This game. . . Lord have mercy, this game!! I am a big Xcom fan, being introduced to the games via Enemy Unknown. Let me tell you here and now, UFO Defense gets my brain chugging and my heart pumping like little else and leaves me with a good taste in my mouth after a session. I'm a man who likes to steadily push his limits. Not going to fast, but hardly stagnating, and UFO Defense really tests my mental metle in the best of ways. Your soldiers feel vulnerable and easy to kill, the aliens feel like they're everywhere and nowhere, and you never feel liek you've wrested full control on the situation. The aliens feel truly like skulking, deadly extraterrestrial creatures form a horror film. I've never been a big fan of horror, but this is more of a horror you feel like you can combat effectively, should you play your cards right. However, with this, the game isn't always intuitive. The UI isn't the best and the game doesn't exactly tell you what you need to know, but what game from the 90's did? There are mods to make the game a bit more user-friendly, a few of whom I may try out. Alas, aliens also feel like they come out of nowhere without giving you a chance to react before a good chunk of your men are dead, but I suppose that adds to the terror and unfamiliarity of the situation. I havne't gotten very far in the game as it's pretty difficult, even at earlier stages, but the more tactics you learn and the better you adapt, you'll be left with a satusfied sense when you down an alien craft, kill any remaining crew with minimal casualties, and still come home with the power core intact. You will come home with several stories of how your men beat the odds and came home with the gold, and just as many stories of how half the men were killed and your one legless soldier made it home with nothign more to his name that a shattered ego and half a hand... Where he will later die. You'll be chewed up, torn a tsunder, browbeat, curbstomped and tazed six ways form Sunday, but when you backhand the aliens across the face in the end, you'll feel like a king. If you like a challenge, a selection of tense moments and an engaging defense of Earth, Xcom: UFO Defense is for you. This is a must-have for any turn-based strategy fan in my book.