It’s never been cheaper to play one of the best turn-based tactics games ever on Steam

Check out the title that revived an entire genre
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For a few years now there has been a consistent trickle of turn-based tactics games, which fill the fantastic genre with life and provide a steady stream of nourishment for its hungry fans – it could’ve been very different, though. In a world in which Firaxis, the developer of Civilization, never made XCOM: Enemy Unknown, turn-based tactics enthusiasts might have already been starved to death. Originally envisioned as a one-to-one remake of the original game from 1994, Enemy Unknown ended up improving on every aspect of its predecessor and single-handedly led the entire genre into a brighter future. How exactly did it do that?

Well, you can find out now for less than two dollars – XCOM: Enemy Unknown is 95% off on Steam until April 22, 2024, hitting its lowest-ever price. That’s a massive deal already, but do you know that’s an even greater bargain? Getting the XCOM: Ultimate Collection, which is off by 91% and not only includes Enemy Unknown with all its expansions, but also the complete XCOM 2 collection.

This is the best way to experience the series that has pretty much become eponymous for the entire genre – how often have you read the word XCOM-like or seen comparisons with it? It’s a great entry point for newcomers and the perfect opportunity to complete your collection, if you’re a veteran and want to revisit the series with some content you might have missed out on earlier.

In XCOM, you defend humankind from an alien invasion. You build up bases, recruit soldiers, and research technologies as you engage the enemy in deep and thrilling turn-based battles. Thanks to the infamous RNG elements – shots missing, critical hits coming at the worst moments – the fights will have you at the edge of your seat until the end. 

Pretty much every modern entry into this genre owes a debt to XCOM and you’d do yourself a disservice by not experiencing it. Enemy unknown may have already come out in 2012, but it’s perfectly fine to play even after a dozen years. Its systems and visuals are holding up nicely on PC and playing through it will prepare you for the awesome ride that is XCOM 2.


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Marco Wutz

MARCO WUTZ

Marco Wutz is a writer from Parkstetten, Germany. He has a degree in Ancient History and a particular love for real-time and turn-based strategy games like StarCraft, Age of Empires, Total War, Age of Wonders, Crusader Kings, and Civilization as well as a soft spot for Genshin Impact and Honkai: Star Rail. He began covering StarCraft 2 as a writer in 2011 for the largest German community around the game and hosted a live tournament on a stage at gamescom 2014 before he went on to work for Bonjwa, one of the country's biggest Twitch channels. He branched out to write in English in 2015 by joining tl.net, the global center of the StarCraft scene run by Team Liquid, which was nominated as the Best Coverage Website of the Year at the Esports Industry Awards in 2017. He worked as a translator on The Crusader Stands Watch, a biography in memory of Dennis "INTERNETHULK" Hawelka, and provided live coverage of many StarCraft 2 events on the social channels of tl.net as well as DreamHack, the world's largest gaming festival. From there, he transitioned into writing about the games industry in general after his graduation, joining GLHF, a content agency specializing in video games coverage for media partners across the globe, in 2021. He has also written for NGL.ONE, kicker, ComputerBild, USA Today's ForTheWin, The Sun, Men's Journal, and Parade. Email: marco.wutz@glhf.gg