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.
DarkCntry wrote on Oct 11, 2012, 00:07: Letting them go counts against your approval rating, can raise panic, and they also have a higher chance of shooting down your non-stealth satellites.
Ah, that does make sense. But like everything else in this game, Interceptors are too fucking expensive, and I can't afford to buy them. But if you let the UFO land and then gank it with your squad, does the panic rating still go up? I'd have to check.
It really gets on my ass that you're the last hope of mankind, the one organization that EVERYONE counts on to save them from the aliens, and they give you four soldiers, four assault rifles and one fucking F-15 that they found in a goddamned museum somewhere. And everything else you want "Oh, pay us for it!"
I guess the optimum way to play is to focus on like six countries, and let the rest just fend for yourself? Because it sure seems impossible to try to save everyone?
Chryssalids, and most of the mech-based units, cannot be stunned for some reason. Cyberdisc repair drones, however, can be stunned with the upgrades to the Arc.
My understanding is that it's supposed to be an "oh shit" type thing or a boost similar to the Sectoids' mindlink.
I don't think I ever even used them during my first playthrough.
Yeah, they seem utterly pointless. Let's see, I can bring an item that gives me 2 extra health, OR I can bring an item that lets me heal 4 health and cures poison. Hmmm, TOUGH CHOICE.