More Reviews
REVIEWS ONE PIECE Unlimited World Red Review
"Unlimited World Red"? More like "Sorta Limited Town and Extended Areas... Red. And Blue. And Some Yellow."

Magic 2015: Duels of the Planesw Review
Flirting with disaster year after year, Duels of the Planewalkers has unfortunately overplayed its hand.
More Previews
PREVIEWS Hand of Fate Preview
Dungeons & Dragons mixed with the Batman: Arkham series... wait, what?!
Release Dates
NEW RELEASES Sacred 3
Release date: 08/05/14

Hohokum
Release date: 08/12/14

Tales of Xillia 2
Release date: 08/19/14

Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare
Release date: 08/19/14


LATEST FEATURES Women in the World of Villainy: Achieving the 50/50 Split
We're getting more women in our video games narratives, but why do men still make up the majority of enemies?

The Four Remaining Halo 2 Multiplayer Maps That Deserve a Remake
The Master Chief Collection is getting a total of six remade multiplayer maps from Halo 2 and we know two of them already.
MOST POPULAR FEATURES Picking Your Gender: 5 Industry Professionals Discuss Queer Identity in Gaming
Women from Naughty Dog, ArenaNet, Harmonix, and Gamespot unite to talk about what they want from games in terms of diversity.
 
Coming Soon

LEADERBOARD
Read More Member Blogs
FEATURED VOXPOP Kakulukia
Why Sunset Overdrive Can Go Suck A Lemon
By Kakulukia
Posted on 07/14/14
Yesterday, while cleaning up my media center, I found my copy of Ratchet & Clank: Into The Nexus, which I bought sometime before Christmas last year. I had been pretty excited about this game pre-release, what with it being the first "traditional", albeit shorter than usual,...

XCOM: Enemy Within Preview

Nick_Tan By:
Nick_Tan
09/04/13
PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION
EMAIL TO A FRIEND
GENRE Action 
PLAYERS  
PUBLISHER 2K Games 
DEVELOPER Firaxis 
RELEASE DATE Out Now
M Contains Blood and Gore, Strong Language, Violence

What do these ratings mean?

Vigilo Confido.
 
Despite the less than stellar offshoot The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, the main XCOM series of futuristic strategy remains untarnished. Fans who want something more familiar to the turn-based combat of XCOM: Enemy Unknown should have their hands on the trigger for the upcoming expansion pack, XCOM: Enemy Within, which Firaxis hopes includes enough new soldier classes, abilities, upgrades, and weapons that you'll want to conquer the core title once more to experience Enemy Within to its fullest extent.
 
The natural extension of anything XCOM-related would be technological advancement, and to this Enemy Within will not disappoint. The human race has integrated alien science one step further with several new breeds of soldier units, including a gene-enhanced sniper who can jump onto pillars that serve as a fortified perch and mech units that can pulverize anything into pulp with a kinetic power punch.


 
Genetic modifications, discovered through alien autopsies, will become available in the Genetics Labs. Not only will Gene Mods alter a soldier's appearance with unique costumes, but they can give incredible advantages on the field, like Neural Feedback which damages aliens who attempt to use mind control on the user or Adaptive Bone Marrow which lets wounded soldiers regenerate some lost health. Another mod will give soldiers a redundant second heart for protection from perma-death, and Mimetic Skin will turn units invisible if they're in high cover for sneaky criticals.
 
MEC Troopers, enhanced from any soldier who isn't a rookie, will come with cybernetic implants that allow them to control the Mechanized Exoskeleton Cybersuit. Given their incredible armor, they won't be able to take cover, but they won't need it with their 20-unit health ar and heavy weaponry, such as the Flamethrower and Kinetic Strike Module, both of which dish out collateral damage. MEC Troopers can upgraded even further with an area-healing Restorative Mist and an area-of-effect electric attack called Electropulse that completely demolishes any alien Mechtoids and flying Seekers. Collecting the new resource called Meld strewn throughout the environment will be necessary if you wish to construct additional Mech units and upgrades at base.


 
Apart from a bevy of tweaks to the interface and combat which would be too long to list here, several new items will increase the survival rate of your team. Four new grenades—Needle, Stealth, Gas, and Flashbang—provide additional ways to inflict negative statuses and inflict damage on aliens without completely destroying their bodies for autopsies. The new Mimic Beacon attracts aliens with a decoy, and the new Respirator Vest protects units from the Seeker's paralyzing strangle attack. If that wasn't enough, Enemy Within also comes with 47 new maps and 8 new maps for multiplayer.
 
However, a note of caution: While Enemy Within is a technically an expansion pack, it mutates the core gameplay enough that you will need to replay Enemy Unknown. On PC and Mac, the expansion will be available for download for $29.99, and for Xbox 360 and PS3 consoles it will be a disc-based standalone title entitled XCOM: Enemy Within - Commander Edition which comes with Enemy Unknown as well as the Elite Soldier and Slingshot add-ons for $39.99. Whichever way you choose to purchase Enemy Within, it's slated for November 12, 2013.
Tags:   XCOM, PAX, 2K Games, Firaxis
More from the Game Revolution Network




comments powered by Disqus

 


More information about XCOM: Enemy Within


More On GameRevolution