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.
Creston wrote on Oct 10, 2012, 23:38: If you're getting murdered, just lower the difficulty. Starting on Classic is just insane, imo, and it really becomes very depressing in a hurry. On Normal it's a lot more do-able.
Brought a rookie along to act as fodder Stun Man, and not only did he stun a Thin Man, he then proceeded to lay fucking WASTE to FOUR Sectoids! He'd been hit twice, had 1 hp left, and he just went fucking Rambo! It was fantastic. Needless to say, he's been renamed Sly Stallone.
I could really use a build and research guide to know what to start with, though. It's a bit overwhelming, and I STILL CAN'T LAUNCH ANY FUCKING SATELLITES.
Btw, is there really a point to shooting down UFOs versus just letting them land? You face more crew obviously, if you let them land, but that just means more loot?
Just ganked my first Cryssalids, God, I forgot the sheer TERROR you feel when you see the fucking things charging towards your squad... Btw, can you nut stun them? I tried stunning them twice with my fodder Stun Man rookie, and both times it wouldn't do anything. I was adjacent to them (THE TERROR!!!) and everything, I'd even shot them down to 3 health. Buh?
Finally, why for fuck's sake is a nano-shirt a fucking carryable item, rather than something you put underneath your armor? So I gotta choose between medkits or armor? Buh^2?
Made me laugh with a swig of beer in my mouth not a good thing when you're sitting in front of your PC monitor.
Laughed because I know how you feel. I too sent a squad of six in to a Panic Mission. Four were fodder and two had Arc Throwers. I too was baffled that I could not stun a Chryssalid though I am guessing the second Arc Thrower is the trick to that. Though I have yet to cross that bridge. Hell, I was just happy there were only two Chryssalids on the map and I was able to run away and have them chase me away from the civilians. I only lost a few civilians it was amazing.
I haven't let a UFO land yet. Maybe I should? Does than effect the condition of the items found inside? Bet it would.
As far as the Uplink. That is what killed me my first play through. And it took forever to get this play through. I have a day to go before it is ready and I have two satellites built and waiting to go up. All I can say is you have to play ahead. Be two steps ahead so when that mission with Engineers/Scientists comes up you know to take it over the cash. The extra techs made a huge difference for me.