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UFO: Extraterrestrials GOLD is a new GOLD edition which includes a number of changes and improvements giving a player a new look on the classic game: new maps, possibility to hire soldiers, globe UFO swarms and configurability.
Release Date: Feb 17, 2010
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UFO: Extraterrestrials GOLD is a new GOLD edition which includes a number of changes and improvements giving a player a new look on the classic game: new maps, possibility to hire soldiers, globe UFO swarms and configurability. UFO: Extraterrestrials GOLD represents fiction in which the human race faces a threat from space, aimed to be a spiritual sequel developed by Chaos Concept. The game picks up where the original left off, incorporating a twist of the aliens defeating Earth. The game is set on a newly colonized planet named Esperanza, where the alien threat has just arrived.

New items to research and produce:

  • Proximity Grenades,
  • Personal Energetic Shields,
  • Jetpacks
  • Autoguided Rocket Launcher with ballistic ammo
  • Cyborg Battlearmor.
  • Hydraulic Suite and many others

Other New Features

  • Radar map in missons and a combat log
  • Possibility to hire soldiers
  • Cooperating UFO swarms on globe
  • Performance optimizations

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 2000/XP/Vista
    • Processor: 1.5 Ghz Processor
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 2.6 GB of free space
    • Graphics: 128 MB Video Card with DirectX 9.0c compatible drivers
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
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42 of 45 people (93%) found this review helpful
133 products in account
9 reviews
42.8 hrs on record
UFO: Extraterrestrials Gold

Background:
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.

Impressions:
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.

The Good:
*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.


The Bad:
*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.

Recommended for:
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.

Conclusion.
7/10. Huge fun once you get past the visuals and start to enjoy the strategy and base management elements.
Posted: November 26th, 2013
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20 of 20 people (100%) found this review helpful
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1 review
35.0 hrs on record
This is an amazing UFO: Enemy Unknown remake. The Gold edition (Lite Bman's mod) made the vanilla version a much better game. If possible install the Full version of Bman's mod to fix some bugs and add some extra content (sounds and original xcom aliens) to the game. There's also a great mod to the game called Grayfiend's Unimod that improves the graphics details, adds new gameplay mechanics, adds the ability to play on Earth, improves the tactical maps randomization, etc.
Posted: December 31st, 2013
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16 of 16 people (100%) found this review helpful
25 products in account
13 reviews
3.0 hrs on record
I highly recommend this if you liked the original XCOM games! I see this game as a more true spiritual successor to XCOM: Ufo Defense (otherwise known as UFO: Enemy Unknown in Australia), and XCOM: Terror from the Deep. It's not just lasers and plasma, but there are multiple levels to alien tech - and the humans, once they have researched them all, come up with their own one, which is even better. Aliens get progressively more difficult, which makes a really long campaign really challenging and rewarding once you get to the end. I just found the new XCOM: Enemy Unknown was a bit short, and much more cinematic - great game on its own right, but not really a spiritual successor to the original XCOM games
Posted: December 3rd, 2013
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
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12 reviews
104.1 hrs on record
Not sure why but this seems to be ignored by most XCOM fans, although it is a quite good and fairly modern version of the originals. Of course now that the new 3D remake is available this may seem obsolete and it still suffers from a few bugs, but if you are in the mood it still can be fun to play through at least once. The game plays well, the visuals are nothing special but look good still and the gameplay (both the combat and the base management) is fluid and flawless.
Posted: January 17th, 2014
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1 of 6 people (17%) found this review helpful
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1 review
20.9 hrs on record
Just purchased this game as I used to play it all the time. Installed the game everything worked up until I get to the first mission then game keeps crashing. Waste of £10 can't seem to fix it
Posted: March 27th, 2014
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