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You are in control of X-COM: an organization formed by the world's governments to fight the ever-increasing alien menace. Features: Command deadly close-combat battles Shooting down UFOs is just the beginning: you must then lead a squad of heavily-armed soldiers across different terrains as they investigate the UFO crash site.
Release Date: Dec 31, 1993

Buy X-COM: UFO Defense

$4.99

Packages that include this game

Buy X-COM: Complete Pack

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

About the Game

You are in control of X-COM: an organization formed by the world's governments to fight the ever-increasing alien menace.
Features:
  • Command deadly close-combat battles
    Shooting down UFOs is just the beginning: you must then lead a squad of heavily-armed soldiers across different terrains as they investigate the UFO crash site. Tackle the aliens with automatic rifles, rocket launchers, and even tanks in the struggle to retrieve useful technology, weapons or life forms.
  • Research and manufacture alien technologies
    Successful ground assault missions will allow X-COM scientists to analyze alien items. Each new breakthrough brings you a little closer to understanding the technology and culture of the alien races. Once you have sufficient research data on the UFO's superior weapons and crafts, you'll be able to manufacture weapons of equal capability.
  • Develop a strategy to save the Earth
    You must make every crucial decision as you combat the powerful alien forces. But you'll also need to watch the world political situation: governments may be forced into secret pacts with the aliens and then begin to reduce X-COM funding.

System Requirements

    • Supported OS: Microsoft® 2000/XP/Vista®
    • Processor: 80386 processor or better
    • Memory: 4Mb RAM
    • Sound Cards Supported: AdLib compatible cards, SoundBlaster compatible cards and the Roland LAPC-1.
Helpful customer reviews
57 of 59 people (97%) found this review helpful
303 products in account
17 reviews
59.5 hrs on record
One of the most addictive and interesting game I have ever played, the music, theme, horror, the unknown!,
all that gathers up and makes one hell dramatic and scary survival story where you are the organization that must defend Earth from the Alien invasion.

11/10
Posted: November 25th, 2013
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37 of 39 people (95%) found this review helpful
211 products in account
61 reviews
0.0 hrs on record
Man, what a tough game. The main thing that makes X-COM different than Enemy Unknown is that this does its best to be a full simulation. This entails a lot of things.

Room's full of smoke? Don't run around in there too long, or he'll run out of energy and go unconscious. Guy with a live grenade in his hand took a plasma bolt to the face? No problem, just run over there, scoop it up, and lob it over yonder. Want more global UFO detection and interception ability? Build more bases, and struggle to keep them funded.

This game's so hard, Beginner mode is damn tough. Half the fun in this game is learning from every time you lose, unless you're a ♥♥♥♥♥ like me and savescumm constantly. I still get a kick out of it anyways, especially when the skyranger drops you directly into a house (random map generators for combat encounters).

PROTIP: Get OpenXCOM after you buy this game. AFAIK the Steam version doesn't use OpenXCOM, and OpenXCOM almost completely eliminates compatibility issues with modern systems.
Posted: October 18th, 2013
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27 of 28 people (96%) found this review helpful
54 products in account
5 reviews
127.4 hrs on record
Pretty much the original strategy RPG. While the game has aged, the features that made this one of the most solid titles of the 90s are just as present now as they were then. Provided you ignore the frame rate drops during base invasions, I really have nothing bad to say about the game. Definitely something to pick up if you like Retro titles or you're a little strapped for cash.
Posted: November 25th, 2013
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24 of 26 people (92%) found this review helpful
204 products in account
1 review
37.0 hrs on record
One of the greatest games made. The Hard but fair gamplay makes you into a better gamer. The way the depth of the game grows still gives me goose bumps, and its from a game made in the early to mid nineties. If you want to go retro go for this.
Posted: November 25th, 2013
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18 of 18 people (100%) found this review helpful
168 products in account
43 reviews
58.7 hrs on record
Originally posted on November 11, 2010

I've been occupied by XCOM for the past two weeks straight, and it's been a blast. XCOM: UFO defense is simply one of the best games ever made.

The gameplay is deep, addictive and atmospheric, and does a surprising amount for a game from 1993. Your task as leader of the newly formed project for the defense of earth from Aliens is to stop alien raids and abductions by shooting down their ships, ambushing their landing parties, and destroying their bases. Eventually you are tasked with taking the fight to the aliens and defeating them altogether. There are two modes of gameplay, the Geoscape and the Battlescape.

In the Geoscape (real time, variable time speeds), you build bases around the world, dispatch interceptors and dropships to deal with UFOs, do research, manufacture and purchase weapons and vehicles, and try to please all your sponsor nations so they don't reduce their funding. However, it quickly becomes apparent that both human technology and the funding from sponsor nations are both completely inadequate for the task. In order to survive and stop the aliens, you need to capture alien technology, research it, and produce your own copies, and then sell the excess loot for mounds of money.

The Battlescape on the other hand (turn based tactical, top down) allows you to control your squad of soldiers (who improve over time in surprisingly sophisticated ways) in attempts to stop the aliens. But don't think it will be easy. The Battlescape is an unforgiving world filled with aliens waiting to snipe at your men from distant cornfields and ambush you from around corners. The first several missions you play, it is likely that you will fail spectacularly. This is entirely intentional, and really contributes to the atmosphere of the game. You really feel like you are learning on the job, facing a totally unknown and technologically superior enemy who holds all the cards. A genuine feeling of satisfaction accompanies finally being able to defeat the aliens in a mission (albeit with heavy losses), or re-engineering your first bit of alien weapon tech. The lack of a tutorial actually helps the game in this way, as it is much deeper than it first appears, and it feels very authentic to learn the ropes of the game in this way.

The graphics and sound are marvelously retro, and might take some getting used to for some of the less open-minded gamers out there, but I assure you the reward is worth it. Overall, this is a game that you MUST play if you call yourself a PC gamer at all. It joins a myriad of other gems from the 90's that modern gamers are continually ignorant of, though they inform modern developers every single day. There is no better indication of the current stagnation of game development than playing a game like XCOM and seeing how incredible it is. This game with an extreme facelift would be strategy GOTY.
Posted: December 31st, 2013
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