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  • Summary: Xenonauts is a strategy game through which you control a multi-national military organization defending a Cold War-era Earth from alien invasion, using small squads of persistent soldiers to eliminate the extraterrestrials and recover their technology in turn-based ground combat.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Jul 2, 2014
    Taking everything into consideration, it's safe to say that Xenonauts is a must play for any fan of turn based strategy games, as it is one that I'll be playing for some time to come.
  2. Jul 2, 2014
    Many software houses tried to follow the path of X-Com. Goldhawk Interactive is the first one that managed to do it.
  3. Aug 27, 2014
    The X-Com sequel we all have been waiting for.
  4. Jun 20, 2014
    Xenonauts is a faithful modernization of a classic. It retains the features that made X-COM such a tense and memorable game, with base invasions and a gigantic open-ended campaign of depth and freedom. If Firaxis' revamped take on the series felt a little too directed and linear for you, then Xenonauts is likely to delight.
  5. Jul 17, 2014
    An ode to the strategy genre and a tribute to UFO: Enemy Unknown, Xenonauts takes all the best characteristic from his spiritual father and makes some little and very much welcome changes.
  6. Aug 6, 2014
    It may be the closest thing to X-COM: UFO Defense we’ve seen in 20 years, but its frustrations make it tougher to recommend than it should be.
  7. 40
    The road to this borefest was paved by good intentions: building on a classic wasn't a bad idea, not improving on it is an opportunity sorely missed. [Issue#244]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 32
  2. Negative: 6 out of 32
  1. Jun 16, 2014
    Here we are, finally writing the proper review for this game. I've decided to wait for the final version before writing anything about it because despite the long time it took to be finished, it really deserves to be evaluated in its final shape.

    First thing first, I must say there are lots of x-com remakes out there. Since I'm one of the few lucky players that have played (and loved, despite I was just a kid) the original series the time it was released, it is well-known that all later remakes never really succeed to reach the quality (or even the game type) of the original. X-Com: Enemy Unknown and its successors were a very complex but still very engaging type of game. None of the later versions was as deep as the old ones, and this is plain truth.

    Xenonauts is just another remake, but this time it is the right one. It is clear that the developers have vastly played the old series and have absorbed the real nature of it. Everything here is in place and working, something (aka aerial fights, just to tell one) is even better than the original, if it could be possible!

    Now that I'm grown up and I understand what tactics mean, playing this game make me desire to come back in time and play the old series the way I'm playing Xenonauts now. It's really a lot of fun. My love to the old series is even bigger now, thanks to Xenonauts and its incredible fidelity to the original game.

    The game itself is really well done, in mostly every aspect. It does give you the right sensation of alien invasion, it is really hard to manage every ufo in sight and succeed. Aerial fights are often quite difficult but entertaining (only con: waiting time during retreat). Ground combat is simply great, the AI is sufficiently smart to even surprise you, sometimes, and that's really appreciated for a game like this. Base management is quite intricate due to a menu system I really do not love that much, but it is still playable without great difficulty.

    For me is a plain 10/10 also considering it is and indie game. Absolute try for every fan of the old series.
  2. Jun 21, 2014
    Eagerly awaited, I thought xenonauts would never be finished but the 30th of May it went live. And live it was. I loved the old X-Com:Ufo Defense and Terror from the Deep titles and played them to death. I hoped for the X-COM EU to fill the shoes but I tried it and found it lacking. Xenonauts seemed like a long shot but I was checking up on it from time to time, waiting for it to be finished. What a treat I was in for. Turn-based isometric tactical gaming in a crisp, modern UI, with just the right level of granularity. And that is just the ground combat. The UFO interceptions are exciting and give a new aspect, and the world map strategy is as deep as the original games.
    One of my favourite aspects of the original games was the oppressive, brutal atmosphere. You were always fighting uphill and hoping for your veteran squaddies to pull through each mission. The music was key here, and Xenonauts delivers what is possibly an even better score for this. In particular the night missions are haunting and will have you sweating with each end turn, just seeing the hidden movement splash screen , hearing screams in the dark merging with the ominous musical backdrop. Brilliant. I am so so happy.
    I have tracked three times the amount of time gaming this compared to X-com EU so far and I have just began.
  3. Jun 5, 2014
    Czekałem na ta gre od 3 lat. Spelnienie marzen, powrot pierwszego UFO :) Zajebioza :) polecam. Nawet na standardowym poziomie trudnosci nie jest latwo.. najtrudniej zadbac o to by koszty stale nie przewyzaszyly przychodow. Expand
  4. Sep 14, 2014
    This game is sort of hard to get into, it has a mean learning curve. I would say it's significantly more difficult than either the new XCOM or the original UFO. But once you get used to it, it's actually quite good. Very challenging, but not unfair. AI for various aliens is actually quite amazing: they all have their own "character" when moving on a battlefield. Overall, the game may lack a certain polish, but it is a must for everyone interested in the genre. Expand
  5. Jun 2, 2013
    A great redux of an old classic. Everything you loved about the original X-com is here, with some improved mechanics and re-imagined. The beta overall is quite good, with some balance issues that need to be resolved. Even so, game is wholly playable, fun and quite a challenge, even on normal. Expand
  6. Jul 14, 2014
    It's definately the best classic x-com game remake. I don't realy consider FIraxis X-com as a true classical x-COM remake, that one is more of a completely new game with just the story of the classic. Xenonauts on the other hand tries to update classical old x-com UFO unknown to better graphics, always stay faithfull to the feeling and vibe of it's roots and even tries to add something of its own to grow on the classical game.

    The developers realy had a lot of attention to keep the old vibe and never get too radical in changes, i understand that and i realy apreciate people realy respecting one of the best strategies game ever made, that many many companies tried to reproduce but always failed to recreate the feeling.

    Xenonauts can capture some of the initial x-com vibe, i'm very please with that. I don't give more of a score because the balance doesn't feel right sometimes. People keep losing countries to the aliens in times you can't even build a radar detection there, i believe the developers wanted to give us a feeling of urgency, but it feels realy fake like if a country will go dark in 2 months if you just don't go there and kill stuff... feels unnatural. The game does a good job of keeping random stuff happening in the world you can't control or do anything but losing a country very fast like they are sitting ducks just doesn't feel right.

    Other than that, the random maps are repetitive. There is a comunity mod you can download to add more variety but feels... cheap from the developers not doing that aswell.

    So basicaly two strong negative points, but realy gets you the feeling of nostalgia from x-com and a bunch of other good stuff in the strategy genre, totaly worth the price and feel the love (and respect / admiration) the devs had with x-com - A true homage.

  7. Jul 16, 2014
    Not compatible or supported for Mac, although the developers are perfectly happy to fake it long enough to take your money. Shady business practice is shady. Expand

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