UFO: Extraterrestrials Gold
Purchased as part of a bundle from Bundle Stars. I played X-Com so many times when I was in University and completed it and Terror from the Deep at least once. Played this for over 20 hours.
So much nostalgia. UFO really captures everything about the original X-Com game perfectly and with updated graphics to match modern displays but many of the graphics look unpolished but functional. But that's not where the heart of UFO is.. it's in the strategic management of cash, research, building, manufacturing, expanding and alien hunting.
As ever the missions are the best part: shoot down a UFO over land you get to send your team on a mission to slay/stun the invaders and bring back their technology, corpses and the occasional live specimen for your own probing experimentation... then it's back to base to research and re-equip.
I had a lot of nostalgic fun with the game and while the weak graphics do jar the game mechanics are as solid and fun as ever.
The Bman mod is included and it's well worth tinkering with the well annotated mods before you start playing. There is a temptation to make the game really easy (and the mod will let you make things a lot simpler.. giving more cash and stats for missions, etc.) but if you try some moderate tweaks you'll find the game remains a lot of fun while making progress easier. I recommend playing the game untweaked till you learn the ropes and then start a new game with the tweaks that make it fun for you.
*Recaptures the feel of the original X-Com game all too well.
*Lots to buy and equip.
*Missions are really fun and get more so as you level up.
*Renaming and equipping troops makes a squad to be proud of.
*Random base missions are fun and add extra drama.
*Lots of replay value.
*Can save at almost any time.
*No tutorial: using med packs was really confusing until i googled it.
*Visuals are sometimes under whelming.
*Slow loading of sector map on missions.
*Slow processing of alien moves when out of line of sight.
*Obtaining and identifying Commanders is really tough without a mod tweak.
*Some aliens are invisible to some marines (when floating over rocks).
*Feels really dated, which works for fans of the original.
*Grenades can feel overpowered.
*Saves are too useful for avoiding heavy losses that are hard to come back from.
Lovers of the first 2 X-Com games. Sci-fi fans who like their aliens unfriendly and their humans just as violent. Fans of strategy games will have something to get into here too.
7/10. Huge fun once you get past the visuals and start to enjoy the strategy and base management elements.