Yes we already have a thread. Yes it's dead. Yes I can make a better thread.
Spoiler buttons contain unspoilery screenshots, hidden for size.What is XCOM and why should I care?
XCOM: Enemy Unknown is a remake of iconic classic turn based Earth defense, game X-COM: Enemy Unknown.
Notice the difference? There's a hyphen (which I will omit to annoy hardened fans from here on out).
Anyways, XCOM: Enemy Unknown puts you in command of the XCOM project, a multinational (and yet, untied to any nation at the same time) covert operation to defend Earth and humanity from alien threat. Operating without borders, your soldiers, scientists, and engineers will work to counter impossible odds, out numbered, and out gunned, to save the planet.
Your objectives will be many and if you aren't a pansy and play on a solid difficulty, your victories will be few. Do not expect the council of nations to understand and sympathize with you. They pay you for results, not "We tried"s. You must maintain council support or risk the XCOM project being dismantled, and witness the fall of humanity.This sounds hard
It is.So how do I save the world then?
This is a war unlike that which humanity has faced before. Our best and bravest soldiers can only take us so far without the support of a strong science team and engineers in force. Just be thankful it seems the aliens have underestimated us so far.
Every piece of technology, every sheet of xeno alloy, even every single corpse we can drag back home with us allows us to understand our enemy a little more and adapt their technology for our own purposes. We cannot hope to defeat this foe without standing on even ground in terms of weaponry, armor, and good tactical sense.
Don't forget though, that there is a human cost at stake. This isn't some video game. We are sending soldiers out there to fight against a foe with technology that borders on MAGIC to us. A lot of them will not be coming home. When facing insurmountable odds, there is nothing shameful in retreat. The council won't see it that way, unfortunately.So what exactly will I be doing here?
As Commander of the XCOM project your task will be to oversee direction and development for our science and engineering teams, maintain relations with our sponsor nations to ensure they don't cease funding and support, command our airforce for the war in the sky, see to the construction of our base facilities and satellite network, recruit new soldiers for our special force team, and last but certainly not least, direct those forces during ground operations to maximize enemy casualties while limiting our own.This sounds complicated
Be a man. Or a woman. Or whatever.
The Earth is at stake.I want this game, where do I get it?
:Game? You think this is a game that would be on sale for 75% off during the Steam Summer Sale?
I'm not so sure you're cut out for this job.