There's something evil in the city tonight... Earth has been ravaged by human excess, petty conflict and alien invasion. The world's population has been herded into huge cities, the first of which was Mega Primus. 2084: A Utopia shattered, social collapse and civil unrest reigns in Mega Primus. Fiendish aliens terrorize the city.
User reviews: Very Positive (134 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 15, 1997

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Includes 5 items: X-COM: Terror From the Deep, X-COM: Apocalypse, X-COM: Interceptor, X-COM: UFO Defense, X-COM: Enforcer

 

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There's something evil in the city tonight...

Earth has been ravaged by human excess, petty conflict and alien invasion. The world's population has been herded into huge cities, the first of which was Mega Primus.

2084: A Utopia shattered, social collapse and civil unrest reigns in Mega Primus. Fiendish aliens terrorize the city. UFOs swarm through Dimensional Gateways. The city's under siege from an unknown enemy.

Your mission, as X-COM Commander, is to combat alien aggression and uncover their deadly intentions. But Beware! Alien infiltration into the city and its politics could see you under fire from criminal gangs, religious sects, and even the police!

Alien fleets fill the skies, creatures terrorize the city, chaos reigns... Welcome to the war, welcome to the Apocalypse.

Features:

  • Explosive third game from the highly successful and thrilling X-Com series, following X-COM: UFO Defense and X-COM: Terror from the Deep.
  • Battle alien invasion fleets over the city of Mega Primus in real-time.
  • Combat the alien infestation in real-time or turn-based tactical missions.
  • Research alien-based technology. Create newer and more destructive weaponry.
  • Destroy alien sympathizers and stem alien infiltration. Wage war on new worlds in the Alien Dimension.

System Requirements

    • Supported OS: Microsoft® 2000/XP/Vista®
    • Processor: Pentium 90MHz or better
    • Memory: 16Mb RAM
    • Graphics: Supported 32Mb Graphics Card
    • Sound Cards Supported: Sound Blaster and 100% compatibles, Microsoft Sound System, ESS Audio Drive, ProAudio Spectrum, Ensoniq Soundscape and Gravis UltraSound
    • Hard Drive: 60 MB Hard Disk Space
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
238.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
If Steam had a levelled rating system to describe games, like a 1-10 scale or a 5 stars thing, I would by unable to ever make myself rate this game any less than the maximum. Do yourself a favor and get this game, despite its age. GET IT.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
26.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
This is a special game. It's really different from the original UFO Defense and Terror from the Deep games, but yet, it is still classic in its's own way and for me, it will always be the part of the original X-Com series. The graphics may look odd at the first glance, but this game has really nice and deep atmosphere, great creepy music and the overall feeling, that you are just a weak group against something really powerfull and there's danger anywhere all the time.

Instead of whole Earth, your goal is to protect a single city. But it is a hard task indeed. I especially love the base and soldiers management as well as all the different corporations working/hating/fighting with each other and that you can have different relations with them every single gameplay.

Research/manufacturing is also really nice and helps in keeping you excited to move forward. The aerial combat is pretty neat as well and one of my favorite feature tbh. It's the first game (and only one basically) in the X-COM strategy brand, where you can personally affect the result of air battles yourself. You can command your crafts and fighters, tell them, how agrresive they should be or how low or high they should fly and engage targets. Sometimes, specially late-game, after a battle with huge alien motherships, you realize that you just demolished half of the city, which is epic, but gives you a lot of negative backlash from the corporations owning the buildings as well.

The ground combat, or the classic terror and UFOs missions are ok. It had its flaws back then already when it came out and in comparison with modern games it's even more obvious now. But it's nothng that would prevent you from finishing the game.

Storywise, I found that the game was quite lacking by its end and the last missions were really stereotypical and mostly boring. The start of the game till mid-game was the most exciting part for me. And trust me, that it's well worth it.

