UFO: Aftershock is a combination of tactical squad combat and global strategy that enhances and expands upon its prequel, UFO: Aftermath.
Release Date: Oct 21, 2005
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7,5/10 – IGN

About This Game

UFO: Aftershock is a combination of tactical squad combat and global strategy that enhances and expands upon its prequel, UFO: Aftermath.

It is the year 2054. Fifty years after the disaster. Fifty years after the surface of Earth became uninhabitable. Retreating to the flying haven of the Laputa the remnants of humankind clung onto existence. Then a revolt against the increasingly rigid and corrupt human leadership of the Laputa escalated into a conflict that destroyed the colony. Now, the remaining survivors flee once again. Can they reclaim the Earth from the unknown forces that chased them into the skies?

Key features:

  • Intertwining global strategy and small scale tactical missions
  • Strategic resource and base management
  • Enhanced SAS (Simultaneous Action System) and RPG system in tactical play
  • Fight your way through multi-level buildings, inside and out
  • New amazing items and technologies to research and develop
  • Radical new training and experience system
  • New terrifying enemies and powerful allies
  • Added diplomacy element
  • New gripping storyline
  • Interactive destructible environment

    System Requirements

      Minimum:
      • OS: Windows XP
      • Processor: Intel Pentium® III or AMD® Athlon 1GHz
      • Memory: 512 MB RAM
      • Graphics: nVidia® GeForceTM 5700 or ATI Radeon® 9500
      • Hard Drive: 4 MB available space
      • Sound Card: MS DirectX® 9.0 compatible soundcard
      Recommended:
      • OS: Windows XP/7/8
      • Processor: Intel Pentium® IV or AMD® Athlon 2GHz
      • Memory: 768 MB RAM
      • Graphics: nVidia® GeForceTM 6600 or ATI Radeon® 9700 Pro
      • Hard Drive: 5 MB available space
      • Sound Card: MS DirectX® 9.0 compatible soundcard
    Helpful customer reviews
    2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
    9.8 hrs on record
    Posted: March 25
    I remember seeing this game for sale in places like Wal-Mart and Best Buy when it was new, never seen a copy sell before, and I learned that the game had STARFORCE which was debatably a very destructive DRM method at the time. I read reviews and learned the game had quite a few bugs. Well, a decade later, the DRM's removed and a handful of bugs are patched, the game's very playable. How is it? Well...

    Graphics: They've aged pretty well for a game from that era, to be honest. Lot of stuff looks great, the aesthetic doesn't do much that's displeasing unless it's intentional, such as for cultists and mutants. Ragdolls were fairly new at the time and they generally added proper weight to the models in this game. Only gripe I have is would've liked a skybox that resembles the skies seen during loading screens. Not a big deal.

    Sound: Guns sound like guns, explosions sound like explosions, lasers sound like typical lasers in media, and usually distinguishable from one another. Soundtrack is pleasant enough that it doesn't exactly butt in. Voice acting isn't bad either! Minor complaint, all of the soldiers really sound as though they're sick of your crap.

    Story: Not much to say that isn't spoiling the major plot points that you uncover, but seems pretty well-written and thought out. Gist is humans escaped earth on colossal space colonies/prisons? called Laputas, they decided to try and reclaim the earth, and they find it's a total mess.

    Mechanics: Without referencing other games, which is often lazy, on missions it's a squad-based real time strategy that you can pause and speed up/slow down as needed. Outside of missions, it's a lot of base management, politics, resource balancing, and land grabbing as well as development. And I'm talking a LOT of base management, it's really quite complex, not for the feint of heart, but pretty rewarding how much depth there is. Using other games as reference, missions play similar to Fallout Tactics or X-Com 3: Apocalypse's missions.

    Buyer Beware: Probably the biggest issue I'd like to mention is that it's buggy. I recall it being buggier in the past, not sure how buggy it is at this point, but there's content that's in the game that doesn't work like what it says on the tin.

