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UFO: Extraterrestrials (Windows)

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3.4
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Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.0
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.3
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.7
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.5
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.0
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.2
Overall MobyScore (6 votes) 3.4


The Press Says

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85
GamePro (US)
In the end, UFO: Extraterrestrials has largely managed to capture the elements that made X-COM such a classic and iconic game. Almost nothing about the game can labeled as innovative or revolutionary, but it is such a well packaged refinement of a proven formula that it is hard to complain. There are some rather questionable design choices that cut into the fun but otherwise it's a wonderful homage to a classic title. X-COM veterans and gaming newbies alike should definitely take a look into this one-old school PC gamer or not, there's a damn fine gaming experience waiting for you.
85
Gamers Europe
UFO isn’t perfect, but it does breathe enough life into a genre that hasn’t seen enough action recently. You could do a lot worse.
80
Withingames
Als geborener Pessimist (oder Realist? ; - ) stürze ich mich natürlich gerne auf die kleinen Macken, die eben jedes Spiel irgendwo hat. Das nicht alles schlecht umgesetzt ist, beweist vor allem die Tatsache, dass ich Extraterrestrials komplett durchgespielt habe, trotz einiger Frustperioden. Das schafft in letzter Zeit kaum ein Spiel. Der gute Mix der Originalspiele wurde gekonnt eingefangen. Wer sich an der eher mauen technischen Umsetzung nicht stört, der kann durchaus seinen Spass mit dem Spiel haben. Die erzählte Geschichte ist durchaus interessant, das überarbeitete Management bei Wissenschaftlern und Technikern (werden fix mit dem Bau der Gebäude rekrutiert, nicht mehr einzeln), der Technologiebaum und die sehr gute Gegner-KI machen Extraterrestrials zum ersten würdigen X-COM Nachfolger. Und wer sich gerne schwierigen taktischen Aufgaben widmet, sollte ebenfalls unbedingt einen Blick riskieren.
78
PC Gameplay (Benelux)
Alweer het bewijs dat je geen oogverblindende 3D-engine en 5.1 geluid nodig hebt om je kostelijk te amuseren. Een aanrader!
75
Retrogaming History
"Ufo Extraterrestrials riprende tutti gli aspetti introdotti dal vecchio classico dei Mythos Games: UFO Enemy Unknown, sebbene con alcune semplificazioni. Il gioco trova la sua ragion d’essere nella straordinaria longevità che lo caratterizza, vi sono centinaia di combattimenti da fare, decine di cose da studiare e da produrre, quando si pensa di aver visto tutto, basta una nuova scoperta per ritrovarci a combattere contro un’ennesima minaccia. UFO: ET deve essere preso in seria considerazione da tutti quei videogiocatori che preferiscono cimentarsi con un titolo vasto, complesso ed impegnativo, soprattutto se amanti della fantascienza e degli alieni in generale."
72
Game Watcher
Overall the game is well done and will be very much enjoyed by fans of the classic X:COM games and anyone who enjoys tactical combats. The game retains the high replayablility factor of the classic games combined with updated graphics and smooth game play. Chaos Concepts would have been well served to have their final text reviewed by a native English speaker for both the UFOPedia entries and the opening credits movie. While there are no Zero Wing level mistranslations there are enough odd phrasings and miss-used words to show that the development was not in English. Some will be frustrated by watching funding disappear in the geoscape and by the inability to hire new solders as needed as well as the omission of a tactical map. Overlooking these flaws will reward the player with a fun tactical combat game wrapped with strategy elements.
71
PC Zone
This is really like playing X-COM for the first time again, except 15 years on. It's fun, tough, cheap and really hard to stop playing; sometimes it's good to look back.
70
JeuxVideoPC.com
UFO : Extraterrestrials où comment un jeune studio tchèque n'ayant pas les moyens d'une grosse production anglo-saxonne, démontre qu'il est encore possible que de bonnes idées donnent un bon jeu, et que faute de pouvoir faire mieux, on peut toujours faire bien.
70
Deaf Gamers
For X-Com fans there is a lot to like about UFO: Extraterrestrials although I doubt many will be entirely happy with the game. Personally I think it's a good game that could have been better. The aforementioned problems are all issues that could have been put right and had they been we'd now be looking at a game that was highly recommended. As it stands it's simply a good game that will please those who have the patience to endure the game's shortcomings and disappoint those who were expecting more.
62
Out Of Eight
The game is fun to play: fans of the strategic and tactical mix that was perfected in X-COM will find that UFO: Extraterrestrials almost lives up to the lofty expectations of an unofficial follow-up. It may not be as groundbreaking as the original, but UFO: Extraterrestrials still offers some solid gameplay that’s a few tweaks short of a completely recommendable title.
