XCOM: Enemy Unknown is a turn based strategy game developed by Firaxis for PC, XBOX 360, Playstation 3, OS X, and iOS.

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How does “Flush” work in XCOM?

I'm having trouble understanding when the Assault ability "Flush" works and when it doesn't. From the XCOM wikia page: Fire a shot that causes enemies to run out of cover. The shot is easy to hit ...
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When do you lose the game? [duplicate]

I've played Xcom: Enemy unknown for 21 hours (according to steam) and suddenly, at October 1st (internal game date) I see a "defeat" movie of alien taking mind control of the council president. Why ...
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Civilians stuck on a roof

The Aliens were invading Montreal, so I sent a strike force to intercept them. I came across a bunch of civilians holed up in what appears to be a library. After murdering about a dozen of the alien ...
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Can I detect a ghost hidden soldier in multiplayer

I have noticed when playing MP that sometimes I cant move to a specific position. All there is is the yellow circle and cover does not trigger (as it does when you select a certain point to move your ...
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How to access Slingshot DLC content? [duplicate]

I have this pack installed but cannot seem to access it in any way. I did notice that a dialog popped up once when I got a Council Transmission, and I elected to take the regular mission - assuming ...
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Do floaters reappear later in the game? [duplicate]

I have made a bad mistake and I think Im stuck. I did not notice that i need floater corpses for the interceptor upgrades. I sold all corpses on grey market and then only heavy floaters starter ...
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Can I increase the speed of combat?

XCOM Enemy Unknown is a beautiful game, but you can only see every 5 second animation so many times before it becomes repetitive and self-indulgent. Is there a way to make the animations go faster or ...
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How to move “1 day at a time” with XCOM? [duplicate]

A follow up on a comment i saw on on stack exchange regarding xcom "You should NOT start building satellites until there are only 21 days remaining for that month (i.e. build on the 8th for Feb, ...
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How do I get the “Edison” achievement in X-Com?

I believe I've researched everything. This is what I have researched so far, and I'm at the very end of the game: Xeno-biology Arc Thrower Outsider Shard New Fighter Craft Hyperwave ...
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Will my stabilized soldier die at the end of mission?

I stabilized a soldier, but I couldn't revive him. Will he die at the end of the mission?
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How can I build more facilities?

I have built quite a lot. Now I want to build even more... There is a way to do it? or it is this all space that I have? If I need to do something, I need to demolish them create what I want?
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Is this a glitch or a problem with my computer?

I installed XCom a while ago and something horrible happened. When I changed my point of view by pressing the Q button, and then I move one of my soldiers, my screen froze and I had to ...
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How do you get out of the barracks view?

I opened the barracks view, assigned some gear, got back to the list of peeps, and... there's no back button, Escape does nothing. Clicking outside the menu does nothing. F1 does nothing. All I can ...
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Downloadable Content - Slingshot Pack and Elite Soldier Pack

I've completed XCOM today and I've enjoyed the experience a lot. It took me quite a while to finish it, but I managed to finish it in normal mode. I'm now looking at the downloadable content packs. ...
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Game unresponsive

Normally, I'd say the process stopped or something and just revert from a previous save, but this error is a little different. The cursor isn't frozen and sound is still playing. The interface ...
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Can you encounter lower tier aliens in the late game?

I'm on my first XCOM: Enemy Unknown playthrough on Normal and am just about to enter the end game. I've finished the Gollop Chamber and got one of my soldiers ready to use it. However... I'm kind of ...
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Once poisoned does it matter if I stay in poison clouds?

Whenever a thin man gobs phlegm all over one of my guys I always move him away next turn. But I've been wondering about whether I need to: after all he's already poisoned. Do poison effects stack? ...
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What attribute values should I look for in my X-Com Troopers?

Playing X-Com Enemy Unknown, and I have a Heavy with a 30 Will who panics at the drop of a hat, so I know I should probably trash him. Obviously I want troops with high attribute value, but what ...
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How do I defeat these 12-15 Thin Men and the commander?

OK, so I screwed up my X-Com game. Playing Classic mode. A UFO landed in the woods and I kneejerk sent 4 ill-equipped team members out to take it down, then saved over my prior save. I've tried to ...
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How do you modify things like HP and accuracy per difficulty setting? [closed]

My goal is to alter Impossible so that the Geoscape resembles Classic, the enemy HP and accuracy resembles Normal, but the AI and enemy count is like Impossible. I thought I figured it out when I ...
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Is there a way to play xcom enemy unknown two player on the same pc?

I am trying to play XCom Enemy Unknown with my brother but his laptop won't run it, and I can't find a way to open two copies simultaneously on my pc. I could with other games such as borderlands 2, ...
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What causes soldiers to panic?

Through my experience while playing, I know that soldiers can panic if an ally dies, or if they take a lot of damage. I also know that the soldiers' Will score plays a role in determining whether or ...
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Are Berserkers and Chryssalids supposed to be able to attack me when I discover them?

I have constantly heard that the aliens cannot attack on their first sighting. I discovered that rule does not apply to melee enemies, apparently. I had a Berserker show up, do his intro dance, ...
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How does Hidden Potential work?

The Second Wave feature offers the following option: Hidden Potential As a soldier is promoted, their stats will increase randomly. This is fairly straight forward, however I'm looking for ...
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How do I unlock the new “Second Wave” options?

