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  • Summary: XCOM: Enemy Within is the expansion to the 2012 Game of the Year award-winning 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
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Nov 11, 2013
    As far as expansions go, Enemy Within takes a relatively safe approach, opting to flesh out Enemy Unknown with new maps, enemies, and upgrades rather than redefining its core. Thankfully, it works, because the additions are every bit as smart and enjoyable as the main game.
  2. Nov 11, 2013
    On the whole, Enemy Within plays like someone, somewhere kept a list of every minor thing they imagined, while playing Enemy Unknown, would make that game better — and then made those changes.
  3. Nov 13, 2013
    Essential for fans and newcomers alike, XCOM: Enemy Within’s additions meaningfully alter your experience of the game, forcing players to take new approaches to an already loved title. Firaxis has done it again.
  4. Dec 23, 2013
    This is the definitive version of XCOM. If you're looking for tons of content, high challenge and old-school, hardcore gameplay, this is the place where you'll find it all.
  5. Jan 2, 2014
    The follow-up to one of last year's best games is an enchanted version of the same masterpiece. Battles are more expansive and go way deeper than before. The higher difficulty levels alongside the Iron Man Mode gives the gameplay an incredible nerve and challenge. Xcom Enemy Within might as well also be one of this years best games.
  6. Dec 10, 2013
    Still, XCOM: Enemy Within is exactly what Enemy Unknown needed. More maps, more aliens, more equipment... more content.
  7. Apr 22, 2014
    Many of the great franchises of the 90s have burned out or faded away. But now, XCOM is back in a way that plays like a love letter to the original. It may not be stellar, but it has everything to make it feel right with the old fans while at the same time welcoming the newbies with tentacular appendages. That is a rare and wonderful thing.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Nov 14, 2013
    Don't get me wrong. Enemy Unknown is a great game, one of my all-time favorites. At first, I was somewhat skeptical about this expansion. But Enemy Within's expanded content is an improvement in every way, and is well worth the price, even if you own the original. Yes, it is the same campaign, but the combat dynamic has changed with the introduction of Meld, and all of the benefits it provides. The additional battlefields are a welcome change and the inclusion of the last game's DLC really make customizing your troops a lot of fun. Obviously, if you didn't care for Enemy Unknown, this game, probably isn't going to change that. But if you liked it as much as I did, then you'll love Enemy Within. Expand
  2. Jan 29, 2014
    Enemy Within takes a great game and makes it even better by adding new challenges and variety, including some very memorable scripted missions. My kids and I loved the first one and played hours and hours. Buying Enemy Within started the XCOM craze all over again at our house. Expand
  3. Aug 6, 2014
    -my review will be simple and
    str8 forward to help someone decide. Not a fanboy or leveraged in either way.

    --Difficulty/challenge- awesome-can jack it up to hardest after ya get strategy down. It gets hard!
    --allows to rename EVERY soldier and customize every part of them.
    The only thing controlled is the "NICK NAMES" which is exciting IMO..
    -PERMA DEATH mode is awesome. There's no saving and reloading and if you're favorite sniper named after you're BFF,Dad or pet dies, then he's dead! All his upgrades are lost and you have ta start from scratch with a rookie and recreate, or just accept that he's gone permanently.. PERMADEATH MODE adds a dimension in gaming that I've never really experienced b4 and is why I gave this game a 10 instead of a 9..
    ------story---pretty cool for a strategy game....
    ---graphics- looks pretty. Not gonna blow you away, but enjoyable to look at. Neutral/average..
    --controls--BRILLIANT--the battlefield is tiled so ya can move 10-20 spots a turn. The spots on appear during movement.. And the controls are clever and awesome.
    --camera-- really makes the game.. The right stick moves the camera in 360* and it saves enhances you're perception of decisions..

    ---100% solo play campaign mode that has 100% replay ability because EVERYTHING is random.
    --this game is a must have for me and has opened the door up for me to enjoy strategy games again. And they don't have to be full blown RTS like Command & Conquor,,or. Halo Wars or advanced full military RTS like that.. XCOM stays simple and leaves the advanced part to strategy in story..
  4. Dec 2, 2013
    XCOM Enemy Unknown was my favorite game of 2012 right after Borderlands 2. This isn't a full sequel to Unknown, rather it is an expansion. But half the times it feels like an expansion, the other half a sequel.

    Whats new: Their is a new enemy faction of humans called the EXALT and they are stronger than the normal alien and a bit smarter, such as actually attempting to sneak up right behind you in the middle of a firefight.
    There is a new material called Meld that can change how you play the game. You can mod your squad into mechs or into having traits similar to the aliens.

    Even if you bought Unknown, you should definitely give this game a try.
  5. Jan 3, 2014
    Definitely a worthwhile play if you liked Enemy Unknown. Took a lot of the ideas I would have liked in the game and added them. Still a few things I'd wish for, such as a standard melee attack, but what game doesn't leave you wishing it had just a little more? Expand
  6. Jan 11, 2014
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. A very unique game to say the least. So much customisation, so many different items. So many missions, so much things to do and such little time. I found the mission where the XCOM hq is attacked VERY sudden, because I was just starting on abolishing EXALT from the world. This game is also kind of glitchy. I have had several instances where aliens were right in front of me. My soldier would then fire, but would point in completely the wrong direction and somehow hit the target. The game has also frozen twice for me. A frozen image with music looping. And it also freezes at the end of the enemy turn for a bit. But these are minor flaws. Overall a great game. Also what pisses me off is that all the people on multiplayer who kick your ass say "lol get rekt son". Expand
  7. Nov 30, 2013
    So far I've only played a week with Enemy Within but the only thing I've seen different is getting medals and a few new things to research. This is NOT what I paid $40 for!! I feel ripped off and that this should have been a DLC, not a $40 game! I've rarely written a negative review but I think xcom owes me some money back. I've got hundreds of games and I was excited about the new xcom enemy within. 2k makes a lot of games I like. I give this a low score because I feel deceived and robbed. But maybe there is something (really new) that I haven't gotten to yet with this game. Expand

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