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This is a special game. It's really different from the original UFO Defense and Terror from the Deep games, but yet, it is still classic in its's own way and for me, it will always be the part of the original X-Com series. The graphics may look odd at the first glance, but this game has really nice and deep atmosphere, great creepy music and the overall feeling, that you are just a weak group against something really powerfull and there's danger anywhere all the time.
Instead of whole Earth, your goal is to protect a single city. But it is a hard task indeed. I especially love the base and soldiers management as well as all the different corporations working/hating/fighting with each other and that you can have different relations with them every single gameplay.
Research/manufacturing is also really nice and helps in keeping you excited to move forward. The aerial combat is pretty neat as well and one of my favorite feature tbh. It's the first game (and only one basically) in the X-COM strategy brand, where you can personally affect the result of air battles yourself. You can command your crafts and fighters, tell them, how agrresive they should be or how low or high they should fly and engage targets. Sometimes, specially late-game, after a battle with huge alien motherships, you realize that you just demolished half of the city, which is epic, but gives you a lot of negative backlash from the corporations owning the buildings as well.
The ground combat, or the classic terror and UFOs missions are ok. It had its flaws back then already when it came out and in comparison with modern games it's even more obvious now. But it's nothng that would prevent you from finishing the game.
Storywise, I found that the game was quite lacking by its end and the last missions were really stereotypical and mostly boring. The start of the game till mid-game was the most exciting part for me. And trust me, that it's well worth it.
Soo, in sum.. If you liked the original games, get this game ASAP and play it. Hopefully, you will like it too. Has it's flaws maybe, but it's still oldschool X-COM piece and much better than most recent crap games.