Second Wave is now a real thing, released as free DLC. However, I've noticed that not all of the options are available at the beginning. What are all the options available in Second Wave, and how do ...
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Psi ability ceiling?

If my x-com soldier has already unlocked all 3 tiers of psi abilities is there any additional accrued benefit to their using psi abilities in battle, or should I be giving other "gifted children" ...
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How do adjacency bonuses for base facilities really work? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the proximity bonuses for adjacent buildings and when do they apply? I'm a bit confused as to how exactly adjacency bonuses work for the base. If I place say 4 ...
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How to open doors?

I tend to stack up alongside the door with my Assault guys and breach. When ready, I press V, which is the key bound to open doors on the PC. The problem is that the doors only seem to open say 20% ...
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Do I keep gear from a dismissed soldier?

I've noticed that I can dismiss soldiers which removes them from my game. What happens to the items that they might be wearing when they are dismissed? If I was to dismiss a Colonel soldier in ...
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Are there optimum perk configurations for soldiers?

I'm new to the series and have been playing the campaign on Easy and clicking away quite happily, but it's dawned on me that I've not picked some optimum perks for my soldiers. Having looking ...
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Keeping XCOM active while doing other things on the computer

Is it possible to keep the clock moving when xcom is windowed and not the active window? I kind of want to use it as a wall paper on one of my monitors while I work on the other that way I can do ...
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What is the range of psi abilities?

I just got my first gifted (a sniper); it seems Mind Fray doesn't benefit from squad sight. (Which does make sense.) But I was wondering, at what range can psionic abilities be used? Other reading ...
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XCOM sniper cover bonus damage to aim?

So when a sniper is in half cover, it can treat it as full cover with the Low Profile perk. Does that include reducing its aim according to full cover, or does that only apply to defense?
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What is the maximum number of countries that can leave the XCOM project at the end of the month?

And does it change based on the difficulty level? In my last game on Normal difficulty, I had six countries at maximum panic (5/5) at the end of the month, but only two decided to leave the project. ...
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What is the beam the Sectoids shoot at each other?

Basic Sectoids use their mind power to shoot beams back and forth amongst each other. I haven't been able to figure out what they are trying to do. What is the point of these beams?
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How to delete my XCom Saves?

So first a confession: I was playing iron man, but I would cheat in that at the beginning of every month I would make a backup of the game. Then near the end of the month I would restore the game, or ...
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How do Foundry upgrades work?

I've just built my first foundry, and I have a few questions. Are the upgraded items upgraded automatically, for items previously created? Is there any extra cost to build something after I've made ...
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Where and how can I download XCOM: Enemy Unknown Patch #2?

One question: where and how can I download XCOM: Enemy Unknown Patch #2 for PC? (link, please)
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Is there ever a case in which an item not useful for research is useful for anything but selling? [duplicate]

I've noticed several items which are marked as useless for research. Should I just sell these right away, or is there ever a case in which one of them might be useful? Items include broken flight ...
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Is there any way to check the enemy's firing range or Overwatch range?

I am pretty early into the game and got one of the council missions for rescuing a VIP. While escorting him back to the ship, an Alien appeared out of nowhere and took position in Overwatch mode with ...
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What is the movement rate of a Chryssalid?

In order to avoid being attacked by Chryssalids, it would be nice to stay more than one action turn away from them, so that they cannot move up to my soldiers and attack. What is the movement rate of ...
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Did anyone else get a charater nicknamed Santa on Christmas Eve?

I was playing Xcom late last night (12-24-12) and the reward for the mission I was playing was a Support class Captain. Once I finished the mission and set his skills I noticed his nickname. It is ...
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What does a stat over 100 mean?

I have a unit with 85 aim, if I give them a light plasma rifle with a scope that would be +20. What would an aim of 105 mean? Is there a reason to ever go over 100 on any stat except Hit Points?
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What determines non-plot mission goals/locations?

I've read that what rookies rank up into is random, and I know that there are specific plot-related missions. After I returned from a mission I saved the game. I then went through the process of the ...
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Will damaging an enemy with explosives damage or destroy the loot?

When I use explosive weapons, such as rockets and grenades, to reduce the health of enemies, am I losing or reducing the amount of loot these enemies will drop, or does loot destruction only apply to ...
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Can you prevent a human victim from becoming a zombie after he/she is attacked by a Chryssalid?

Can you prevent a human victim from becoming a zombie after he/she is attacked by a Chryssalid? I was wondering if I should grenade my dead soldier after he was taken down by a Chryssalid.
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Does the animation of the alien in cover affect the hit chance?

I've noticed that when engaging enemies from behind cover, if you're patient enough in the 3d camera mode, there are times when certain alien types will pop their head out from cover. If I wait for ...
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How should I choose my missions?

I do understand that I need to Go for missions with the higher current panic level. Go for the rewards that I'm missing (like engineers or scientists) In the early part of the game (first few ...
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What's the best way to collect (Farm) equipment (weapons) in X-Com?

Sometimes, you are able to collect a weapon from an alien "without a scratch" on it, afterwards being able to use it in your unites without cost (when you have the technology to build it already, of ...
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Dashing vs Non-Dashing, and Stalking in General

In XCom:EU I tend to alert the enemy a lot and can not sneak up on them. Thus they get the first retreat and usually the first shot starting the next round I know there is Ghost Armor later in the ...