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XCOM: Enemy Unknown

XCOM: Enemy Unknown is free to play on Steam this weekend

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Carl Phillips
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XCOM: Enemy Unknown is free to play on Steam this weekend

We're eagerly awaiting XCOM 2 here at Dealspwn, but in the meantime here's a great opportunity to see what all the fuss is about if you're yet to play it. XCOM: Enemy Unknown is currently free to play on Steam, with access to the full game continuing until Sunday evening. If you end up liking it, you may wish to consider getting the Complete Pack, which includes all of the DLC and the Enemy Within expansion.

Showing the industry how to do a reboot for a classic series successfully, Firaxis’ turned-based strategy game delivered one of the best games of 2012. Providing the player with the freedom to save or screw up the human race in unbelievable style, it’s worth every penny of the asking price. Thanks to jaystan @ HUKD!

XCOM Enemy Unknown is a bit of a mystery at only £2.86 on Playstation 3

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BuzzDuraband
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XCOM Enemy Unknown is a bit of a mystery at only £2.86 on Playstation 3

When you talk about Enemy Unknown at the £3 mark you are usually referring to a deal on a cheap Steam key you have found for the popular title. You don't expect to see a Playstation 3 version delivered for that price.

XCOM: Enemy Unknown is a sensational game and a truly exquisite reboot. Fans will fall in love with the series all over again, while the classic turn-based formula has been blown wide open for new players to consume and enjoy. You'll have the freedom to make many terrible choices over the course of countless non-linear campaigns, but make the right decision from the start by buying this outstanding return to form. XCOM: Enemy Unknown Review | The Right Decision

Greenman Gaming XCOM weekend

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BuzzDuraband
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Deals
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Greenman Gaming, Steam, The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Greenman Gaming XCOM weekend

It's XCOM weekend over on Greenman Gaming with some fantastic pricing on the 2K franchise.

Greenman have also reduced the price on XCOM DLC, head over to this page to check out what's currently on offer, and remember to use code '23PERC-ENTOFF-48HOUR' for 23% off.

2K franchises get the bundle treatment over at Gamersgate

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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Bioshock, Bioshock 2, Bioshock Infinite, Borderlands 2: GOTY Edition, Borderlands Game of the Year Edition, Civilization V, Games deals, PC games, XCOM: Enemy Unknown

2K franchises get the bundle treatment over at Gamersgate
The big highlight from today's offerings on Gamersgate comes in the form of several bundles for some of 2K's biggest franchises. First up is a repeat of the Civilization V bundle from earlier this week, while second on the list is the BioShock Triple Pack containing all three main entries in the series. The third bundle brings XCOM: Enemy Unknown and its Enemy Within expansion together, and the fourth provides the GOTY Editions of Borderlands 1 & 2.

Admittedly, some bundles are more of a bargain than others, and there's a chance for better savings in the coming Christmas sales, but these are still attractive prices if you've yet to play any of these games.

XCOM: Enemy Unknown £3.74 on PC at GamersGate

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Brendan Griffiths
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XCOM: Enemy Unknown £3.74 on PC at GamersGate

XCOM: Enemy UnknownGamersGate | £3.74
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Sometimes when an ancient series is dragged into modern times it ends horribly, upsetting all fans in the process, which is what happened when 2K said they were turning strategy title XCOM into an FPS. But then they got Firaxis to have a stab at creating a traditional XCOM game, which ended up being bloody brilliant. Remind 2K why we need more like Enemy Unknown rather than the mess that was The Bureau: XCOM Declassified by picking it up for one of the cheapest prices yet.

Thanks to jaystan at HotUkDeals.

XCOM: Enemy Within Interview | Garth DeAngelis Talks Mechs, Mods, and Morals

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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2K Games, Firaxis Games, Gamescom 2013, Garth DeAngelis, Interviews, Video interviews, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, XCOM: Enemy Within

XCOM: Enemy Within Interview | Garth DeAngelis Talks Mechs, Mods, and Morals

More XCOM? Yes please! Firaxis' fantastic strategy reboot was phenomenal last year, and now with XCOM: Enemy Within it looks as hough they've given us a whole host of reasons to slip that game back into the disc drive and leap back into the fray in the fight for Earth.

Only this time, there are mechs and genetically modified soldiers on both sides roaming the battlefields. Oh yes!

I sat down with producer Garth DeAngelis, who happily recognised e from the year before, and we had a bit of a chat about what Enemy Within will be bringing to the table and how Firaxis are expanding upon Enemy Unknown when it comes to gameplay decision-making, strategic depth, and the all-important balance between player choice and hefty consequences.

