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.
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Very Positive (21 reviews) - 95% of the 21 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (1,256 reviews) - 95% of the 1,256 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Dec 31, 1993

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About This 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.
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biostudent
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: June 25
This game helped set my standard for PC games. It has depth, it has a story, it is challenging, and it requires multiple skill sets. It combines base building, research, and resource management for the world/organization level, and turn based tactical combat at the squad level.
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OLDr! Tabloids
( 30.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
Where it all began, and considered by some to still be the best in the series.

Watch a lets play to begin with. Its your easiest way into this game as the interface, while simple in practice can be overwhelming at first due to this being a DOS game.

Well worth downloading Open X-Com to go with it if you want the best experience.

Favourite moment: I didn't really know what to do with the rocket launcher. I sat my muscular Russian woman heavy weapons expert out in the open. An alien appeared from an unsecured shed and took a pot shot missing by mikes.
Tatyana replied by reaction firing a rocket straight back, blowing up the whole shed and two other unseen aliens within it.
most successful mission ever.
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Sarkoth
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
Infuriatingly difficult and still a milestone of gaming.
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D3LTA WAV3
( 18.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 17
For anyone having problems with the game search "OpenXcom" on the internet and use that if you aren't already.
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cheznpackers
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 12
game stinks
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Molotov Slacker
( 7.4 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: June 11
Amazing game only bought on steam to offset the injustice of me pirating this years ago, maybe someone from the original Mircoprose team benefited
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TrollTurtle
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 11
Doesn't work...
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[USAS]Crom
( 9.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 10
Chen Zhen. From Jing Woo. The Best.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
31 of 32 people (97%) found this review helpful
25 people found this review funny
Recommended
23.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
-Sent squad on Nighttime mission.
-Forgot to equip squad with flares.
-Almost all squad members die.
-3 squad members left.
-One died of a fatal wound
-Other one is killed by friendly fire.
-Last squad member with a fatal wound of 3.
-Has 3 health left.
-Last alien is across the map.
-Shot has a 40% chance.
-Hits.
-Kills the alien.
-Last guy gets promoted.
-In the hospital for 90 days.

99/10 Would clutch again.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
For anyone having problems with the game search "OpenXcom" on the internet and use that if you aren't already.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
Whelp Mankind is screwed

10/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
Truly the best strategy game out there. If you're a die-hard fan of tactical turn based strategy that can be BRUTAL at times then you need this. Even if it may be 23 years old it will still hold up (probably not graphic-wise. But if you're one of those ♥♥♥♥♥ idiots that only care about graphics, then you would be wise to get the reboot/remakes.

I have yet to play this game even more. I've only been playing for 6 hours and I'm still enjoying and getting into it. Who knew defending the earth against aliens could be so much fun! :D

Gameplay wise it is amazing. Tons of options and paths of play you can choose. Tip: If you are completely new to the
X-com series then you WILL need to look up at guides as this game doesnt come with a tutorial. Even on Beginner difficulty you still will wanna prepare.

9.0/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.4 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: June 11
Amazing game only bought on steam to offset the injustice of me pirating this years ago, maybe someone from the original Mircoprose team benefited
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
One of the best games of all time.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
415 of 423 people (98%) found this review helpful
132 people found this review funny
Recommended
21.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2014
In Memory of the Dujardin Brothers

On June 13, 1999, Squaddie Henri Dujardin, age 32, and Squaddie Bernard Dujardin, age 38, were killed in action during the defense of Berlin, Germany. Many civilians became chryssalids within hours, and upon the arrival of X-squad 3, the city was overrun. The Dujardin Brothers were the first out of their Skyranger and began their mission with fervor. Captian Leonid Torban, their comanding officer, was very fond of the two, "Bernard could hit a muton from 15 tiles away and never miss! Henri, well, I guess he was good with grenades? He was the only one to not kill his own squadmates with explosives".

Soon, however, the two were separated from the rest of their squad due to a cyberdisk pinning them in a small building. Nearby chryssalids soon took advantage of the situation. The brothers made a final, valiant last stand inside the house. Henri set up multiple explosive traps at the entrances to the building and Bernard provided covering fire from the second floor. It seemed the Dujardins would make it, until one fatal mistake.

