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  • Summary: XCOM: Enemy Within is the expansion to the 2012 strategy game XCOM: Enemy Unknown. Enemy Within adds an array of new abilities, upgrades and weapons to combat new enemy and alien threats. This expansion pack also introduces new maps, new tactical and strategic gameplay, and new multiplayerXCOM: Enemy Within is the expansion to the 2012 strategy game XCOM: Enemy Unknown. Enemy Within adds an array of new abilities, upgrades and weapons to combat new enemy and alien threats. This expansion pack also introduces new maps, new tactical and strategic gameplay, and new multiplayer content providing a fresh new gameplay experience. Expand
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Nov 11, 2013
    93
    The game often throws you curveballs; you can easily have a rookie wander too deep into the battlefield and suddenly alert three units of enemies. However, dealing with the bad hands you’re dealt is what makes XCOM’s battles so exciting – and often leads to creative problem solving.
  2. Nov 11, 2013
    90
    It’s front-loaded with enticing new options that dramatically increase the replay value of the first half of the campaign, though the latter half is a bit neglected.
  3. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Dec 2, 2013
    90
    All of the augmentations do not unbalance what was already a near-perfect formula. Do yourself a favour, step out of your genre-rut and buy this gem today. [Christmas 2013, p74]
  4. LaPS4
    Nov 11, 2013
    85
    Quotation forthcoming.
  5. Dec 4, 2013
    85
    XCOM: Enemy within significantly expands on XCOM: Enemy Unknown and because of that, die hard fans or newcomers are advised to get it. It's a shame the developers didn't do anything about the bugs though, since they're still very present.
  6. Nov 11, 2013
    80
    Enemy Within is great, but its greatness comes with qualifications. Players who have never played XCOM: Enemy Unknown will find their best entry point here, since it remedies some of the concerns of the original and manages to keep others from taking their place.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 16
  2. Negative: 4 out of 16
  1. Apr 2, 2014
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This game is surprisingly addicting. I enjoyed XCOM EU but Enemy Within just adds so much more. All previous DLC from EU, new characters and enemy types. You get new abilities, mechs, gene mods which make you character even more powerful and can give you a tactical advantage.
    I bought this game after hearing about it, thinking it was the same as EU, I thought I was not missing out on much but I was wrong.

    If you have not played EU though, you can still jump into this one simply cause it's a decent expansion.
    If you're into squad based strategy games, this game in my opinion holds the crown(for console turn based RTS).
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  2. Sep 21, 2014
    9
    Weones ql q no cachan nada de weas de video juego este game es la cumbia!!! Chupenla pichula lo q le ponen un 7 mancos ql q ho cachan ni unaWeones ql q no cachan nada de weas de video juego este game es la cumbia!!! Chupenla pichula lo q le ponen un 7 mancos ql q ho cachan ni una wea hasta metascore cacha lo bueno del juego Expand
  3. Nov 27, 2013
    9
    This game I found almost exactly as addicting as it's predecessor, what makes it a true success isn't just the added little perks to game, butThis game I found almost exactly as addicting as it's predecessor, what makes it a true success isn't just the added little perks to game, but the additions to the story, showing a wider spectrum on the world and adding more flavor and ideas to the idea of a alien invasion. With the inclusion of a third party enemy looking to sabotage you, to the new inclusions in the story it actually feels very fresh. It's also harder, it forces your tactics to change from previous games and with additions like Training roulette it also guarantee's true uniqueness in your soldiers as you go forward. It's not really any different from "Enemy Unknown," but the additions it includes definitely makes "Enemy unknown" the lesser product between the two.

    If you like strategy games, or if you liked Enemy Unknown pick it up, you'll enjoy it.
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  4. May 13, 2017
    7
    Call me a purist on this, but X-Com: UFO Defense for the PC FAR SUPERIOR. That's right, a title that was made in 1994, is better. Okay,Call me a purist on this, but X-Com: UFO Defense for the PC FAR SUPERIOR. That's right, a title that was made in 1994, is better. Okay, before I continue, I get it, there is the seriously sweet graphics and there is flashier presentation on it. But there is something this game doesn't have. Squads are now reduced to 8-14 members. Where the original has the ability to larger teams and crews together.

    Also, there is no ability to search dead aliens and members for ammo and gear. (Yeah, that existed in 1994) Base management and finances have been oversimplified and it just seems as though the whole tension of tightly managing a loose X-Com project, while doing recon missions is gone.

    Granted, the visual improvements and cover system improvements are a big plus. The same weapons are researched and developed; as are almost all of the aliens from the original.

    Honestly, it was good, but I'll still find myself going back to my PC version of UFO Defense.
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  5. Jun 15, 2014
    5
    XCOM Enemy Within is a great game but its more or less a carbon copy of XCOM Enemy Within. If you havent played Enemy Unknown then get EnemyXCOM Enemy Within is a great game but its more or less a carbon copy of XCOM Enemy Within. If you havent played Enemy Unknown then get Enemy Within as its got a few extra bits n pieces but otherwise if you already own Enemy Unknown dont bother, the 'changes' arent big enough to warrant a new purchase. Expand
  6. Feb 2, 2016
    2
    Game constantly crashes requiring consoleGame constantly crashes requiring console restart........................................................................................................ Expand
  7. Jun 4, 2014
    0
    I've never shared my full story about how terrible the bugs are in this game, so here it goes.

    I played EU with little issues and enjoyed
    I've never shared my full story about how terrible the bugs are in this game, so here it goes.

    I played EU with little issues and enjoyed it, so figured I'd purchase the "stand alone expansion" and have more fun. I was disappointed when it became clear EW was not a new game but just the same game with a few tweaks, but that's on me for not doing my research.

    I played through the same old content to the point where I got to send a soldier on a covert mission. Fun! As I counted down the (game) days to new things besides meld, my base was attacked. Sweet! New! Exciting!

    Then the base attack mission wouldn't load. You can see a video of what happens here (not my video, just someone else with the exact same problem): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8hUXCeJMkw

    Spent a few hours trouble shooting, then finally found a PLAYER derived solution that involved uninstalling the game and NOT allowing the latest patch to load. After allowing the game to download over night, it worked! Yay new content!

    Played a half hour. Got towards the middle of the base defense mission, then the game just sat there making sounds. Infinite alien spawn loop bug. Progress lost. Gave up for the night. Overnight my playstation auto updated. Opened up my save for the game in the base defense mission. Because the auto update had downloaded the newest patch, it would not load again. Uninstalled game. Downloaded game for the third time. Re-installed game for the third time.

    Got to around the same place as before, saving frequently. This time the game crashed after an alien movement. Punched babies in frustration. Finished the one mission after two reinstalls and 2 complete crashes.
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