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Platform Win, 360, PS3, Mac, iOS Publisher 2K Games Developer Firaxis Games Release Date 2012-10-09

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XCOM: Enemy Unknown review: blinded by science

I'm 30 hours into the single-player campaign of XCOM: Enemy Unknown when it strikes me that I've been doing it all wrong from the start. That I decide to keep on going says something about the way I've chosen to play. I have disabled "Ironman Mode" - which would prevent me from saving the game at all - but I have accepted certain outcomes as inevitable. I have a few "chosen" characters I will not allow to die, but the rest ... well, saving Humanity from the alien scourge is a dirty business. The Earth appreciates their sacrifice. So this latest setback, the doing it all wrong, is, to me, simply part of the learning curve. After all, if you're playing XCOM: Enemy Unknown the way it was intended - the way the original demanded - you're going in blind, stumbling toward victory against a...

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Humble 2K Bundle adds five more games in the XCOM Complete Pack

The Humble 2K Bundle is now five games bigger, thanks to the XCOM Complete Pack. Those who pay more than the average selling price ($8.14 as of this writing) will receive Windows PC versions of the first five original XCOM games. The package of DRM-free or Steam games includes XCOM: UFO Defense (aka UFO: Enemy Unknown), Terror from the Deep, Apocalypse, Interceptor and Enforcer. Announced last week, the bundle already offers BioShock, The Darkness 2 and The Bureau: XCOM Declassified. Pay more than the average price, and you'll get BioShock 2, Mafia 2 and Spec Ops: The Line. Choose to pay $20 or more, and you'll receive  BioShock Infinite and XCOM: Enemy Unknown. For more on the latest XCOM games, be sure to read our reviews of XCOM: Enemy Unknown, XCOM: Enemy Within and The Bureau:...

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Humble 2K Bundle discounts BioShock, Spec Ops, XCOM games and more

You can name your own price for games in the BioShock and XCOM series and more through the Humble 2K Bundle, which is live now through July 22 at 2:00 p.m. ET. At its core, the Humble 2K bundle offers BioShock, The Darkness 2 and The Bureau: XCOM Declassified. Pay more than the average price, and you'll get BioShock 2, Mafia 2 and Spec Ops: The Line. Pay $20 or more, and you'll also get BioShock Infinite and XCOM: Enemy Unknown. The games are available through Steam for Windows, and "select titles" are also available for Mac and Linux, as is a DRM-free version of BioShock. As with each Humble Bundle, buyers can choose to split their spending between the game's creators and charities, here the American Red Cross and Action Against Hunger. For in-depth stories on the games above,...

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XCOM: Enemy Unknown coming to Linux this summer

Firaxis Games' turn-based tactical role-playing game XCOM: Enemy Unknown and all its downloadable content launches for Linux this summer, Feral Interactive announced today. Feral Interactive is responsible for the Mac version as well; the upcoming edition of the game is the first title to be developed and published for Linux by the company. It is unclear if the game's DLC, including stand-alone expansion Enemy Within, will be available in a bundle like the Mac's Elite Edition. Enemy Within's Linux version, which will run on Ubuntu 14.04 and Valve's SteamOS, will be a SteamPlay title. You can view its trailer above. Pricing for the game has not yet been announced. XCOM: Enemy Unknown is available for Mac and Windows PC via Steam for $29.99. The game is also available for Android, iOS,...

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XCOM: Enemy Unknown is 'coming soon' to Android

XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Firaxis Games' turned-based strategy game that pits a human resistance against alien invaders, is headed to Android "soon," according to a recent tweet from the series' official Twitter account. The game will be available through Google Play and the Amazon Appstore, according to the tweet. XCOM: Enemy Unknown arrived on iOS for iPad and iPhone last June where it's available for $19.99. You can check out the launch trailer for the game's first mobile incarnation below. XCOM: Enemy Unknown is also available on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Mac and Windows PC. XCOM: Enemy Unknown - The Complete Edition, a version that includes its major add-on content, was released last month for Mac and PC for $49.99. For on the game's original incarnation, be sure to read Polygon's X...

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XCOM: Enemy Unknown - The Complete Edition hits Mac, PC

XCOM: Enemy Unknown — The Complete Edition, a bundle featuring Firaxis' alien-themed strategy game and its major add-on content, is now available for Mac and Windows PC, publisher 2K announced today. The Complete Edition costs $49.99 and bundles together the main game along with its XCOM: Enemy Within expansion. The Complete Edition also includes three additional content packs: the Elite Soldier Pack, which adds three cosmetic features include new deco packs and color options for soldiers' armor; the Operation Slingshot pack, a string of new missions and a new playable character; and Second Wave, which unlocks advanced difficulty options for players seeking more challenging missions. The bundle will be available internationally this Friday, March 7. XCOM: Enemy Unknown launched in...

