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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: 15 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. Jul 2, 2014
    90
    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
    85
    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
    85
    The X-Com sequel we all have been waiting for.
  4. Jun 20, 2014
    80
    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
    80
    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
    78
    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. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Aug 25, 2014
    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: 30 out of 46
  2. Negative: 8 out of 46
  1. Jan 12, 2016
    10
    Can't recommend this highly enough!

    It's very much like the original XCOM: UFO Defense. They included some improvements to air combat,
    Can't recommend this highly enough!

    It's very much like the original XCOM: UFO Defense. They included some improvements to air combat, added more realistic weapons and updated the old graphics with new 2D sprites and nicer textures.

    I think it looks very good with the current graphics and I like the "cold war" style, which later then get's upgraded with high-tech equipment of course.

    It's a great game and I'd really want to see the developers rewarded for creating this, it's all one has ever dreamed
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  2. Jun 5, 2014
    10
    Czekałem na ta gre od 3 lat. Spelnienie marzen, powrot pierwszego UFO :) Zajebioza :) polecam. Nawet na standardowym poziomie trudnosci nieCzekałem 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
  3. Jun 16, 2014
    10
    Here we are, finally writing the proper review for this game. I've decided to wait for the final version before writing anything about itHere 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.
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  4. Nov 29, 2014
    9
    I couldn't tell you what I prefer as an original XCom fan: The first two games from the ninetees, the recent excellen reboot by Firaxis orI couldn't tell you what I prefer as an original XCom fan: The first two games from the ninetees, the recent excellen reboot by Firaxis or this. Xenonauts is definitely made with a lot of love and respect for the original games. The graphics, which seem to be a stumbling point for some, look like a great continuation of the original cheap alien-movie art that was in the original.

    Essentially it's all about the gameplay and that could hardly have been better.
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  5. Sep 25, 2014
    8
    What an amazing old style pearl! Xenonauts it's exactly what it is intended to be: a solid and pretty remake of UFO: Enemy Unknow, and youWhat an amazing old style pearl! Xenonauts it's exactly what it is intended to be: a solid and pretty remake of UFO: Enemy Unknow, and you cand make tit even better thorugh mods. Expand
  6. Dec 12, 2014
    7
    As a long time X-COM fan, in fact since the release of the DOS Enemy Unknown, I was looking forward to this remake. What a disappointment! IAs a long time X-COM fan, in fact since the release of the DOS Enemy Unknown, I was looking forward to this remake. What a disappointment! I must say that it looks great and the combat management and base management are true to the original (With certain minor omissions that I consider irrelevant).
    Combat is very though even at normal difficulty setting. Your opponents are faster, more accurate and much better equipped than the best of your squad. However, since it's possible to save the game whenever you wish, it evens up the chances as far as I'm concerned. Where it breaks totally for me, it's
    the very short time you have before funding is cut and countries turn against you. It makes the game totally unfair and kills any feeling of accomplishment you may have. Events are happening outside your zone of control and without any possibility for you to intervene. Click on it, double click on it,
    right click on it but you'll never be able to make it a target for your fighters or send a squad to investigate. Nevertheless, you are penalized. This is made even worse because, regardless of where you put your base to start, the AI will automatically move the action outside of your action zone. Again, it's
    possible to try to mitigate this by saving often , reloading and hoping to get a better dice roll but it's a totally useless aggravation that brings nothing to the game. In the end though it's NOT a steam game, no DRM and the price on GoG is very acceptable. So, if you're a X-COM unconditional get it and hope
    for an update to better balance the odds on the world map.
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  7. saz
    Jul 14, 2014
    0
    Really bad. Played Xcom for gees, 20 years. Clunky UI, dated graphics, just hard to play and enjoy. I did play it for a day but I couldn'tReally bad. Played Xcom for gees, 20 years. Clunky UI, dated graphics, just hard to play and enjoy. I did play it for a day but I couldn't finish a single game. Expand

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