It’s difficult to pick a “Game of the Year,” but “Enemy Unknown” successfully blends turn-based strategy and combat. Winning here requires more than an itchy trigger finger. Players control the Extraterrestrial Combat (XCOM) headquarters that is used to develop super soldiers, research new weapons, interview alien captives, select missions, build new facilities and more. The strategic depth may drown inexperienced players, as will the turn-based combat during missions that requires patience. For those who enjoy a challenge, there’s nothing that surpasses this retooling of the 1994 cult classic.
(Price: $60 on Amazon; Score: 94; ESRB Rating: Mature; Developer: Firaxis; Available on PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
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