Playing as the alien races in Master of Orion: Conquer the Stars can be quite diverse and thrilling, but with the DRM-free versions of the classic X-COM series, being on the side of mankind against the aliens can be a different experience on GOG.
Another bunch of games that completely passed me by back in the days but that I always wanted to play is this series that puts the player in the shoes of an agency fighting back all the terrors and horrors from the depths of space and sea. It all started with turn-based strategy simulation X-COM: UFO Defense in 1993 that set the template for the series. Combat and research went hand in hand to get back at the alien aggressors while managing troops in ground battle.
The sequel X-COM: Terror from the Deep brought the action to the seabed one year later, but made it even harder to succeed in an already tough tactical battle.
Even more of a change in direction is the third-person action shooter X-COM: Enforcer that puts the Unreal Tournament engine to good use while of course being very different from the strategy titles of old.
Finally there’s X-Com: Apocalypse, a return to the tactical genre, but with the twist of having different companies fight each other in addition to cooperating with the alien enemy.
I didn’t even know that there were so many different genres tackled in the series, and even if the newest X-COM games celebrated the series’ comeback (without being DRM-free yet), it’s interesting to go back and see where it all started.
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