    Overall: Quite enjoyable, and quite fun, bugs aside. Might be a little needlessly complex for some, the price is absolutely right as well. If you enjoy this one, you may enjoy the somewhat less complex UFO: Afterlight, which takes place at the same time, granted the visual aesthetics are a bit different.
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    29 of 32 people (91%) found this review helpful
    4.1 hrs on record
    Posted: April 29, 2014
    (Youtube link the bottom of review)
    UFO Aftershock is the second of the three and in my opion the best of them. Aftershock follows on after the first, the Biomass has taken over and colonies of mutants are appearing, both friendly and unfriendly. Aftershock follows more of a story line with side missions of helping other fractions for rewards such as territory and favour.

    The weaponry is far larger than Aftermath, bringing in alien weapons to begin with, to then creating various human weapons, to stronger energy weapons. Each of the human weapons can have customisations such as stabalisers, scopes and muzzles to improve them further.

    Soldiers can be trained still, but furthermore the player now has input into what stats are enhanced, meaning that if you want to create a squad of Snipers, you're not waiting for the right soldiers to come by with the right traits, but with the investment of time can make them yourself. This offer a great deal more personalisation to squad development.

    Two new troop types have been added aswell appearing as Psionics with telepathic abilities and the Cyborgs who can manipulate inplants that enhance stats.

    Combat is a lot easier, however when moving troops during live play, can often lead to difficulties as the actions switch to any character whose finished an order, or pausing for various reasons. This is a decent RTS that rivals most recent releases and for a game nearly 10 years old, it has fantastic playability and easily 60-100 hours of gameplay.

    The full screen issue I would say is not a problem. I play on a 22" and have some small black lines down each side, but it doesnt take anything away from the game. There are fixes and patches on the news link where the developer of fix has commented for anyone who needs really wants full screen.

    Check out my video below for the first 15 minutes of play which show you a number the features discussed above.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvPGWLqKo6A
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    27 of 34 people (79%) found this review helpful
    10.9 hrs on record
    Posted: April 18, 2014
    Given how old it is this is a fun little nugget in the vein of old school XCOM, easily worth $5
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    14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
    55.8 hrs on record
    Posted: June 21, 2014
    A little old but very nice. Took over, in spirit, where the original XCOM left off. I really like the customizable soldiers, weapons and armour. I really like the ability to alter and adapt soldier load out.
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    13 of 23 people (57%) found this review helpful
    42.7 hrs on record
    Posted: April 19, 2014
    short time play but intend to play for longer so ill update if i find anythink ^.^
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    This here game reminds me of the game Xcom that the first game to be clear but with updated details to a point and some nice new toys to play with it makes it fun interseting and can almost keep up with the new xcom unknown i would say if you like games like that then get this or look into it on youtube a bit before you try but heck till then im going to go back fighting the good fight
    Pros
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    this game has a ton todo form your team members all with they own kind of personaly and gifts but with time can become anyone you wish they have nicknames so you know who who and you can add new armor guns close range toys so on like in xcom but where you can parts like head and chest and not only that you have groups/races to add to your time to mix the taste that your unit works as
    you also have a nice base maker, nice world map where you pick the mission even if it does fill a tad force side mission are fun but felt like i had to go on a given path but till loved it none the less, no only you have ammo needs and funding along with ally who love or hate yer and they play a good part in how long you will live as member then to well bite the dust for good very easly
    you do fill as if your growing on you know skills and time you may fill like it just how the game is played out but how you place and how you ready your self for what is to come mean life and death
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    cons-
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    this game is not with out it cons take the Ai for starts at this time i only come across a limited number of AI but the range ones i have seen didnt put up to much of a fight or more and less bum rushed me in large numbers what can be hard to react to i think personly that i just suck as this but then again when you have 3 Ufos run at you guns fireing but not looking for cover it tends leave one wundering,
    the gift to play with a unit is wunderfull but there simple things that i love to beable to do like name chance or maybe small little face chance somethink to make me fill as if they my own they have a nick name thing but that just do much for me
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    well just a reminder im not done yet i intend to play a full game see all the toys all the races and all the base parts but thank you for reading this drop me a line some time if you like and good luck
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    4 of 9 people (44%) found this review helpful
    1 person found this review funny
    9.0 hrs on record
    Posted: December 7, 2014
    dont get me wrong i have alway love the ufo trilogy since my i was about 16-17 years old the reason is i find its quite an interesting series of stories that are uniqe what i dont like however is the fact that with all three is the slightest mistake put you at the losing end and forces you to start all over again still at least its good exercise for the brain and once you get into them you cant stop playing