The cyberdisk was destroyed by fellow squadmates, but it exploded, causing a breach in the walls of their stronghold. A loan chryssalid was able to move into the building undetected, and while Henri had his back turned, the chryssalid impregnated Henri. He became a shambling form of his former self, his mind devoured by the chyrssalid's poison. Bernard, sensing this was his final turn, chose to sacrific himself for his team. He placed a number of high explosives inside the room he was baricaded in.

The only remainder of that building was a single 1x1 wall. Bernard had managed to eliminate 5 chryssalids as well as his former turned brother. Unfortunately, there was no body to recover. Berlin was saved, but at a high cost. Hundreds of civilians lost, 5 agents lay dead, and one turned in to an alien. The victory was sour.

Bernard was promoted to the rank of captian and Henri to sergent upon their team's return to their HQ somewhere in the apparently unimportant part of Europe.

In the end, that 1x1 wall was made into a memorial, the Dujardin Memorial. It lists all of the fallen agents of the campagin, with Henri's and Bernard's names at the top.

A new warcry has been established by the agents of Xcom: Remember Berlin!

10/10 would relive again
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494 of 528 people (94%) found this review helpful
32 people found this review funny
Recommended
120.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 8, 2014
Never before
Have I been so afraid
Of one single alien
Who holds a grenade
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268 of 282 people (95%) found this review helpful
27 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 31, 2015
When people ask me: "Mark, you like PC games, what's your favourite game?" I respond with "X-Com, with the - in it" and they often get confused with the modern XCOM, but I further clarify with "The one from 1993". Which is normally the point where they pretend to look at their watch, make an excuse and walk out of the room.

So why in 2015 is my favourite game still this? Well firstly, I'm going to outline what makes this game so special. And then to wrap it up, I'll tell you how you can enjoy it in the modern world. Because for me this game is still my personal favourite.

X-Com puts you firmly on the back foot from the very start. Aliens have invaded and it's your job to mount Earth's final defense against the Alien foe before we are all killed or enslaved or something happens (the intention of the invasion isn't clear to begin with). What you spend most of the game doing, is trying to shoot down enemy UFO's with your rubbish fighter jets, and then trying to fight the Alien's at the UFO crash site with your poorly equipped troops.

I use terms like "rubbish" and "poorly equipped" because you are fighting Aliens here. Not Germans, not Japanese, not another nation - but mother-♥♥♥♥ing ALIENS. These guys have better weapons than you, better vision than you and more resources than you. They flew across the galaxy to fight us, and the only thing you can do at the start of the game is fight them off with humanities best and brightest, which just isn't enough.

This means that your troops will die. A lot. And it's mean, and it's unfair and the game is obviously hard because of that. But at great cost of life, humanity is able to claw it's way back and slowly put up more of a fair fight. As you recover Alien technology from your encounters, and spend time researching it, the X-Com scientists are then able to reverse engineer the technology into better equipment. This can be armour that can survive a few shots, or better weapons, or ground and air vehicles. Slowly but surely, humanity is able to avoid extinction.

You are fighting for the very survival of the human race, and that's not meant to be easy. Fortunately the game equips you with the systems you need to be successful but it's on YOU to work out how to do it. This is a game where you might have to watch some tutorial videos on YouTube or read the manual. And if you do these things, you will be rewarded with one of the deepest and enjoyable single player experiences that you can have.

So if you read this and you're willing to invest a bit of time to enjoy the game. After all, it is only £3! I recommend you use OpenXcom to play the game. You won't be able to launch the game through Steam, but it gives you much better performance on modern systems than playing the original game through DOSBox. The alternative is that you check out Xenonauts which is a faithful recreation of X-Com using an updated UI, better graphics and a bit more automation (such as not having to order ammunition and things). I know it sounds a bit odd, but Xenonauts is so faithful to X-Com that if you don't think you can cope with how dated this game is, I would encourage you to treat this as a review for Xenonauts. Other than very minor tweaks, and a change to air combat, they are essentially the same game.
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313 of 357 people (88%) found this review helpful
358 people found this review funny
Recommended
252.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 4, 2015
Stepped off of the skyrangers
-soldier with the rocket launcher is immediately mind controlled, he blows up all of his comrades
10/10
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