X-COM Terror from the Deep is a huge strategy game based mainly on the players descision on many things at once. The plot is that Earth is being invaded by aliens from the sea who aren't hesitant to kill anyone preventing them from their main goal: Taking over the entire planet. The player's job is to be the Lead Commander of the whole X-COM facilities. The player is given a simple job: Stop the aliens from destroying the world. Now, when I saw "Lead Commander", I mean exactly that. The player controls everything that is given to it, such as sending out patrols, whether to attc\ack aliens or not, buying/selling materials, hireing people to work for you, and a whole lot more.
This game is, like I said, a big strategy game. It involves lots of numbers, and money is extremely important. If you don't have enough money till the end of the month, the world governers shut down X-COM and the aliens win. The player has to make the right choices on what to manufacture, patrol, construct, attack, and most importantly, research. I have to say, researching is the key factor of getting the most out of this game. Without research, the player will have to stick to harpoon guns which don't do that much damage at first. But with research, the player can have better weapons that deal more damage, and I mean a LOT of damage.
This game is pixelated, so it's graphics are kinda poor. But the strategy, thinking, and the numbers all come together in this, so the player needs to really take everything into account when it invovles money. Battling is pretty intense too. The battle system is based around the player having it's turn to get it's men together and plan an attack. Most of the battles are under water, so it's pretty dark at first. But when the player starts moving it's men around, the environment starts to pan out and you have a good look on the battleground. Once the player has done it's turn, it's time for the aliens turn. The aliens basically do whatever the player can do: move, attack, or run away and group up. It's all based on strategy and knowing what aleins have what, cause it's not just one kind of alien attacking Earth. There are many species of aliens and all have different capabilities than other aliens.
I fully recommend this game for the strategic and brain power one has to use, and is my dad's favorite game, so after watching him play a lot, and after me playing a while myself, I've come to fully enjoy this game. I hope you will too.
Posted: February 12th, 2014