In the interminable wait for the announcement of a new breed of X-Com games, there’s no reason for you not to revel in this most grand royalty of PC gaming. The X-Com games work like Thunderbirds: your teams are being called out to various hotspots throughout the world from a central equipping station (like Tracey Island) where tech upgrades are researched. Then, when you get your team to the relevant isometric area with alien feet scuttling just below the fog of war, turn-based terror ensues.
Our personal favorite is X-Com: Terror from the Deep (a definite contender for hardest strategy game of all time) but being able to nab this alongside X-Com: UFO Defense, Interceptor, Enforcer and Apocalypse for what roughly equals a movie ticket is an outright steal. That said Interceptor, (ropey Wing Commander wannabe) and Enforcer (ropey third-person action) haven’t exactly weathered time with their dignity intact.
Currently only available on Steam.
Oct 30, 2008