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2K Mobile Thanksgiving sale cuts prices on XCOM, Civilization, more

Six iOS games from 2K Mobile are on sale for Thanksgiving this week, including XCOM: Enemy Unknown and Civilization Revolution, the company announced today. Here's the full list of deals, which will go into effect tomorrow, Nov. 26: XCOM: Enemy Unknown - $9.99 (regularly $19.99) NBA 2K14 - $2.99 (reg. $7.99) NHL 2K11 - $0.99 (reg. $3.99) 2K Drive - $1.99 (reg. $6.99) Civilization Revolution - $0.99 (reg. $2.99) Sid Meier's Pirates - $0.99 (reg. $2.99) The discounts will be available through Monday, Dec. 2.

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2K holiday deals include BioShock, Borderlands, XCOM bundles

2K Games is bundling and discounting several of the console games it publishes ahead of Black Friday and Cyber Monday this year. The $29.99 holiday 2013 packs are available now and include: 2K Essentials Collection, which contains BioShock, Borderlands, XCOM: Enemy Unknown and is available for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 2K Power Pack, which contains BioShock 2, The Darkness 2, Mafia 2 and is available for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 2K Definitive Strategy Collection, which contains XCOM: Enemy Unknown and Sid Meier's Civilization 5 and is available for Windows PC 2K Rogues and Outlaws Collection, which contains Borderlands 2, Spec Ops: The Line, Mafia 2 and is available for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 You can pick up each at Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop and Walmart, except for...

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Here's what you need to know for Thursday, Oct. 24

PAX East 2014 registration now live Registration for PAX East — set to take place in Boston April 11-13, 2014 — is open today. Three day passes are already sold out, but you've still got a shot at individual day passes and hotels. Nintendo's latest Wii U Deluxe brings New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U together on Nov. 1 Nintendo is retiring the Nintendo Land Wii U Deluxe Set and replacing it with one promoting their favorite pair of plumbers. Starting Nov. 1, a Deluxe Set featuring New Super Mario Bros. U and its New Super Luigi U DLC on one disc will be available for $299.99. Nintendo Land will continue to be sold separately for $29.99. Making heroics matter, making death sadder in XCOM: Enemy Within We all name our XCOM: Enemy Unknown soldiers after our friends and...

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XCOM for iOS updated with multiplayer, on sale for $10

XCOM: Enemy Unknown's iOS port has been updated to include asynchronous multiplayer battles, and has had its price slashed in half through the rest of the week, publisher 2K announced today. The game's multiplayer component lets players build a squad of soldiers and aliens to face off against friends and combatants around the world in turn-based, asynchronous bouts. Players can manage their match-ups using Game Center, where they can also view their position in a slew of new online leaderboards also added to the game in today's update. Folks who have been hesitant to pick up the game, which carries a fairly sizable $19.99 price tag, may want to consider picking it up this week — it's on sale for $9.99 until Sunday, Oct. 13. Make sure you've got a device that can run it before you make...

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Treachery is afoot in XCOM: Enemy Within trailer

A new trailer for XCOM: Enemy Within reveals EXALT, a mysterious organization dedicated to undermining the human resistance to alien invasion. EXALT has betrayed humanity and the XCOM organization by compromising its abilities, warns the trailer. Whereas the XCOM forces had previously been ordered to defend all human life at any cost, that directive has been rescinded in favor of a new one: Eliminate the traitors. For more on EXALT and Enemy Within, the stand-alone expansion to last year's XCOM: Enemy Unknown, check out Polygon's preview.

XCOM: Enemy Unknown Releases
North America
  • Windows
    • Released 10/09/2012
    • Publisher 2K Games
    • Developer Firaxis Games
    • Score 8.5
  • Xbox 360
    • Released 10/09/2012
    • Publisher 2K Games
    • Developer Firaxis Games
    • Score 8.5
  • PlayStation 3
    • Released 10/09/2012
    • Publisher 2K Games
    • Developer Firaxis Games
  • Mac
    • Released 04/25/2013
    • Publisher Feral Interactive
    • Developer Firaxis Games
  • iOS
    • Released 06/20/2013
    • Publisher 2K Games
    • Developer Firaxis Games
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