X-Com 3 - Apocalypse
The third game in the UFO (aka X-Com) series. For anyone who has played the first two games (like me), the game can be very confusing at first; just give it some time, and you will figure out the controls soon enough. The biggest difference between the previous games and this one is that you now have control over cities and not the world. You may think this is a flaw, but you will be surprised at the challenges the game offers. There are many buildings in a city, and each of these may be alien-infested! Also, you will need a good strategic plan for every mission.
As in every UFO game ever made (including Aftermath) you can give each soldier a custom name. I don't know exactly why but I love this feature whenever I come across it. Another thing I love about the UFO games is the research. The key to success in any of the UFO games is to always try to be one step ahead of the aliens in terms of science. You need to plan your research very carefully to achieve this.
As for graphics and sound, the game features a nicely pixelled utopian city, but the combat sequences within the buildings don't have the original feel from the first two games. Nevertheless, the game is still very nice to look at and the animations are good as well. Graphic-wise the game really shows what it can do inside the different buildings. A school building, for instance, will look very much like a school in real life. The sounds are (as in the first two games) just blips and beeps but they work incredibly well to enhance the game feeling. Anyone who has played UFO - Enemy Unknown will understand what I mean. The music is also perfect in terms of creating the ultimate gaming feel.
So, in short, X-Com - Apocalypse is a decent game, well worth any gamer's time and effort. An absolute must for fans of the series, and a definite 5 point score!
Just a friendly warning: If you see an alien that is small, yellow, and looks like a booger, kill it at once, otherwise you might share my sad destiny. Wendy Maree killed me with an explosive round after being corrupted by one of these, and as if that wasn't enough, she then ran off to blast away Puffin, Titan and Kosta, too...
Part of the X-Com Series
Reviewed by: Tom Henrik
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