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Steam Summer Sale 2013 Daily Deal Update | Incredible Adventures

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PC games, Steam Summer Sale 2013, The Incredible Adventures Of Van Helsing, Torchlight II, XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Steam Summer Sale 2013 Daily Deal Update | Incredible Adventures

It’s all change in the Steam Summer Sale, with a new batch of daily offers hitting the digital store. Your latest batch brings you recently-released ARPG The Incredible Adventures Of Van Helsing at a massive saving, alongside Torchlight, XCOM and more.

Uncharted 3, XCOM and LBP Karting Coming to PS Plus

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Brendan Griffiths
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News
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Free games, LittleBigPlanet Karting, PS Plus, PS3 games, Sony, Uncharted 3, XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Uncharted 3, XCOM and LBP Karting Coming to PS Plus

Sony's super-generous premium membership package has once again seemingly paid for itself in a single month with another bevvy of games for your collection. Members will be able to download the following titles for free from Wednesday: Uncharted 3, XCOM: Enemy Unknown and LittleBigPlanet Karting.

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Civilization V & XCOM: Enemy Unknown | £11.42 With Code | Gamefly | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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2K Games, Civilization V, Firaxis, PC games, Strategy games, XCOM: Enemy Unknown
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XCOM: Enemy Unknown | Civilization V | PC

Civilization V & XCOM: Enemy Unknown | £11.42 With Code | Gamefly | PC

Civilization V & XCOM: Enemy Unknown | Gamefly | £11.42
Voucher code: GFDMAY20UK | Civilization V Review | XCOM Review

Thanks and credit to jp297 @ HUKD!

Julian Gollop: Firaxis "Saved" XCOM From 2K's "Schizophrenic Approach"

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Jonathan Lester
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2K Games, Firaxis, Julian Gollop, Strategy games, X-COM, XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Julian Gollop: Firaxis "Saved" XCOM From 2K's "Schizophrenic Approach"

Brand Had Gone "Badly Awry"

X-COM creator Julian Gollop has once again praised Firaxis for XCOM: Enemy Unknown, suggesting that the brand was in serious danger from falling back into the bad old days of tacky budget spin-offs that wasted the core strategic gameplay.

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XCOM: Enemy Unknown Deploying Onto iOS

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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2K Games, Firaxis, iOS games, Strategy games, XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Firaxis have announced that XCOM: Enemy Unknown will be coming to iOS in its entirety, netting you "the full game" with "all the tactical, strategic gameplay that you have experienced on the PC and consoles." We can see the squad-level strategy translating nicely to an iPad, making the tablet feel like a piece of real battlefield technology. Pricing and release date TBA.

And no, 2K haven't announced an Android version, before you ask.

BAFTA 2013: The Winners

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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BAFTA, Dishonored, Far Cry 3, Journey, The Unfinished Swan, XCOM: Enemy Unknown

BAFTA 2013: The Winners

Journey Returns Triumphant

Those of you who weren't glued to the footy may well have watched the BAFTA Game Awards last night, where two PSN exclusives managed to clean up. Journey returned with no less than five awards, including game design, artisitic achievement and even online multiplayer (called it), while The Unfinished Swan managed to snag two shinies for innovation and best debut. Other worthy winners include Dishonored as Best Game, XCOM: Enemy Unknown for Best Strategy Game and The Room as best of British.

We've got all the winners and nominations after the jump, thanks in no small part to the inestimable Late who actually beat us to the punch this morning.

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Free XCOM: Enemy Unknown DLC Available Now

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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DLC, Firaxis Games, Strategy games, XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Free XCOM: Enemy Unknown DLC Available Now

A free update for XCOM: Enemy Unknown is now available on Steam (Xbox 360 and PS3 versions to follow in updates today and tomorrow respectively), adding a range of optional modifiers and mutators that change how you play the game.

We've got the full list of mutators below.

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XCOM: Enemy Unknown | £12.95 | Zavvi | PC

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Brendan Griffiths
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Firaxis, PC games, Strategy games, XCOM: Enemy Unknown

XCOM: Enemy Unknown | £12.95 | Zavvi | PC

XCOM: Enemy Unknown has been one of the most popular games of 2012 here at Dealspwn, it even nabbed Jon's personal pick for Game of the Year. This tactical strategy reboot of the old series has been met with widespread critical acclaim for maintaining its traditional values with just the right amount of modern features to bring in a new crowd. It's still not for everyone, so maybe give the demo a shot first.

Thanks to Bassetts at HotukDeals.

