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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What are the drawbacks of using explosives?

I remember someone telling me in-game that using explosives (grenades, rockets, etc.) has some drawbacks, in that I get less "loot" after the mission. But it seems that all the aliens' weapons ...
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XCOM: Enemy unknown - detached nations

When panic level reaches the top in XCOM-adherent nations, they choose to leave the program, as it is notified by the Council. My question is: it is possible to have them re-enter the XCOM program ...
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What does Restorative Mist do?

Restorative Mist is, apparently, the MEC version of a medkit. How does it compare to medkits, though? How many uses do you get? What's the radius? How many hitpoints are healed per use?
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What are all the ways a country will leave the alliance?

From limited observation, I believe that a country will leave the alliance if it is at max panic (5/5) at the time of the monthly report to the council. Are there any other reasons why a country ...
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Is it possible to lose continent bonuses after acquiring them?

I know it is possible to have a continent bonus get unobtainable if you lose a country from that continent. Is it possible to lose your starting continent bonus, or another, if you first acquire it ...
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What does Will do?

Does this reduce the damage your soldier takes when hit? I can't find Will on the XCOM Wiki. There is a skill called Will to survive and this is what it does: "Reduces normal damage taken by 2 if in ...
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Intercept from different bases possible in X-Com Enemy Unknown?

I tried to intercept some UFO in Asia. It got away. I didn't have any other Interceptor in Asia, but the UFO was flying to Europe where I had two more. Is there any way to send the Interceptors from ...
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What does steam do?

When excavating and building structures, some tiles have 'steam'. This causes the excavation to be more expensive. What other effects does it have?
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When do my soldiers gain ranks?

Soldiers gain experience from killing enemies. At what experience levels do the soldiers advance to the next rank?
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Is Zhang always psychic?

Slingshot's Shaojie Zhang turned out to be psychic on my first playthrough. Is that always the case or was I just lucky?
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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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Do I still get a free satellite if I skip the tutorial?

My first game was Classic Ironman, and things went pretty well for a while. I got a free satellite at some point during the tutorial and even managed to survive for a few missions afterwards! Then all ...
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How is the damage done from Psi Storm calculated?

The damage done from the Rift ability on the final mission seems hard to calculate, and seems based on will of the attacker and defender. Does anyone have a good calculation for this yet? I've ...
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Is there a maximum level of enemy progression?

If I were to play through a game to the point at which I am ready to start the final mission, but continue to play normal UFO assault missions instead of starting the final mission, what is the ...
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Are some enemy types missable?

I assaulted the alien base and killed the sectoid commander. Shortly after that I shot down the overseer ship and made the game progress forwards. Now I never see any sectoid commanders and instead ...
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When does the game auto-save in Ironman mode?

Sometimes, if I force quit and reload, I can get lucky and undo an unfortunate misclick. Other times, I'm stuck with the outcome that happened the first time. When exactly does the game save during ...
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What penalties do reaction shots receive?

I was looking through the Sniper skill tree and saw this skill: Opportunist: Eliminates the Aim penalty on reaction shots, and allows reaction shots to cause critical hits. Until reading that, ...
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How can I see all facilities available to build with no spaces free?

It's easy to see which facilities you can build when you have a space clear in your base - you simply click that space. But if I have no spaces free (or am waiting for spaces to be cleared out), how ...
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Can I configure my soldiers perks for Multiplayer

At the squad creation screen for the multiplayer, I get to chose only from a few pre-set configuration, and can't choose what promotions they will get from the entire list like in the Single Player. ...
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Full Satellite Coverage vs Exposed Home Continent

A recent play-though has led me to think it may be worth leaving the remaining countries in your home continent without satellites (excluding South America). If you have 2 or more countries without ...
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XCOM IronMan game break - how do I get out?

I'm about 2 months into an IronMan game of XCOM on PC, and I hit what appears to be a game-breaking bug. I entered an Alien Abduction mission, and I don't have sight from any of my squad members. I ...
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How can I get the aliens to start doing abductions again?

I find it a lot of fun to pause my store progression at the Gollop chamber and just pass the in-game months fighting aliens, minmaxing my soldiers and experimenting with different teams; however I am ...
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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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Are there any advantages to stunning an alien besides being able to interrogate it?

Aside from being able to interrogate an alien in the Alien Containment chamber, are there any particular advantages to risk trying to stun an alien instead of just killing it outright?
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Is there any research benefit from getting an intact weapon?

