X-COM: Enemy Unknown was praised for what it didn’t do almost as much as for what it did do. A remake of a classic strategy game about soldiers defending Earth from an alien invasion, it could very easily have become your typical first-person shooter. The footage shown for it in 2010 implied it would be one.
Instead, it remained true to its source and delivered an addictive and unique game experience. Mixing role-playing elements with turn-based combat and improving on the original, the game was well-liked by long-time fans. The shooter version later became The Bureau: X-COM Declassified, which, going by the reviews, was not as good as Enemy Unknown.
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