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X-COM: UFO Defense (DOS)

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Written by  :  Steve Hall (322)
Written on  :  Sep 01, 2000
Platform  :  DOS
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Summary

Mindbendingly addictive and great fun to play.

The Good

The sounds and graphics in this game are great. When first released they were brilliant. But what makes this game so damn good is the gameplay. It is stupendously fun to play - I still play it to this day! None of its sequels can touch it. It's quite a small game, and can be completed in a few days, which is good because it prevents the game from getting boring.

It can also be very tense. You're thrown straight into the action, and those night-time missions... do yourself a favour, turn the lights out. Go on, you know you want to. Do a night-time mission. When the aliens shoot at you from the darkness, you will jump out of your seat. Wonderful.

The Bad

It may look a little dated these days, especially being stuck to 320x240 VGA mode, but if you bear in mind that this game is six years old, you'll realise that it is actually perfect.

The Bottom Line

Easily the best and most enjoyable turn-based strategy game out there. It's got a great graphics, a compelling storyline, and real atmosphere. An essential addition to any gamers collection.