Great game for those loving strategy, resource management, and tactics.
It is a slow, strategic unit-based game when on the battlefield, and you have infinite time to come up with your optimal strategy to destroy your enemies. You are never stressed because of lack of time to think.
When on the world map, you get to decide which trainings to assign to your soldiers, scientists, and technicians and where to allocate them to be most effective. You perform research, make weapons, etc. There is not a whole lot of buildings to be made, unlike alot of strategy games, and they only perform specific functions.
The game is slow at the start, but it picks up the pace after the Inter-galactic gate opens (don't quit playing until this point, because that is when it gets good).
The map variety is somewhat lacking on the generic maps, but there is more variety once you get into the different races and their specific maps and structures.
Same thing with units. You will only see 2 different types of enemies until the galactic gate opens, at which point 3 or 4 more types will be available.
There is also a cool RPG element to it, in that each of your soldiers/scientists/technicains levels up every once in a while, and you get to distribute Attribute points to help them perform better. Sadly, you cannot create your own character, although that would be cool to see in a DLC or future expansion.
Weapons come in good variety. There are melee weapons, old firearms from Old Earth, new firearms that can be researched, scientific lasers used by scientists, and then alien weapons of many different kinds.
Although gameplay is somewhat linear near the beginning, as you go on your research and production decisions will have more impact on how you are able to deal with certain challenges and such.
Generally a good and challenging game. Very rewarding feeling when you complete each mission. (especially if you've lost a soldier before :P)
Also, bit of advice: Your UFO can carry 7 people maximum. CRAM AS MANY PEOPLE IN THERE AS YOU CAN. If you don't, then it can be easy to be overwhelmed by enemies, and then everything gets messy.
Publicado: 13 febrero 2014