    i realy do love these games there so addictive and the story not that bad either.

    NOTE: ufo online and ufo extraterestrial both are not related way shape or form to the ufo trilogy games

    for these reasons and note i will repeat this reveiw with ufo aftermath and ufo afterlight my persoal rating for all three games combined 8/10
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    5 of 12 people (42%) found this review helpful
    155.8 hrs on record
    Posted: July 11, 2014
    Just picked this up on Steam recently but played this game several times years ago. Forgot how long it was. Far too long. Should have ended after the mothership is destroyed. Once your team is geared up, it's ez mode and you just fight the same stuff over and over on the same maps. Of the 3 games in the UFO series, this is the worst of them. Not that the game is bad, it just goes on for way too long.

    Camera can be finicky at times. While moving it around it tends to climb and dip depending on what you pass over.

    Adding things to the factory que can involve far too many clicks depending on what and how many you are making. eg: Energon. Que up 500 = 500 mouse clicks.

    Playing this on Win7 pro64 with no game breaking bugs. However there seems to be a memory leak.
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    1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
    0.2 hrs on record
    Posted: February 14
    As fun as RTS XCOM sounds, it seems to be a bit dated. No, I don't mean gameplay-wise.
    http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=392542230
    I get that message every time I try to launch it, and so far nobody's found a fix. Oh well.
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    1 of 15 people (7%) found this review helpful
    9.8 hrs on record
    Posted: January 4
    Its fun but buggy. I cannot recommend.
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    1 of 25 people (4%) found this review helpful
    0.2 hrs on record
    Posted: December 1, 2014
    this game is broken
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    16 of 66 people (24%) found this review helpful
    1 person found this review funny
    340.5 hrs on record
    Posted: August 9, 2014
    After about 1800 hours of gameplay, I have come to the conclusion that this game is not finished in its design and is criminally wrong that it is even on the market. Period...
    Version 1.2 doesn't allow an ending/conclusion to the games scenario. You just keep defending Laputian territory from endless attacks from a Starghost ship that you cannot touch or counter. Research just stops. Their is no diplomatic option to end the war or negotiate with either the remnants of the cultist or the alien starghost.
    Despite a brillant approach to tactical combat at the beginning. The game draws you in only to have the formentioned probems arise in the middle of the game and finishes with.....well it doesn't......
    DON'T BOTHER PURCHASING MUCH LESS PLAYING THIS GAME. The developers (Cenegma)should be sued for releasing this game and give every purchaser a refund.
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    0.1 hrs on record
    Posted: March 10
    The game itself is great. I played it back in the day. Unfortunately it doesn't support widescreen display and i have not been able to find a way around this. No variation of patching or mods has allowed me to actually play the game. I just get a crash message on startup. It was only 99p but i'm disappointed because it is a fun game i wanted to play again.
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    53.5 hrs on record
    Posted: February 22
    I recommend downloading the unoffical .3 patch. Fixes a couple game breaking bugs. The game is great up until you beat the first 'boss'. The research from there on out to progress the game takes stupidly long, with absolutely no way of speeding up. It's like they made a game intending on the first 'boss' being the only one... then just threw some other stuff in and forced the research to drag out. After researching all non-story items... I just put it on max fast foward and let them have whatever they want... doesn't effect the story. Oh... and stock up on ammo on the first boss... you can't get any during the VERY long series of fights.
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