 2014
Loved this - Played the recent X-COM release and that was good fun, but didn't properly recapture the experience of the original.

Xenonauts is much closer to the original in my opinion, with enough enhancements in simple animations and the way the graphics have been done that if you're a big fan of the originals, this is a must have!
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
19 of 25 people (76%) found this review helpful
77.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 20, 2014
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKnGkCzxJ24

Xenonauts: Xenonauts is a turn-based combat, alien defense simulator. You play the role as the commander of a special military force designated Xenonauts, who are tasked with the defense of earth from extra-terrestrial invaders. You’ll manage multiple bases you place on the globe, build ground and air forces to combat the alien threat, and defend humanity. Research technology gathered from shot down UFOs, and craft advance weapons, armor, vehicles and aircraft to keep toe to toe with the aliens as the get progressively tougher. Xenonauts is a fantastic spiritual sequel to X-COM UFO Defense, with the entire game playing out almost exactly the same. With that come some very odd choices.

You can’t rotate the map and there are many situations where targeting becomes an issue, and a great irritation. Aliens also like to use the open and close door tactic; during the alien’s turn, they can open doors which close for them after their turn ends, this means they will stay glued to the other side of a door, come out the on their turn, take shots at your soldiers and retreat back to safety, however, when attempting this tactic yourself, the door stays open the entire round, meaning the aliens are free to shoot back during their turn. Aliens even seem to know this tactics as many times they are often waiting right behind doors, making it very annoying to advance through bases or UFOs without a guarantee of losing at least one soldier along the way, the only real remedy I found was blowing the doors to high heaven.

The other unfortunate, and boring part of the game is the aircraft combat. The aircraft combat is a top-down view where you set waypoints for your ships to travel, it isn’t easy to change the flight path on the fly and the whole experience feels very slow and unbalanced, I almost always resorted to the auto-resolve, which has its own problems. When auto-resolve is at 100% it’s a guarantee victory, however, if you engage in the real time combat you can actually lose all of your fighters. On the flip side, there have been battles with an auto-resolve 0% rating but, when I engaged in the combat I was able to win. Also, alien space ships seem to have unlimited ammo while you have a very limited amount for your own fighters. The whole thing felt messy and unrewarding, you don’t get to see your ships engage in the combat other than green radar blips you see all the time, so auto-resolve seemed the best and most convenient way to deal with the aliens, this is a pretty big part of the game aside from ground combat and it’s a shame it isn’t more exciting or balanced, there’s also no way to take down aircraft without damaging it.

The other major complaint I have is the lack of mission variety, crash sites are won either by eliminating all aliens or capturing and holding their ships for 5 turns, alien bases are won by either destroying the power core or eliminating all aliens. Those are the only two varieties and couple that with small map variety and the game can start feeling very tedious. Some other things felt missing like a graph for finance and approval ratings from the various countries and just some minor graphical bugs I’ve experienced.

I’ve enjoyed my time with Xenonauts, and would like to see it expanded upon, with more maps, missions, added tools and utilities, and better combat and varied environments. I could go into more detail, honestly, I’m seriously happy with Xenonauts despite my gripes with the combat aspect, I want more and always have and will and the game here is very well crafted with great visuals, music and atmosphere. Thankfully there is a great modding community who may add all that I could think of in a Xenonauts game, but, in the future, I wish for the game to be successful and for more to be added on by the creators.

TL/DL; Xenonauts is a great spiritual sequel of the X-Com series. If you like those games remotely, you’ll love this one. It’s heavy with atmosphere, mostly great combat, the thrill of progress and the feeling you get when you nail a tough mission with flying colors.

-Thumbs up from Royial

Video Reviews can be found at: www.youtube.com/user/RoyialNetwork
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
137.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 3, 2014
A great remake of the original X-Com. Use strategy to defend Earth from invading alien ships by building bases, radars, aircraft, and weapons. The success of your defense efforts determines how well your program is funded as the game progresses. Research new technology to keep up with the increasing intensity of the invasion, and to understand the aliens' plans. Secure landing/crash sites of alien ships using your Xenonaut team(s), which plays out in a turn-based tactical style.