Dealspwn's Game of the Year 2012

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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Borderlands 2, Dishonored, Far Cry 3, Game of the Year 2012, GOTY 2012, Guild Wars 2, Halo 4, Sleeping Dogs, The Walking Dead, Uncharted: Golden Abyss, XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Dealspwn's Game of the Year 2012

Typically, with our small staff size, there's simply no way we get to play all of the best games each in a given year, there's simply too much reviewing to be done. It can often make these end of year debates rather personal, with individual writers championing games that have had a personal effect on them, and the shortlists get longer and longer. There came a point where I was worried there'd be no overlap, that the internal voting process would yield only singular choices, rather than clear frontrunners.

Of course, all that really means is that the true winners of 2012 have been the consumers. We've seen genres busted wide open, brave new approaches to distribution and development, new ways to get projects off of the ground and in front of an audiences, new IPs when "experts" declared there'd be none. There have been mechanical marvels, fresh waves of indie innovation, sublime storytelling, wondrous worlds in which to wander.

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Dealspwn's Game of the Year 2012

Borderlands 2

We described Borderlands 2 as "the best co-op shooter of its generation" and it still holds true to that accolade. Outstanding AI, superlative scripting, one of this generation's finest villains in Handsome Jack, and more loot than we knew what to do with, Borderlands 2 was a huge step up from its predecessor. Not that Borderlands 1 wasn't great, it's just that its bigger, badder, bolder brother was so very pleasing.

Dealspwn's Game of the Year 2012

Dishonored

Dishonored did better than simply revive the stealth genre, it made us wonder why the hell it went away in the first place. Arkane delivered a blank canvas in Corvo Attano, with a commendably mature approach to player freedom that asked much of you, and delivered ultimate gameplay satisfaction in return. In Dunwall, we had one of the finest video game worlds of this generation. Nothing short of astonishing.

Dealspwn's Game of the Year 2012

Dragon's Dogma

It was broken in places, and Gransys was one of the more forgettable worlds we've seen from an RPG, but Dragon's Dogma was one hell of an endearing game. Breathtaking combat, an innovative Pawn mechanic, and deep customisation options made it a firm favourite in spite of its flaws. Plus, the opportunity to take down a hole bunch of mythical beasts made it all the sweeter. Refreshingly mature.

Dealspwn's Game of the Year 2012

Far Cry 3

Far Cry 3 undoubtedly takes took the SP crown in the shooter category this year. Magnificently epic in scale, stuffed with things to do, and set in a living, breathing jungle, Far Cry 3 empowered the player to become the ultimate tropical predator, with a cracking story and lashings of immersion.

Dealspwn's Game of the Year 2012

Guild Wars 2

It touted a rather bold MMO manifesto in the run up to its release, and while it didn’t quite match all the claims they were hoping for, what they did deliver provided the biggest shake-up to the genre in years. With a huge world that was an explorers paradise, personal stories that went in the direction the player wished, a scaling system that meant no content ever got out-levelled, and more PvP options than you could shake a Quaggan at, it gave players a complete MMO experience, all without an subscription.

Dealspwn's Game of the Year 2012

Halo 4

343 Industries were up against it, the pressure must have been huge. Yet, with Microsoft's biggest frnachise in their hands, they pulled off the incredible: not only did the match up to Bungie's predecessors, they even managed to surpass some of them. Halo 4's campaign was excellent, but it was in the multiplayer modes that 343 really pulled out all of the stops. War Games is still giving us tons of fun, with expanded loadouts and greater gameplay variety than ever before. And then there was Spartan Ops: yes, there were examples of some lazy content recycling, but we've simply been having too much fun to care. An utter blast.

Dealspwn's Game of the Year 2012

Journey

Gloriously life-affirming, utterly transcendental, Journey was one of those few games that not only provided a thoroughly unique experience, but also deeply personal one too. It didn't matter whether or not you considered it art, or even if you defined it as a "game", one thing was for sure: it was absolutely unmissable.

Dealspwn's Game of the Year 2012

Sleeping Dogs

Sleeping Dogs was this year's little-big game that could. Dropped by Activision whilst it was still True Crime: Hong Kong, Square Enix snapped it up after a year in the wilderness and dropped it over the summer. Wei Shen's adventures provided the perfect antidote to the traditional sunny lull. Perfectly sized, utterly OTT, United Front Games refused to take themselves too seriously, instead providing an immaculately balanced open world game, stuffed with things to do, and supported with a near endless stream of cracking DLC.

Dealspwn's Game of the Year 2012

The Walking Dead

Telltale could perhaps have structured their releases with a little more organisatiion, and maybe fixed that infuriating cross-platform savegame bug, but otherwise there was little to complain about from The Standout Storytelling Experience of the Year. A cracking adventure game, with some utterly fantastic scripting and voice work, Telltale's take on Kirkman and co.'s zombie-ridden franchise was miles ahead of the TV series, and showed BioWare that it's possible to pull off a brave ending without compromise. There were tears. So many tears.

