My first experience with the game was a demo that only gave you one playable mission. Needless to say I was hooked but I would not see this game again until a couple years later when I found it at an outlet store...and boy was I in for a surprise.
Terror from the deep turned out to be much more immersing then I had previously expected and within just a few hours of playing XCOM:TFTD became one of my all time favorite video games on PC.
Where do you start with a video game that is so expansive?! I guess at the beginning. From the onset it's all about decision making. Where is your location going to be, what type of research are you going to work on, how many weapons do you purpose you need to go into battle? These are all decisions that are up to you and from the gate I've personally never experience such huge responsibility in a video game before. Throw the fact that you only have so much money to do this with then your really in for an intense decision making situation and we haven't even gotten into any gameplay!
The games plays on a 24hr(fake time of course) time globe(that is right a globe) that charts everything on a day to day basis so a mission can happen at any moment. There are two types of battle situations. The first situation arrives from alien ship intercepts where you send your weapon fighter space jet to battle with a spotted UFO. These encounters don't last but for a few seconds but it is from this you continue to appreciate the significant amount of detail this game has to offer. From this you may destroy, damage, or retreat from the engaged aircraft and as a result you may just be in for a very tough battle ahead of you.
Enemy ships can crash, or land safely upon the ocean floor and from there the real battle takes place. As it was from the start every decision you make from fitting your squad with the right amount of armor to positioning them in the right area for combat are critical to your overall success in these missions. The gameplay is turn-based and somewhat similar to moving chess pieces across a board, only, in this case your pieces can move a lot more and pack fire power a plenty.
All the while an eerie soundtrack is playing as you move your players across an uncharted plain uncertain of where the enemy may be. The decision making, the uncertainty, the sheer adulation of a successful mission where everyone of your crew makes it home safe, these are the experiences that make up Terror from the Deep.
Though this is not the more popular game of the series XCOM-TFTD was my first foray into the franchise and the experience was definitely worth more then the price of admission. Though recently the series has found its self on the next gen platform, I recommend you experience this classic masterpiece that once gave me hours of pure on the edge of your seat fun...and its a strategy game people how much more convincing do you need?!!!
Indsendt: 12 September 2013