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Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 3.9
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 4.3
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.9
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 4.3
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.8
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations and special editions which don't have unique game content not available in a standalone game or DLC. 4.0
Overall User Score (58 votes) 4.0

Critic Reviews

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X-Com gives you quite the daunting task to undertake in saving the entire world from invasion. But despite the many challenges it presents, playing it is an enormously rewarding experience that, even in the day and age of such hugely superior technology, has yet to be truly replicated.
Netjak (Sep 19, 2005)
Tactics Arena Online, Final Fantasy Tactics, the Dynastic Tactics games, or any of X-Com’s many (unfortunate) sequels all fail to reach the incredible depth and worldwide strategy/localized tactics mix that X-Com achieves. After all these years, X-Com: UFO Defense still sits atop the throne of turn-based strategy, and it is difficult to see anything replacing it in the near future.
PC Zone (Aug 13, 2001)
This is the first game in the seminal X-COM series, and it's no exagerration to say it took the world by storm when it was first released in 1994. The graphics are nothing special, the sound's nothing special and the music is decidedly dodgy, but those of you willing to investigate the game's finer intricacies will be rewarded with one of the most addictive and satisfying game experiences ever.