UFO: Aftershock is a combination of tactical squad combat and global strategy that enhances and expands upon its prequel, UFO: Aftermath.
User reviews: Positive (14 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 21, 2005
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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

      • 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
      • 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
    16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
    4.1 hrs on record
    (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.

    Posted: April 29
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    6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
    55.8 hrs on record
    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.
    Posted: June 21
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    1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
    155.8 hrs on record
    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.
    Posted: July 11
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    4 of 19 people (21%) found this review helpful
    340.4 hrs on record
    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.
    Posted: August 9
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    22 of 28 people (79%) found this review helpful
    10.9 hrs on record
    Given how old it is this is a fun little nugget in the vein of old school XCOM, easily worth $5
    Posted: April 18
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    9 of 17 people (53%) found this review helpful
    42.7 hrs on record
    short time play but intend to play for longer so ill update if i find anythink ^.^
    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
    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
    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

    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
    Posted: April 19
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