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Game Over Online
UFO: Extraterrestrials is just a poorly made game. Almost nothing about it works, and there’s absolutely no reason why you should buy it when you could play UFO: Afterlight (or even Silent Storm) instead. So stay far away from this game, even if you see it being dangled enticingly from a bargain bin somewhere.
60
Maximum PC
That said, X-COM fans are sure to enjoy UFO. With some mods applied (we recommend the FrankenMod, which so easily improves UFO that the game’s developers should be embarrassed), this is the best X-COM clone to come along in a decade. And as sad as that is, it’s nice that someone’s still trying to recapture the magic.
60
allaboutgames.co.uk
UFO: Extraterrestrials is a bad title. In fact, at the heart of it is a game which is still a classic all these years on. The problem is that it is essentially trying to be that game, rather than taking as an inspiration and doing something new. Laser Squad Nemesis, from the original creators, did more and that was over 3 years ago. Extraterrestrials is just another X-COM clone and lacking in new ideas.
60
PC Powerplay
X-Com habe ich bis zum Umfallen gespielt, und offenbar ist das Spielprinzip unverwüstlich. Anders kann ich mir die Welle der Ufo-Remakes kaum erklären. Apropos klären: Aller Verklärung zum Trotz - Extraterrestrials mag eine gute Neuauflage sein, aber ihr fehlen einfach Standards. Allein schon das ewige Suchen nach dem letzten Gegner frustriert: Ich werde ungeduldig, scheuche meine Soldaten im Laufschritt durch die Karte, treffe auf den letzten Widersacher, Peng, zwei Mann außer Gefecht. Das Gute: Je nach Schwierigkeitsgrad können meine Kämpfer nicht sterben. Und weil ich nur wenige Soldaten habe und nur selten jemand Neues dazustößt, hüte ich alle wie meinen Augapfel, heile Verletzte, bringe sie auf die Krankenstation. Das motiviert halt zum Weiterspielen!
60
Eurogamer.net (UK)
There are enough flaws in it to stop recommending it to anyone but real X-com fans - who, it seems, are busy trying to mod it into something closer to their desires. If you're not one yet, but are intrigued by the vague prospect, it's worth noting that the X-Com sequel is up on Steam at a very reasonable price as long as you don't have Vista (no, it's not compatible). Everyone else should probably sit back and wait to see what 2K Games is actually going to do with the X-Com license...
57
4Players.de
Ich habe mich auf ein UFO-Remake mit Gefechten im Runden-Modus gefreut. Aber UFO: Extraterrestrials schafft es nicht, die Begeisterung von damals zu entfachen. Neben sich wiederholenden Karten und kaum Abwechslung bei den Missionen stören vor allem das zähe Spieltempo sowie die umständliche Bedienung - ganz zu schweigen vom Fehlen einer Minikarte, was die Koordination des Teams unnötig erschwert. Bestraft gehören die Entwickler für den Einfall, dass der Soldatennachschub automatisch geregelt wird und man nicht Neulinge anwerben kann, wenn man sie braucht. Wirklich schade, denn das Finanzierungssystem sowie den Schutz der Koloniestaaten finde ich überaus gelungen und Forschungsstoff gibt es reichlich, sofern ihr euch mit der technisch völlig überholten Kulisse anfreunden könnt. Im Endeffekt ist die Rückbesinnung auf den Runden-Modus zwar als positiv zu vermerken, aber an die durchfieberten Stunden von anno 1993 kommt dieses Spiel nicht heran – schade.
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GameStar (Germany)
Meine Wohnung zu putzen gehört nicht zu den spaßigsten Dingen im Leben, aber sie wird eben immer wieder schmutzig, und ich muss Woche für Woche in den gleichen Zimmern den gleichen Staub wegwischen. Nun wissen Sie bereits alles über UFO Extraterrestrials. Kenner des Originals werden sich im Spiel zwar sofort zu Hause fühlen. Aber Extraterrestrials beschleunigt das schon immer mühsam-zähe Spieltempo des Vorbilds kein Stück, sondern verschlimmert gar noch die Steuerung, schneidet taktische Tiefe raus und verzichtet weitgehend auf Abwechslung. Wie's (etwas) besser geht, zeigt UFO: Afterlight (GS 04/07: 71 Punkte).
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GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
Er zit niet veel goeds in UFO: Extraterrestrials, of het moest de aggresieve AI, de leuke techtree en de X-Com factor zijn. Maar dat maakt niets goed; dit is een bijzonder middelmatig spel dat enkel de die-hard fans van het origineel matig zal kunnen boeien.
52
GameSpot
OK, all of that sounds pretty grim. But despite the many flaws in UFO: Extraterrestrials, there remains something mildly compelling because of the aggressive AI, the expansive tech tree, and the X-COM look and feel. This isn't a good game no matter how you look at it, but there are rare moments where you almost feel hypnotized into believing you're playing something that actually resembles a proper X-COM remake. Of course, then the game turns around and does any number of remarkably stupid things, thus snapping you out of this reverie very quickly. At least you'll wring some small amount of nostalgia out of UFO before the harsh reality of its many, many problems sets in.
45
PC Player (Denmark)
UFO: Extraterrestrials er for dårligt produceret, prøver for lidt nyt og evner ikke rigtigt at fremstå som et interessant strategispil. Find (meget) hellere Silent Storm i en budgetudgave.