Ah, X-Com. Turn based strategy at its finest. First released in 1993 and now available on Steam for a mere five bucks, you'll get one of the best games of all time. But I get ahead of myself. Basically, X-com gives you control of earth's elite anti UFO force, prepared to build bases, shoot down UFOS, research human and alien tech, and purchase the best gear money can buy. Eventually, you send your carefully named and equipped troops to investigate a small UFO. You appreciate the brilliant turn based squad management. Then your best rookie goes a step too far and gets shot dead by an alien you can't even see. Welcome to X-Com. Hope you survive the experience. Of course, there are a few factors that help, should you survive mission one. Your troops get better at their skills, you reverse engineer alien weapons, you buy tanks, (you save in mid combat, on occasion), but every man and woman under your command knows, in his or her digital soul, that one mistake could be the death of them all. X-com is brutal, brilliant, nightmarish, and vicious. And it is beautiful.
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