Dealspwn's Game of the Year 2012

Uncharted Golden Abyss

A staggering technical achievement, and undoubtedly the lead launch title for the Vita, Golden Abyss carried on the series’ tradition of excellent adventure games with all the familiar elements working fantastically on the new handheld. The list of collectibles had us replaying it obsessively, the Vita’s unique control features were used to fantastic effect, and the bar was set incredibly high.

Dealspwn's Game of the Year 2012

XCOM: Enemy Unknown

XCOM: Enemy Unknown was a sensational game and a truly exquisite reboot. We fell in love with the series all over again, even as Firaxis blew the classic turn-based formula wide open for new players to consume and enjoy. Sid Meier and co. gave us the freedom to make many terrible choices over the course of countless non-linear campaigns, but the first one was simple: buy the damn thing!

Previously in this year's season of Game of the Year awards, we've dealt with difficult decisions by looking at the nature of the genre in question, searching for innovation from the games in question, forward-thinking approaches to development and distribution, value and longevity in content and effect, and how the games in question might define, or in some cases redefine, those genres.

But when it came to Game of the Year, presented with a clipped shortlist of Dishonored, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Far Cry 3, Journey, and The Walking Dead, we had to cross genre boundaries. There were games on the shortlist that didn't play by the book, so we threw the book out of the window.

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Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Strategy Game

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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Best Strategy Game 2012, Crusader Kings II, Defender's Quest, Endless Space, FTL: Faster Than Light, Game of the Year 2012, GOTY 2012, Orc Must Die 2, XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Strategy Game

Whether you were a hardcore fighting fan, or a more casual gamer who simply liked the genre, 2012 was a good year for flying fists. Namco and Capcom were on fine form, with their supreme mashup serving up a union that fans had been hungering after for years, with Tecmo Koei and Reverge Labs also providing cracking tournament support. PSASBR and Anarchy Reigns gave us some high-octane brawler action this year. It's just a shame that Persona Arena didn't reach us in time, really.

NB. Click on the thumbnails for price comparisons and the game's title for the relevant review where available.

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Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Strategy Game

Crusader Kings 2

Crusader Kings II ws an utter delight. Criticised in some quarters for a lack of accessibility in their traditionally highly-beardy strategy titles, Paradox delivered a game with a lower entry point for no compromise o depth in CK2. Machiavellian dynasty-building was the order of the day, with a much greater emphasis placed on diplomacy, espionage, tactical wedlock and political intrigue. Kickstarting a family in the Middle Ages had never been so much fun, nor so deeply engrossing.

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Strategy Game

Defender's Quest

Defender's Quest was magnificent. Like Puzzle Quest and Runespell: Overture before it, Level Up Labs' creation took an already-popular genre to glittering new heights while refusing to compromise on the core gameplay. An unexpected indie gem, DQ provided near-perfect tower-defence mechanics alongside a deep and compelling set of RPG features too.

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Strategy Game

Endless Space

A sensational 4X title, Endless Space was absolutely epic in scope, but packed with dense, enjoyable features and boasted an intuitive, palatable GUI. Its infinitely customisable sandbox gave us plenty of toys and things to occupy your time, providing profound choice and variety at every gameplay level. As Douglas Adams said: "you just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is."

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Strategy Game

FTL: Faster Than Light

A bona fide Kickstarter success, FTL allowed us to take control of our own ship and live out our fantasies of become Captain Kirk/Picard/Reynolds/Hunt. In fact, the mod tools meant you could pilot the Enterprise, or Serenity if you really wanted. A little repetitive, and frequently punishing, FTL was nonetheless a genuinely thrilling, hugely rewarding, and deeply satisfying management sim. The bridge is yours, Captain.

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Strategy Game

Orcs Must Die! 2

Orcs Must Die! 2 is the game Robot Entertainment wanted the original to be. More importantly, it's the game we all wanted it to be. Despite only nine months in development, this effortlessly superior sequel delivered addictive depth, massive content and sensational co-op multiplayer. Basically, Orcs Must Die! 2 was a must-buy if you had even the vaguest shred of interest in cooperative action, tower defence or RPGs.

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Strategy Game

XCOM: Enemy Unknown

XCOM: Enemy Unknown was a sensational game and a truly exquisite reboot. We fell in love with the series all over again, even as Firaxis blew the classic turn-based formula wide open for new players to consume and enjoy. Sid Meier and co. gave us the freedom to make many terrible choices over the course of countless non-linear campaigns, but the first one was simple: buy the damn thing!