Soo, in sum.. If you liked the original games, get this game ASAP and play it. Hopefully, you will like it too. Has it's flaws maybe, but it's still oldschool X-COM piece and much better than most recent crap games.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
The old school is alive. Buy it and start from the basis.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
I have spent hundreds of hours with Apocalypse over the years. It's turn based and real time mixed combat is great, and you can mod the game to your hearts content. Much fun
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
52.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
If you can get past the weird issues DosBox has with newer computers, this is by far the best of the original 5 XCOM games. You can buy a variety of vehicles and customize them from weapons to storage modules. I love how there are small companies also fighting to survive in the post-apocalypic city of Megaprimus and the fact that each one manufactures their own equipment and can be raided for supplies or even removed from the city! Another great feature is the ability to play missions in either turn based OR real time, incase you don't know this is the first only XCOM game to allow real time battles! There are so many of great things in this game, but i'm sure that if I listed them ALL I would be breaking the record for longest game review!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
346.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
I still find this the best game in the xcom series bar none. If the developers of the latest remakes took a good look at this game an improved on it we'd have something truly awesome on our hands. Sadly the game mechanics of the recent remakes are all a step back on several points in comparison to this game. If you're a fan of the xcom serious you have to try this game, and play the real time battles. Enjoy.
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0 of 5 people (0%) found this review helpful
68.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
A classic ruined with errors, I often get black screens and crashes. Its so annoying after you complete a tough mission and then all your progress is lost. If it wasn't for that I would of highly rated this game, If you can remember to save very very often it can minimaize this problem but it would be 100 times better without the faults.

I run it on vista, 4GB RAM, quad-core processor and ATI Radeon HD 4800
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31.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
"Commander, you have been tasked with protecting our city from an interdimensional gateway recently located on the grid. Situation includes gangs which are constantly pressing the local police, a new radical cult which has risen in wake of the dimensional warp, and a class separation between humans, hybrids, and androids which has reached unprecedented levels. On top of this, our supporters are becoming increasingly weary of our ability to maintain control. Keep these factors in mind as you venture out in your mission to bring peace to Mega-Primus.
As head of X-COM, a facility with staff and equipment are at your disposal in order to determine the origins and nature of the alien threat. We have allocated both science and engineering assets, as well as a fully equipped security detachment with ground and air capabilities. There are a few vacancies in town should you require additional real estate to better manage the organization.
The aliens wield technologies never seen before - weapons, interdimensional craft, shield and cloaking devices - acquiring these artifacts and reverse engineering them for military implemention should be your top priority. Until our forces and technology are comparable to the interdimensional beings, we have little chance of keeping the intruders at bay. Local markets will also benefit from technological advancement, just watch that your discoveries do not fall into the wrong hands.
Take advantage of your surroundings. Drawing from the Hybrid and Android populations, as well as your human counterparts, will prove vital to success on the ground. Alliances with the police, transit companies, and military suppliers will also be important to logistics. It's up to you, how to contend with the gangs, but definitely leverage your position to quench the cult's illegal activities.
With proper asset management, resource implementation, and mission execution in the air and on the ground, we believe you have everything you need to disrupt the malicious activity converging in our beloved city. Good luck Commander."
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23 of 25 people (92%) found this review helpful
105.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
X-COM: Apocalypse is certainly the best XCOM game to start with if you are new to the franchise. Earlier XCOMs are doubly confusing, (though Apocalypse is still just as strange to a new player), but this entry eases that pain. With less aliens to deal with, a concentrated area to defend, and an interesting array of human enemies to fight, there are many pluses as to why Apocalypse is a great title. This is why I enjoyed it so damn much.

-Internal intrigue amongst the human factions in the city are so, so fun. Building relationships with arms dealers, police, service providers and infastructure moguls makes for a very different play through every single time. Really cracking down on the alien cult? Well their weapon providers won't like you much. Blowing up a Diablo gang block? The police may just pat you on the back. Having an organization supporting you makes things easier, but not much

-Premade alien portals made stationing your defense just a little bit easier. Granted, further on the game your Hovercars are going to be taking a big alien ♥♥♥♥, so its a little stressful. You never truly know whats going to happen with alien assaults, and that does get a little bit annoying. I was taking out a UFO incursion, and a stray missile of mine took up an entire block. Needless to say, I had to deal with enemy Hovercars and UFOs (though it was humerous when a UFO destroyed the enemy fleet!).

-Actual alien incursions are fun, challenging, and very thrilling. Searching for your opponents in giant Hab blocks, shopping malls, and warehouses makes for an exciting chase, and once you get down to the firefight, a brutal battle ensues. What makes XCOM: Apocalypse so unique is its combination of face-paced turns, and really amazing physics (especially for the time). Other similiar titles, like Jagged Alliance 2 and Fallout, don't have gigantic, map changing explosions, massive destruction, and just so much death. Its also very balanced. Like the former two references, you can't take on a huge alien incursion with just 4 guys unless you really plan your ♥♥♥♥ out, while in JA2, if you have 4 high level Mercs, you can take out entire bases. Expect a challenge!

