They're back...only this time the heinous aliens are out to destroy Earth and rule the new frontier. As X-COM commander, it's your sole duty to protect humanity and the prized mining operations in outer space.
User reviews: Mixed (42 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 15, 1998
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Includes 5 items: X-COM: Apocalypse, X-COM: Enforcer, X-COM: Interceptor, X-COM: Terror From the Deep, X-COM: UFO Defense

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About This Game

They're back...only this time the heinous aliens are out to destroy Earth and rule the new frontier. As X-COM commander, it's your sole duty to protect humanity and the prized mining operations in outer space. You must strategically equip your X-COM fighters, amass a formidable arsenal and then fulfill your mandate by going head-to-head with the devious element. The action is fast. And the opposing forces are wicked. But if you are smart, diligent and quick, you will prevail in a masterfully fought campaign to save our planet from perilous collapse.

Features:

  • Wreak complete destruction in an addictive and seamless combination of combat action and strategy.
  • Mastermind your plan by purchasing equipment, hiring pilots and researching new technologies.
  • Pilot your own X-COM attack ship in a face-to-face 3D real-time first person environment.

System Requirements

    • Supported OS: Microsoft® 2000/XP/Vista®
    • Processor: Pentium 166MHz or better
    • Memory: 16Mb RAM
    • Graphics: Must be capable of 16-bit graphics (High Color) and have a minimum of 2MB of video RAM
    • Hard Drive: 60 MB Hard Disk Space
Helpful customer reviews
11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
X-COM: Interceptor is different than most other XCOM games. Instead of being a turn-based ground combat game, it is an amazing real-time space combat game. Like most XCOM games, you have to manage resources, bases, and soldiers (or in this case, pilots). It isn't too well optimized for modern computers and I think the resolution has a maximum of somewhere around 1080x720, but it is still a great game.

The best part, though, is that it isn't X-COM: Enforcer.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
Ahh, Interceptor. A not so great flight sim mixed with a not so great strategic game which somehow when merged together forms a very very playable and very fun (and it's still hard, though easiest out of all the old school X-COM games) game.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
If u like Xcom and/or flight sim games, then u will probably enjoy this. I thought it was pretty hard at first, but once I figured out how to play, I had a LOT of fun. I think this game is really underrated. It has all of the cool base management of Xcom, but then the battles are real-time flight sim. The campaign is awesome, and I also really like that there's a "skirmish mode" that u can create your own custom practice battle and jump right into the action and/or practice your fighting skills if needed. I definitely recommend! =)
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41 of 44 people (93%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 19
This game is great for those people who like the overall planning of the original X-com but didn't like the slow pace of the battles. It takes the same experience and replaces those tactical battles with a space fighter sim. It's definately fun but it's a bit of a departure from the rest of the series.

If you are playing on a modern system(xp-recent) then there will be a game breaking bug for this game that will prevent research from completing. THERE IS A FIX FOR THIS and it is a must if you are gonna play it on a modern machine. The thread for it is here: http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1722992
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14 of 19 people (74%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2013
I love this game and alway have. Sadly if you are playing on a relatively new machine there will be some game killing bugs. 1) alien data jammers can't be killed. If you try to engage them they just dont show up leaving u in space chasing a radar blip that you can never catch untill u get bored and retreat. Its a pain because they shut down your research and there is nothing you can do about it. 2) pirate bases have the same bug. You can't kill them so get ready to fight suicidal pirate fighter craft every 5 minutes. Not fun. If you have an old rig picking up dust somewhere the sure buy this game and enjoy because it really is a fantastic game. But if you don't then I'd pass.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 18, 2012
I hear so much hate for Interceptor, but it really is unique. I've never encountered an X-Wing style game where you also control the strategic side. After all those times you were hideously outgunned, or had completely the wrong warheads etc on X-Wing, TIE Fighter etc, it's nice to be able to do something about that. Now it's YOUR job to make sure your craft are up to spec. Also ties UFO, TFTD and Apoc together nicely, and hey its a great game in it's own right. Yes, it isn't the game everyone expected when a new X-Com game was announced back in 1997, but it's a worthy addition to the series.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 6, 2013
So after the last X-Com game kinda flopped, they started pumping out spin-offs. Interceptor isn't bad, but shares the X-Com name pretty much for no reason. Shootin' doods in space is pretty okay, but I have lots of trouble getting it to run and control properly. 3/5
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Posted: February 16, 2013
Not really a game to recommend to people, at the time it was new and different, a space shooter with research and some basic strategy, in a modern world there is very little to cause any comment other than the now very dated graphics.
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18 of 37 people (49%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
Like Star Fox with aliens

10/10 would get from a Humble Bundle again
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2013
A solid X-COM experience and a space flight sim in a time where space flight sims are all too rare.
http://thebestgameneverplayed.wordpress.com/2011/09/12/x-com-interceptor/
Hopefully with the new Firaxis X-COM, people will be more interested in some of the older games. It's a bit tricky to do without a manual or deep in-game tutorial, but figuring it out will be worth it.
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 25
Its strangly fun once you figure out how to pull off the dogfights, didn't expect that.
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0 of 4 people (0%) found this review helpful
Posted: July 3, 2011
Way better than Freespace or TIE Fighter, this is the best spacesim/RTS mashup game ever made. South Park (season 1) jokes also never get old, do they?
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7 of 21 people (33%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2013
I wish I knew what I was doing
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7 of 22 people (32%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2013
what the ♥♥♥♥ is this game about even
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4 of 16 people (25%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2013
Many say X-COM: Enforcer was the worst of the X-COM franchise experiments, but I think Interceptor is even worse! Good idea; something like Star Control space opera exploration, etc, with Tie Fighter style battles, but I never could really got into it...
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0 of 8 people (0%) found this review helpful
Posted: July 5, 2011
government test facilities under the pentagon
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8 of 27 people (30%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
The moment XCOM, stopped being XCOM. Did you come for the strategy RPG flair of the orginal? Yes? Then move along.
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2 of 14 people (14%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 22, 2013
little-known fact: this game was created when someone spilled a jar of poop on the floppy disk version of TIE Fighter and tried to bake it in the microwave to sterilize it
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0 of 10 people (0%) found this review helpful
Posted: May 14, 2012
Sounds like a disease.
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3 of 20 people (15%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 9
it glitches with probes but apart from that is good
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