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Game of the Year 2012 | Staff Highlights - Jonathan Lester

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Dust: An Elysian Tail, Game of the Year 2012, GOTY 2012, Gravity Rush, Halo 4, Planetside 2, SimCity, Spartan Ops, Staff Picks 2012, XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Game of the Year 2012 | Staff Highlights - Jonathan Lester

2012 has been a fantastic year, both from a writer and gamer's standpoint. Crucially we've always had new and exciting things to play, whether on PC, consoles or handhelds, from the biggest AAA studios and the smallest one-man outfits. Indie gaming has fully integrated into the mainstream, delivering countless killer titles for pocket money prices. We've gotten to grips with two new pieces of gaming tech, and though the Vita and Wii U have yet to prove themselves, they've already provided plenty of fun and happy hours spent in front of a touchscreen.

What an amazing year. And what a horrible few days it's been trying to whittle down an enormous selection of great games to a tiny shortlist. Here, as they say, goes nothing. - Jonathan

Game of the Year | XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Game of the Year 2012 | Staff Highlights - Jonathan Lester

Far Cry 3, Vessel, Defender's Quest, Torchlight II, Thomas Was Alone and Crusader Kings II all jostled for my attention this year (amongst many others), sucking me in for countless hours and spitting me out, bleary eyed, after innumerable sleepness nights. Any number of games have impressed from a graphical and mechanical standpoint, while others showcased fantastic art direction or innovative concepts that defied conventional thinking.

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Gollop On XCOM: Enemy Unknown: "Firaxis Has Done A Great Job"

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Firaxis, Julian Gollop, X-COM, XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Gollop On XCOM: Enemy Unknown: "Firaxis Has Done A Great Job"

It's always good to get the seal of approval fro the legend who created the original upon which your reboot is based, and Julian Gollop appears to be pretty pleased with the manner in which Firaxis rebooted his original game - UFO: Enemy Unknown - with XCOM: Enemy Unknown, saying that the team did "a great job".

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Steam Autumn Sale Round-Up | Day 1

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Carl Phillips
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Audiosurf, Steam, Steam Autumn Sale 2012, Terraria, The Walking Dead, XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Steam Autumn Sale Round-Up | Day 1

Rumours suggested it was imminent, but now it has officially begun. Steam started yet another sale yesterday evening to make your heart cheer and your wallet cry. While most of you will have no doubt already taken a look, we’ve got a round-up of the best deals from their first collection of offers.

Steam Autumn Sale Round-Up | Day 1

XCOM: Enemy Unknown | £20.99 | Review

[UPDATE: This offer has been trounced by Simply Games. Go take a gander.] Not only is it one of the best strategy games of the year, it could well be one of the best overall. The team at Firaxis have shown everyone how to do a modern reboot of a classic franchise, and the current price is a bargain for the experience.

Steam Autumn Sale Round-Up | Day 1

The Walking Dead | £10.49 | Review

Yesterday saw the release of Episode 5, concluding the first season in emotional (and rather gory) style. At this price, Telltale’s adventure game / interactive story is an absolute steal.

Steam Autumn Sale Round-Up | Day 1

Terraria | £2.03 | Review

Its developers may have move onto other projects, but Terraria continues to provide a “Castlevania meets Minecraft” mash-up that is worth a look for just a few pounds (especially if you have some friends to experience it with.)

Steam Autumn Sale Round-Up | Day 1

Audiosurf | £1.49

Provided you still have a large selection of music files at your disposal (and haven’t been too swayed by the call of the cloud) Audiosurf provides a stylish and fast-paced take on the music game genre. At £1.50 it’s almost certainly worth a go if you haven’t already.

For the rest the offers from day one, be sure to head over to Steampowered.com. We’ll have our Day 2 round-up when the changes go live!

New XCOM: Enemy Unknown Patch Set To Make Easy Easier

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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2K Games, Firaxis, Patch, Strategy games, Update, XCOM: Enemy Unknown

New XCOM: Enemy Unknown Patch Set To Make Easy Easier

Fixes S.H.I.V.s and Overwatch

Firaxis are hard at work on another patch for XCOM: Enemy Unknown. According to the in-progress change list, the update will make the Easy difficulty mode easier, improve roof visibility and fix some niggling leftover problems. Such as broken S.H.I.V. mechs, for one thing, not to mention erroneous aim penalties when standing still during overwatch.

XCOM: Enemy Unknown is our nomination for Game Of The Month (October), having secured a glowing review. If you want to win a copy on the platform of your choice, browse on through and enter our absurdly simple competition.