2K Games announces that XCOM: Enemy Unknown is now available in North America via retail and Steam, and Firaxis' action/strategy will be available internationally on October 12th. Some screenshots and a launch trailer support the release, and a playable demo of the Windows edition was released a couple of weeks ago on Steam (an Xbox 360 demo is likewise available, while a PS3 demo is still in the works). Here's word:
2K Games and Firaxis Games announced today that XCOM®: Enemy Unknown is now available in North America and will be available internationally on October 12, 2012 for Windows PC, the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. The game already has critics raving, with Game Informer stating that XCOM: Enemy Unknown is “a singular achievement that every gamer deserves to experience” and rating the game 9.5 out of 10, earning “Game of the Month” honors in the November 2012 issue.
“XCOM: Enemy Unknown revives the XCOM franchise, staying true to what fans loved in the original game while evolving and growing the experience to appeal to all gamers,” said Sarah Anderson, senior vice president of marketing for 2K. “Combining intense action and strategy, XCOM: Enemy Unknown is an experience unlike any other on the market, and one that no gamer will want to miss.”
Gamers who pre-ordered XCOM: Enemy Unknown and those who purchase the game for a limited time at launch will receive the launch bonus which includes the Elite Soldier Pack. The Elite Soldier Pack will provide the ultimate tools for soldier customization in XCOM: Enemy Unknown, including:
Classic X-COM soldier: Players will instantly receive a new recruit in their barracks inspired by the original X-COM: UFO Defense. The iconic soldier with the blonde, flattop hairstyle will return fully modernized.
Soldier Deco packs: Players can customize their soldier with several aesthetic upgrades to armor suits, including the new Hyperion and Reaper soldier armor kits.
Complete color customization: A variety of colors and tints for all armor sets in the game allow players complete control to customize their squad’s look.
A special edition of XCOM: Enemy Unknown for Windows PC (MSRP $59.99) will be available at participating retail locations. This special edition will contain a copy of the game for Windows PC and a number of unique XCOM items, including an art book; fold-out poster of the XCOM headquarters; XCOM insignia patch; and a collection of digital bonus assets such as desktop wallpaper, soundtrack and more. A digital version of XCOM: Enemy Unknown can be purchased from participating digital retailers for MSRP $49.99.
Paranoid Jack wrote on Oct 10, 2012, 01:22: Creston, line of site + distance = crazy targeting. So if your squad can see the tango and your sniper has line of site they can take the shot from far away. And if you can get your sniper up on higher ground you also get a bonus. Plus rank perks have a certain synergy when you pick the correct ones. Of course the entire reason they have the different perks are to adjust the character to your play style. Though I wish there were twice as many options available.
Not to mention line of site is not always right in the game. You get a feel for the animations and can start to choose better. If the tango is hidden behind something and it says you have a 56% chance to hit don't take the shot. It's almost certain a miss. Of course if you see an alien taking a shot at you hidden behind something it is almost a certain hit.
Take that with a grain of salt. Its coming from a guy who didn't research properly. When I got to the first panic mission I got my ass handed to me. Starting over and four or five missions in again.
Totally starting over as well. Lost a full squad of ranked up soldiers, was having money issues anyway, and in trying to ride it out, ended up losing like 2 more squads worth of soldiers and was getting my ass handed to me.
If nothing else even on normal difficulty Xcom isn't a walk in the park. Enemy AI is pretty brutal and they don't make mistakes.
Really love the game, I generally don't really dig turn based, but xcom has that certain magic to it.