REVIEW SUMMARY: An excellent squad-based single-player game that is a great XCOM remake.
BRIEF SYNOPSIS: The game plot starts after the fall of Earth to aliens. They showed up, rebuffed any communications, then rained death and destruction. You’re part of the newly rebuilt planetary defense focused on figuring out a way to stop them. There are two main elements of the game – a strategic part that takes place at the world level where you control the various bases you own, and the tactical level where you control your squads as they go on combat missions agains the alien menace. The strategic level isn’t very deep, but the combat really makes up for it. If you liked XCOM, you’ll like UFO:AM. If you liked Jagged Alliance or Commandos, you’ll like UFO:AM. This newest game has a cool pausable real-time feature rather than the turns in XCOM, but it plays better in my opinion. I really enjoyed the game. I got about 25 hours of gameplay out of it and got to enjoy 2 alternate endings. The only downside was that near the end the game does get a bit tedious – you know where it is going and you’re ready to get there but have to get through a few more missions instead. I played on Normal setting and found it challenging, but not frustrating.