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  • Summary: The sequel to UFO: Aftermath - Global strategy and small scale tactical missions intertwined...The year is 2054. Fifty years ago, something terrible happened and the surface of Earth became uninhabitable. The remnants of humankind escaped to an immense flying island, the Laputa. However a revolt against increasingly rigid and corrupt human leadership of the island escalated into a conflict that eventually destroyed it. The survivors of the survivors flee once again. Can they reclaim the Earth from the unknown forces now holding her in their grasp? The game features new amazing technologies and items to be researched and developed, new enemies and allies, resource and base management in the strategic game, and improved SAS and RPG systems in the tactical game. [Cenega Publishing] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. Aftershock is a very difficult but fun strategy title that marries strategic and tactical portions which are both compelling and fully-developed, as well as an important RPG system, which also interconnects quite well with the other portions of the game.
  2. If nothing else, the combination of squad-based combat with a RTS title makes UFO: Aftershock worth picking up, but the game surpasses its gimmick with solid gameplay.
  3. It's plagued by page after page of 'I don't daren't [sic] skip this' tutorial help, but there are rewards for those who persevere. [Dec 2005 p.89]
  4. At its core, the game is almost solid. Good graphics, fun combat sequences, and the slowly rewarding element of research and development have potential for a real winner. However, the game is just simply too long and repetitive for its own good.
  5. The graphics need to be overhauled, the missions need to be more diverse, and I would definitely like to see a deeper diplomatic side to the game. The bottom line, however, is that if you like strategy and micromanaging a lot, you should give this a try, but if you are easily bored, you'd probably want to pass on this title.
  6. Playable, but lacking any "fun factor".
  7. While UFO: Aftershock improves on its predecessor in some ways, there's just far too much wrong with this copy of the classic X-COM alien-hunting strategy series to recommend it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 18
  2. Negative: 3 out of 18
  1. OllyC.
    Oct 31, 2005
    Great game, very addictive, a great successor to the xcom series.
  2. RichardC.
    Apr 22, 2006
    Great game very addictive but hard to get used to so controls but that is all preference.
  3. PaulC.
    Oct 24, 2005
    Got this Friday, played all weekend. Substantially better than Aftermath. Combat is slicker, and the base building is well implemented. Laughably they say the game is not inspired by X-COM games.....If this isn't a better implementation of X-Com Apocalype - then it's a small dog called Colin. (Aftermath was inferior to the flawed Apocalypse - Aftershock is IMO superior, and corrects some of the gameplay issues both Apoc and Aftermath had) Only many hours play will see how the game balancing works out - and this game encouraged me so far to invest that far so good. :-) Expand
  4. VictorVictor
    Jun 26, 2008
    UFO: Aftershock is far better then Aftermath. XCom is something, UFO is something else. TBS, RPG and classical strategy in one single game. A good 9 from me, not 10 because I know other games far better then this one. Anyway, it's not borring, very good graphics and a good game! Expand
  5. CameronM.
    Jan 15, 2006
    A huge improvement over Aftermath. Criticisms about repetitiveness are valid but hold across the genre and this game makes up for that with good graphics and improved RPG and strategy elements. Must mention : The Gamespot review is anomalous, ill-informed and written by a game-journo-hack who had no idea how to play this style of game. He certainly got no more that 10% of the way through the story. (Read the review to see what I mean) With this release perhaps now people and shoddy reviewers will abandon XCom comparisons and treat this and future UFO After* titles as elements in a solid independent series and worthwhile addition to the genre. Expand
  6. UNI
    Nov 15, 2005
    A good ideas but awful graphics and gameplay, old UFOs were much better.
  7. RobE.
    May 19, 2007
    Very sorry, loved X-COM in 1995, but copying it exactly in 2007 is not a good idea. Especially when you have everything you need in UFO: Afterlight. Stay away from this. Bad graphics, terrible interface. Expand

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