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XCOM: Enemy Unknown
Phone home
by Mark Brown 19/6/2013
Product: XCOM: Enemy Unknown
Developer: Firaxis
Publisher: 2K Games
Format: iPhone, iPad
Genre: Strategy
Players: 1
Version: Europe
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Even though you have all the time in the world to plan your next move, sci-fi tactics game XCOM: Enemy Unknown still manages to be a nail-bitingly tense experience.

That's because one wrong move can practically doom your entire mission to eradicate a cell of aliens, deactivate a time bomb, or escort a foreign diplomat to safety.

One silly misstep could see a soldier dashing into a room full of ape-like Muton chargers, or outflanked by floating robot torsos, or in the sightlines of a bulbous-brained telepathic alien who can turn your medic into a mindless zombie.

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XCOM's battles are tense and rewarding, and are married to a clever base-building meta-game. All this, in a solid and eminently playable iOS port
Audio/visual: 8
Gameplay: 9
Value: 9
Innovation: 8
Overall: 9
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