This game has a lot of deep strategy elements to it and is done in a cool retro art style. Not graphically the greatest game ever, but it is well executed and has compelling gameplay.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
81.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 20
I am pleasantly surprised.

The original X-Com was best known for its punishing difficulty. But it was also known, among people who played it much, for its annoying idiosyncracies and irritations. Xenonauts does away with many of these, simplifying things while keeping much of the difficulty. For example, you can define soldier classes that have no game effect, but allow you to set default equipment. Standard-issue gear costs nothing and takes up no space, because a base commander has better things to do than count rifle clips. Base defenses are automatically upgraded, because really, who wants to rebuild base components every time you research a new tech?

Some things are harder: The tech tree seems to keep things a little more out of reach, and funding is absolutely brutal. Some things are easier: Riot shields. Oh my God, riot shields. Instead of ablative rookie shields, lead your squad with a guy with a shield and a pistol. Why the hell didn't we have these in the original X-Com. It feels so good (and it won't help at all when a Chryssalid, or whatever they call them in Xenonauts, comes knocking). Also, if you crash an interceptor, your engineers will recover it and put it back together in a week or so. Losing an expensive ship near the beginning of the game is no longer painful enough to make you want to start over.

A personal favorite feature of mine is airstrikes. Are there four small crashed UFOs on the map at once? Do you need cash? Do you cringe at the thought of playing them all out? Just hit the airstrike button and the local military will blow it away, recover the scrap, and pay you for your donation...less than you'd get from a raid, but well worth the savings of player time. Also, intercepting alien ships is pretty rad. New dimension that X-Com never had, and it might not be your thing; you order your planes around in realtime, outflanking and gunning down the enemy with nifty fields of fire. Personally I could take it or leave it, but there's an autoresolve button, and since you can recover crashed ships it won't instantly ♥♥♥♥ you over!

If you've ever heard me complain about Galactic Civilizations II, you know I hate bad humor, especially in tech trees. I know...I'm weirdly specific that way. Well, your lead scientist in Xenonauts has an irritating intellectual superiority complex, but it's written *just right*, enough that you get a wonderful, subtle characterization just from the tech reports, no cutscenes required. You want to deck him in the face, not turn him off entirely. Well done, Goldhawk.

Anyway, I've played to the point where I'm through the first terror mission, and I gotta say there's a huge difficulty spike. Just as it should be. If you think the first month is too easy, take another look at your funding, and wait for some pain to roll into tactical. As a big fan of the original X-Com, I heartily endorse this game: Cleaning up all the annoyances and adding a few new features has truly made it new again. It's the game we loved, without the trappings of retro. Clear your calendar.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
33.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 17
Truly great
tactical turn-based game. Clearly a must-have if you're a fan of the genre!
Similar to: X-Com series, Jagged Alliance series, Door Kickers, Fallout Tactics, UFO series, Deadline, Breach & Clear, Arma Tactics, and more.
Xenonauts is a spiritual successor to the classic X-Com series and it does that very well. Very challenging game where you often need to truly be tactical in order to succeed.

What's the game about?
Aliens are invading and only You can defend us!
.. well, something like that.

What makes it a challenging game?
It's incredibly easy to die, especially in the early game and you have to be careful, tactical, in order for your soldiers to survive. Don't let anyone go alone, don't rush in without cover, don't be stupid.



This YouTube video has some nice tips if you need help getting started, I think that he explained things briefly but thoroughly :)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHJ4gqex0Ok
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
37.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
At its core, Xenonauts is a loving re-creation of one of the greatest strategy games of all time. It retains the strategic elements perfectly, and the brutal difficulty is still right there.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny