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Genre: Strategy & War
Min OS X: 10.2    CPU: Any CPU @ 500 MHz    RAM: 128 MB    Graphics: 32 MB VRAM


UFO: Alien Invasion
February 26, 2009 | Remi Stebenne
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Once you land at an area with aliens, the gameís second phase starts. This is a tactical battlefield where you and the aliens take turns trying to destroy each other. If you are fighting in a village or town, the aliens can be hiding. In turn, you can hide to sneak up on them as you only see the aliens if they are in your characterís line of sight. You could crouch behind a box or other object to prevent them from seeing you until it is too late. However, they can also do this. You must also use your weapons wisely as you can only carry so much ammunition or so many grenades. You could set one of your team to be a support character with ammunition and grenades that he could give to others so you last longer. The knife wielding specialist I mentioned would be a good choice as they are fast and can move far, however they are usually quite weak and can be killed easily if left unattended.

Like your own troops, the aliens have different kinds of specialists that you'll learn to recognize as you play, so youíll know which aliens are the most dangerous and should be killed first. Expect to lose a few soldiers now and then as the aliens gang up on one of your guys and kill him before you get a chance to fight back. Objectives can vary from mission to mission, often requiring you to save civilians, which can be very annoying as the aliens focus on them, forcing you to hurry. Once you kill all of them, the happy citizens will give you money, which you can then use to improve your base or hire more personnel and so on. The game is not finished and new features are added on a regular basis.

Graphics
The graphics are different for each phase. The planning phase is a world map where a simple point and click will usually suffice to send your troops to the aliens. When you check out your base it is a static top down view of the base, with the modules being added where you want them just by dragging them into place. The tactical portion is a 3D eagle-eye view of the battlefield. Even if you would see an alien or civilian from the cameraís position, if a character canít see it, you will not either, so you could be walking into an ambush without realizing it until it is too late. The game is based on a modified Quake 2 engine. The developers focused on gameplay over graphics, although this is far from saying that the graphics are ugly. As an open-source project, users can create models for the different vehicles or people to be incorporated into the game. So, if you donít like something in the game, you can always make your own.

Sound
The music is well chosen, fitting the mood of the game. There is nothing really spectacular about it and it can get repetitious but you can always turn the music down and play your own. Sound is what youíd expect: guns firing and explosions from grenades and rockets as well as the alien weapons such as plasma rifles.

Conclusion
This game offers great strategic gameplay where it's not only what you do during the battle that counts, but more importantly what you do beforehand. As an open source project, it is always improving. For the low, low price of free, it's definitely worth checking out.

Pros
• Deep strategic gameplay
• Many ways to customize your troops and vehicles
• Nice graphics and sound

Cons
• Can be a bit slow at the start



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