If I managed to capture an alien with Arc-Thrower I think I get its weapon intact. If I don't have it researched yet Will I be able to use it? (I assume answer is no but not sure) Will It give me ...
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Where can I build a Thermal Power generator in XCom

According to the description, Thermal generators must be built "over steam vents". Naturally, I assumed that this meant the space above the one marked "steam", so I cleared out rubble and tried to ...
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Is the ability to change armor color only available to preorders in XCOM: Enemy Unknown?

Can armor color only be changed if you have a preordered version of XCOM? On the customization screen I can change hair, face, name, etc, but I can't change the color of the armor. UPDATE: Seems ...
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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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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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How to get 10HP heal with medikit

The XCOM Wikia Temple Ship Assault page mentions that one could take a Field Medic Support to get medikits that heal 10HP. Below is the quote: At least one Field Medic Support with Savior and ...
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Can I earn achievements while offline?

I will be traveling for 2 days very soon and will not be online. Can I play the single player campaign and earn achievements during this time? (i.e. - do they sync later?) Or must I always be online ...
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Ridiculously high numbers in final scoreboard [closed]

Just finished classic ironman and final scoreboard is weird (see screenshots). World average numbers shows about 146000 scientists/engineers. Same stuff for credits and few other values. I believe ...
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Why are three of the five base location choices unavailable?

In XCOM: Enemy Unknown, I have to pick the location for my base after the initial tutorial mission. North America and Europe are available, but Asia, South America, and Africa are not. There's no ...
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Is there any way to tell if an enemy is on overwatch?

I just lost an assault specialist because I didn't realize two enemies were on overwatch. Was there something I should have noticed that would have told me they were on overwatch?
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In what ways can a game of XCOM:EU end?

I've just seen a 'win' ending, which I suspect may be the ending, but thought I'd check what endings the game has just in case. Obviously you can lose by having eight or more countries leave the ...
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Is it possible to close doors in X-Com: Enemy Unknown?

I know left-click would open a closed door without making too much sound, lifting some fog of war. Is there a way to close them back, giving yourself some tactical defense in protection-type missions? ...
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How do I proceed past this point in the last mission?

I'm on the last mission of XCOM: Enemy Unknown. I just defeated two Sectopods, and now I'm not sure how to go any farther. The area up ahead is dark, and the game won't let me move any further. Here ...
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Will augmented solders keep their previous rank when they become MEC troopers?

When a solder is augmented and becomes a MEC trooper, they lose their old skills (except for the single trait based on what class they were before), but do they lose their rank as well? If I augment a ...
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As a seasoned XCom player is it worth playing the Enemy Within Tutorial?

I've played XCOM Enemy Unknown up to Ironman Impossible level & know that to do well you need to skip the tutorial to get satellites launched early. Starting XCom Enemy Within it without the ...
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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 often do the soldiers have psionic abilities [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What determines if a soldier is gifted with psionic powers? After just building the psionic training facility, I immediately test all my soldiers for having the gift. ...
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What do I lose for losing a country?

So I don't actually know what I lose when a country leaves the x-com project. I know I need a certain number of countries in x-com to survive and I know it prevents you from getting the continent ...
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Is it possible to mind control a soldier that has come under mind control from the enemy?

If one of my soldiers gets mind controlled, am I able to use my own mind control on him to turn him back?
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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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in XCOM how do I fire or choose another soldier

I just got myself the new XCOM, started the singleplayer campagin and went through the first mission, got back to HQ and made some choices and then comes the second mission. Player is directed to ...
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How do you flank an enemy?

What conditions must be met for an enemy to count as flanked? Is the same true for the enemy to flank you? Usually, it means that you have soldiers on either side of the enemy, but I've seen enemies ...
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Permanent “alien” alert issue

One of my squad members seems to be permanently stuck with an alien-in-view alert. As far as I can tell, he always has one more alert than is relevant (he always sees one more alien than there ...
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VIP stuck in the back of a van? (Council Extraction Mission)

During a small enemy engagement a nearby van was destroyed and some of its walls - leaving it now accessible. Problem is that during this enemy encounter my VIP panicked and ran into the back of this ...
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How can I launch Enemy Within from a shortcut?

Ever since downloading Enemy Within, launching the game via steam shortcut instead takes me to a launcher where I must specify Enemy Within or Enemy Unknown. Is there a way to skip this middle step ...
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Do civilians panic?

I received my first civilian mission. I got creamed my best guy was turned into a zombie and most everyone died. (and autosave was not enabled) When I go to replay the mission I wonder do civilians ...