- Platform: Windows NT / 98 / 2000 / Me / XP / 95
- ESRB Rating: Teen
- Media: CD-ROM
Coupled with testosterone-satisfying combat, you'll need to research new technologies to develop incredible weapons and devices if you're going to outwit and out-nuke those ugly aliens and killer mutants back to the space. As Commander of this formidable operation, keep your wits about you while strategically managing your bases and making tactical, on-the-ground advances--but keep your stamina and focus strong, as the randomly generated environments, tactical missions, and dangerous aliens with advanced artificial intelligence will take you off-guard to earth's eternal suffering.
I must tell you, that I have had this game for over a week and I still have yet to play it. I installed it straight out of the box and it instantly crashed. I was prepared for this, as I had already read the reviews. I then downloaded all the patches, bringing my game version up to 1.3. Guess what? It still crashes and my computer greatly exceeds all the recommended system specifications.
A LITTLE RANTING: I have never played a game by Cenega before and I probably will think twice before buying another. This game certainly doesn't speak well for them. If I went to a car dealership and bought a NEW car, I would expect the engine to be in it and be able to drive the car off the lot. Cenega should ensure its games are complete and playable before they release them to the market! Even if it means pushing the release date back.
BOTTOM LINE: I can't recommend this game, I haven't even played it! You buy a game for enjoyment and trying to fuss with multiple patches and still not have the game work is NOT enjoyment.
The game sacrafices plot for graphics. X-Com UFO Defense (which arguably had lame graphics by today's standards) was thouroughly engaging plotwise. You wanted to win the missons even if, for nothing else, to see what would happen next on the tech-tree. Also, there was a certain uniqueness to each member of your squad that made you kind of "attatched". Here, you are expected to be so awestruck by the flashy graphics and 3-D acceleration that you can overlook the substance of the storyline and characters. In fact, the storyline is quite boring compared to the original x-com.
Still, for me, one reason stands out among the rest. The FONT! What is wrong with computer game programmers nowadays. Do they think that people want to play computer games with magnifying glasses? I had to sit one foot away from my screen to go the tutorial. The game is guaranteed to cause migraines! I have noticed that this has become a trend with modern PC games, although I really don't know why. Sure, I know it sounds knit-picky, but the overall effect is that it makes the unenjoyable games even less enjoyable.
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