X-COM Collection review

  • Royalty of PC gaming
  • Turn-based terror
  • Brilliant and challenging
  • Weak Interceptor installment
  • Aged Enforcer installment
  • Dated graphics

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

More Info

Release date: Oct 08 2008 - PC (US)
Oct 08 2008 - PC (UK)
Available Platforms: PC
Genre: Strategy
Published by: 2K Games
Developed by: Take2 Interactive
ESRB Rating:
Teen: Animated Blood, Animated Violence


  • grimafacia - November 21, 2008 1:30 a.m.

    save, save and save. Thats the easiest way to complete TftD on hardest difficulty setting. Save before you fire, if you miss load. Feels like cheating though.
  • jayson_90210 - November 3, 2008 7:54 a.m.

    wtf! Don't know how I missed this release, gonna be firing up steam when I get home from work now. TFTD was damned hard though, never completed it

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