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Top 5 Games Of 2012: Pete's List

By Pete Haas 2012-12-29 00:24:21 discussion comments

#4: XCOM: Enemy Unknown
Back in the nineties, X-COM was one of the best strategy series on the market. The games, which put players at the head of an agency battling extraterrestrials, were a combination of 4X strategy and turn-based combat. However, the series took a nosedive by the turn of the millennium because of ill-fated attempts to branch into the shooter and space sim markets. The strategy games became cult classics and remained unknown to most younger gamers.

Then Firaxis Games came along. The Civilization studio managed to resurrect X-Com and the turn-based strategy genre in one fell swoop with Enemy Unknown. Their reboot of the series kept the core strategy elements of the older games intact, while also introducing welcome improvements like vivid story-telling and deep character progression. The result is one of the most addictive games of the year.
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