Percentile Rank

Xenonauts is ranked in the 56th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 7 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

73

Top Critic Average

57%

Critics Recommend

Based on 7 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Scored Reviews

PC Gamer
85 / 100
85 / 100
Jun 20, 2014

With deep strategic systems, omnipresent dread, and clean turn-based combat, Xenonauts is a triumph of rebooted game design.

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GameWatcher
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 20, 2014

Xenonauts is a faithful modernization of a classic. It retains the features that made X-COM such a tense and memorable game, with base invasions and a gigantic open-ended campaign of depth and freedom. If Firaxis' revamped take on the series felt a little too directed and linear for you, then Xenonauts is likely to delight. By removing the fat and giving us a non-headache inducing UI, the games strengths are allowed to shine through and they remained undimmed by the passage of time.

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Softpedia
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 8, 2014

Xenonauts is a good game, designed specifically to appeal to the group of gamers who have solid memories of the classic X-Com experience and want to play something that's familiar and slightly different at the same time.

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jul 1, 2014

Xenonauts is an excellent strategy game that casts you as Earth's only line of defense against an apparently omnipresent extraterrestrial threat.

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IGN
7.8 / 10.0
Dan Stapleton

Top Critic

7.8 / 10.0
Aug 6, 2014

An incredibly challenging recreation of the classic X-COM: UFO Defense, Xenonauts a little too loyal for its own good.

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Eurogamer
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jul 2, 2014

This game rewards the most patient of tacticians. If that's you - if you're the person with enough time units of your own - it will certainly satisfy. Xenonauts knows exactly who its audience is, exactly what it's aiming for and, while it may never achieve a wider appeal, it will capture that audience in a very familiar act of alien abduction.

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Cubed3
4 / 10
Cubed3
Eric

Top Critic

4 / 10
Oct 16, 2014

Xenonauts strove to both sticking to the XCOM formula, as well as striking out in some new directions, however, it fails on multiple fronts. Being a devoted fan there might be something to check out here, but the repetition, lack of choices, and lack of progress will wear on a gamer quickly. Anyone not a fan would likely give the game up very rapidly due to an unfriendly difficulty and little impetus to continue onwards.

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