-Tech development and organization managment is really fun. Equipining and specializing your operatives makes for some fun team ups. I personally never tried PSI, but I do love putting heavy weapons on my androids. Nothing says 'burnt as ♥♥♥♥ alien' then an Android firing incendiary with his Megapol Autocannon! Different armours, jump packs, stun guns, and other fun items leaves for interesting tactical situations. You can take aliens alive to study, capture alien weapons, or just Duke Nukem everything not human. Vehicles are varied, with all sorts of different armaments, and can be equiped for many different roles. I like to have a hovercar with heavy anti-structure weaponry, just to give a big 'Screw you' to any cults that may try to attack my base.

In closing, XCOM is a great strategy game for a moderately experienced player who enjoys turn based games. It is challenging, but rewarding, and the memories I've had with this game are truly remarkable. A must buy for any fan of JA2, the Fallouts, or even more conventional RTS fans looking to branch out.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
70.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
Great game! Loved it so much when it first came out that I had to get it again now.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
XCom Apocalypse is really one of the best games out there in my humble opinion.

It's game play and story line is pretty awesome with the game slowly feeding you more difficult enemies, weaponries and technology. The diversity of character is there in the game.

With excellent tactical battle, either in realtime or turn based, this games proves to be one of the best games I have ever played since 10 years back till now.

The game itself takes place in a mega city that has been invaded by aliens and an organization has been created to curb the risk. With organizations that will be influenced by your actions, and they can be allies or enemies based on your treament to the city. They will either supply your with extra resources from their manufacturing plants and attack you if you are bad terms with them.

This game is sure to supply your with ample curiosity and excitement to last you a lifetime as one of the best games ever made.

I only wish that there is ever a remake or extension to this...

Peace.

RD

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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
When the gaming industry was much less of an absolute ♥♥♥♥♥house, RIP.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 13
Ahh the classic. One of my favorite games. You'll spend time building your base, destroying alien ships, the endless raiding, and if that's not enough why not blow up some buildings to get the organization mad at you. That way they will raid your base and with your turrets mowing them down. Just remember to do that when you are stronger... the last thing you need is to lose your base lol.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
68.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
It's like other X-COM titles but in real-time. So I can kill aliens in real-time OR turn based.
It's also pretty awesome and challenging.
Did I mention it is real-time?
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 24
Legit fun. Who doesn't love an alien RTS?
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
If you are familiar with the two previous entries in the series, this game is a refreshing change of pace, planting you in a single city as opposed to the skies or oceans of the entire world. Don't be fooled, the level of detail and complexity Apocalypse gives to the megacity you defend makes it feel much larger that the globes projected in enemy unknown and terror from the deep. In terms of difficulty, it is firmly between the two, more complex and challenging then UFO, but thankfully not the logistical mess of its sequel.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 14
WARNING:I recomend this only to harcore fans of XCOM...the game is old and those younger people will wonder how the hell did people control everything with just a mouse back in the day and how the ♥♥♥♥ everything works...there is a manual though but still if you are not a harcore fan don't buy it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
26.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
Really annoying issue:
"Insert cd" in load screen, so that game has to be restarted
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
Now this game.. I love it pure and simple, not because I have a long history with this game but that fact that this is the game that went somewhere that non-hardcore turn based fans could love themselfs.

I have been playing this game for at least 5 years of my life, and every time I play this game I learn something new (even today). If its the AI's tactical approch of you if thats hiding and waiting for a opening behind cover to kill you, or running in balls'a'glory on your ♥♥♥ to see if you can take it (half the time you will lose half your troops). Also another thing that made me laugh about this game is that if your powerful enough you will make the biggest ship in the game run away from you, not in the portal they came from, oh no that would be to hard with my own alien tech for them but they will run outside of the city to the wastelands where they will die without your help.

Besides being the awesome alien killer I am, I can recommend this game to anyone that wants a challenage away from other sci-fi games out there (even away from the other older X-COM games).

So all together this is on my top 10 sci-fi games, so its a 8/10 for what it is and always will be. A classic.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
150.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
PERHAPS THE MOST UNDERRATED X-COM GAME

This is a truly great game, improving on X-Com UFO Defense in almost every way. Only drawback is that this game frequently crashes (unlike the original), so save often - before and after every mission.
The research is deeper, ;there are more interesting aliens; air combat is much more involved; and even the tactical ground combat is better than UFO Defense.
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