If you somehow don't know what kind of game X-COM was, let me enlighten you. In Xenonauts, and X-COM, you control an organisation that is tasked with defending Earth from alien incursions. The aliens are more powerful, quicker and technologically advanced, making you rely on numbers and strategy to effectively fight them. You start the game by placing a base on the world map, a base that you set-up and customize. You detect alien spaceships through your radar and you have to intercept them with some basic jets, the only air combat vehicle you start with. Generally the game will only throw small alien ships and few invasions in the beginning of the game, but as you fight them more and as the years progress, the aliens get bolder and stronger. To compensate for that you have research. When you defeat aliens in combat you can research everything related to them, parts of ships, weapons, corpses and live aliens. Aliens will occassionaly invade your base and human cities, both of which are quite challenging, but offer many good chances at capturing technology and aliens. Eventually, if your lucky and smart, you get as strong as the aliens and take the fight to their homeworld, which is the end of the game in the original X-COM. Xenonauts follow's many of these same principles, but it hasn't gone as far to detail end game material yet. Base Management sound's exactly the same, having its two main aspects being research and manufacturing. Your bases can have defenses in order to defend against invasions, but if that fails then you have one last chance to fight the aliens inside your base, with your soldiers.
|A soldier screen, but also a look at the tabs for a base|
|Looks a tid bit like X-COM, good.
|I've missed this map|
All in all Xenonauts looks excellent. It feels like the X-COM sequel that fans have been clamoring for since Terror from the Deep in 1995. It includes all the same great elements of gameplay, while also adding new innovations and a new engine. You can pre order the game right now for $30 and get access to the beta version, plus the final version when it is available. The only release date they have for the game is that it will be done by December 2012, so still ways off probably. For any fans of the original X-COM games or turn based strategy games then this will be right up your ally. I personally would love to pre-order this, but it's a little too pricey for me, but someday. Thanks for reading and for more information check out the vast amount of information available on the main website.
Main Website: http://www.xenonauts.com/
-Written by Sean Cargle
-Written by Sean Cargle