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XCOM: Enemy Within

2K Games, Firaxis Games
Nov 12, 2013 - PC

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Critic Reviews for XCOM: Enemy Within

Enemy Within is an improvement on an already excellent game. For every decision that must be made there are several factors to consider, rarely enough money to pay for everything, and uncomfortable consequences to be faced for failure. All of this is exacerbated still further when playing on Classic difficulty or with Ironman mode enabled, where you're constantly worrying about what to do next or second guessing the action that you've just taken. Much like the genetic modifications that it champions, XCOM: Enemy Within is an experience that gets under your skin.

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New abilities, tough enemies and more maps make XCOM: Enemy Within a superb expansion, but the ending needs an upgrade.

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The fantastic Exalt missions, gene mods, and MEC Troopers are an excellent reason to play more XCOM.

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Enemy Within is a worthwhile expansion to both XCOM vets and newcomers. All of its new additions bring a great deal of extra challenge and strategy to one of 2012's best games.

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Enemy Within isn't easy, but its complex strategy and clever enemy AI provide a highly rewarding experience

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XCOM: Enemy Within is a feature-packed expansion that makes a great game even greater.

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Enemy Within adds a ton of new maps, mission types, and soldier abilities without losing the balance and unrelenting tension that make it XCOM.

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Enemy Within doesn't fundamentally change the XCOM experience, but it does add a number of new challenges and strategies for veterans of Enemy Unknown. This expansion may be a little too much to handle for newcomers, but the XCOM faithful will find a whole new series of important decisions to obsess over.

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