Early in November, I picked up the expansion pack for X-Com: Enemy Unknown. The base game was good, it hailed back to the same feeling as the original X-Com and X-Com Terror From the Deep. Both where much better than the 3rd X-Com game, whose name escapes me and was not worth the effort of even looking it up in Google. (Yes, the 3rd game was that bad.)
Thankfully, Enemy Unknown was good. Enemy Within just makes it better.
So here is my rating:
|Stealth Alien Tentacle Monsters.|
|El Banditos, aka: Exalt.|
Exalt is pretty straight forward, they have four classes of badguys: Assault, Support, Sniper, Heavy. And amazingly they are armed just like you... only they tend to come in large packs, and have upwards of 15 of them on the map. So, yeah they are like your X-Com soldiers, only more numerous... and just as deadly. So play carefully when you are up against them.
Of course Enemy Within adds to the toys your X-com forces get to use. You get a whole boatload of new support equipment such as new grenades, reaper rounds, and a few other things. There are new foundry Projects including one that allows EVERY soldier to equip two support items.
|Extreme Voluntary Augmentation: MecTrooper.|
|Glow my brain, please.|
There are also new council missions, new mission types, new helmet and hair styles, an option to have soldiers speak in their native tongue (unless they would be speaking Chinese or Japanese - seriously, why not include those languages?), and a few other tweaks.
I've beaten the game on normal several times... and right now I'm getting my ass handed to me on 'Classic' constantly. It reminds me of how lethal the old Terror from the Deep was.
The expansion, Enemy Within, is really good. But it only rates at four stars since it really is the same game, just with more. And it still has some of the failures of the original Enemy Unknown like the fact that there are no regional tile sets. A city in Japan looks exactly like a city in Mexico or a city in Russia or a city in Europe. This is wrong. There needed to be some tiles they could use to simulate an authentic regional feel. The other area the game falls down in is replay value. The only reason to play it again is to challenge yourself on a higher level.
Still it is a lot of fun, and the expansion gives you a lot more options. Is it worth it, yeah.
|This was a ball-buster mission.|