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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Do satellites over very panicked countries calm them down?

Is it a good strategy to launch a satellite over a country in the red on panic to calm them down? Am I correct that they will withdraw at the end of the month? If so, will the satellites calm them ...
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What is the best way to take out a sectopod?

I just ran into my first sectopod map today and it utterly destroyed me. From what I can tell, it had a long range aoe attack and a super deadly beam cannon. The little drones hovering around it and ...
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How may times do I need to Intercept and Assault the Overseer?

I have found, shot down and survived destroying all the aliens that were in the Overseer. I have done this seven or eight times. My question is why does The Objectives always say: Build the ...
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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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The Chryssalids! They're everywhere! How do I survive the Site Recon mission?

During my last game, my troops were whisked off to Newfoundland and forced to kiss a cod. Oh yeah - they also had to deal with a whale infested with Chryssalids. During the mission, you have a ...
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Why didn't I get the Army of Four achievement in XCOM: Enemy Unknown? Did I miss something?

Today I finished my 3-day long, Classic+Ironman run and aimed to get these 4 achievements: "Earth First", "Ain't No Cavalry Comin'", "No Looking Back" and "An Army Of Four". All my soldiers lived ...
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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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If i change projects, can I pick up where I left off?

I'm about halfway through a long research project, and still have 5 days left before it's finished. A new project just came up that only takes two days and is a priority project. If I switch to this ...
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Can a Support class soldier have a total of 8 medikit uses?

Can a support use 8 medikit heals when s/he has the Tactical Rigging foundry project (carry two items), the Deep Pockets skill (one extra use for consumable items) and the Field Medic skill (allows ...
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Beat the game completely without Gene Mods

I was playing XCOM: Enemy Unknown on Classic Ironman and so I want to do for XCOM: Enemy Within. Since the Genemodded Armor looks stupid I want to completely neglect gene modding my soldiers. Will ...
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Who will be the leader if 6 colonels are in the same squad?

If I have the Officer Training School upgrade Lead by Example and I have squad of 6 colonels, who will be the leader of the squad?
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is this a bug? no stunner yet i've got free equipments

first, let me create a scenario iv'e got a soldier (no specific soldier) with psychic ability mind control. he is facing 2 enemies, namely a muton and a sectopod. iv'e used mind control on the muton ...
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How does one get around a destroyed Cyberdisc in XCOM: Enemy Unknown?

I just destroyed a Cyberdisk in the "Gangplank" mission, and the corpse has completely blocked the way forward. Is there something I can do to get past it, or do I have to find some way around?
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Can a Squad Sight Sniper use Mindfray on an enemy outside their line of sight?

Can a psionic sniper with the Squad Sight ability use Mindfray on an enemy not in their line of sight?
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How does Lead By Example work when the squad leader has a lower will value than the rest of the squad?

If the squad leader has a lower will value than other members in the squad, but Lead By Example is purchased, will the higher willed units use the lower value? In that situation, if the squad leader ...
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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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What is an “X-Ray”?

The soldiers are always going on about x-rays, but I have no idea what they're talking about. What is an x-ray? A lot of times, they'll mention x-rays when I kill an alien, but I think I've heard ...
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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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Why should I build SHIVs?

They were hardly useful in original game, but with introducing mech soldiers which plays the same role (can't use cover, more hp, first-line warriors) does anybody ever bother to build/research them? ...
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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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Does the Mind Shield improve a psionic's ability to attack with their Psi attacks?

Last night I was moving in to the later stages of the game and recently gained access to Psi armour and the Mind Shield. If I recall, the description for the Mind Shield implies it is a defensive ...
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What actions gain experience for units?

I'd like to try to spread the XP around my group, so that I'm frequently ranking up both my experienced soldiers and my new recruits. I'm pretty sure that I get XP for killing an alien, but are there ...
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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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No sectoids to capture

I think my game has reached a point where it can't progress any further. I am about 10 months in and I have researched everything. Early in the game though I never caught a sectoid, the troops were ...
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Is there a way to remove all items from squad members, or exchange items between squad members?

Is there a way to remove all items from squad members, or easily exchange items between squad members? It can be obnoxious to try and remember which items you've placed on which squad member, ...
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Problem in XCom Enemy Unknown when first item is Attack european alien base

I encountered the following problem in XCom Enemy Unknown on PS3. In the Mission control screen, I have two options during gameplay: the first one is attack European alien base, the second is "scan ...
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In the EXALT Covert Data Recovery missions, what's the effect of disrupting comm relays?

In the EXALT Covert Data Recovery missions, the covert operative can optionally disable the various comm relays? What does this actually do? Does it delay or reduce the size of subsequent waves?
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Why won't it let me augment my soldiers into MEC Troopers in XCOM?

So, I just got a few of my soldiers in Enemy Within up to Colonel Rank, and another soldier up to Captain so I decided I was going to make them into MEC Troopers to balance out with my Psionics. ...
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Is there any way to tell what continents I've already finished the game from?

Title pretty much says it all - for the "A Continental Fellow" achievement, you need to finish the game from each of the starting locations, but I don't recall which ones I've missed!
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Why can't I stabilize a critically wounded solider in XCOM: Enemy Unknown when standing right on top of him?

In XCOM: Enemy Unknown, I have a critically wounded solider that is bleeding out, with the red cross and turns-until-death counter showing 1 turn left, and the message saying the solider can be ...
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Is multiplayer possible between XCOM Enemy Unknown and XCOM Enemy Within?

Is it possible for a player with XCOM Enemy Unknown to play multiplayer with another player with XCOM Enemy Within?
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How can I complete Bomb Defusal missions on Ironman Classic difficulty?

What is the most efficient way to do it on classic ironman? Lost about 7 of them, never won. Overwatch tactic just don't work since you should advance really fast. I'm most interested for tips for the ...
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Is it worthwhile to equip Rookies with upgraded gear?

I've reached July and have a capable squad of about 8 senior soldiers. As the missions get harder, however, I realize I need to have other trained personnel ready, and so I'm bringing Rookies along on ...
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How do I earn medals to award my squaddies?

Enemy Within introduces the concept of medals -- minor, customizable bonuses that you can bestow upon worthy soldiers from the barracks. However, such medals are limited quantity - how do you earn ...
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Does alien tech scale with time in XCOM: Enemy Unknown?

If I forgo completing the Alien Base Assault mission for a few game months, will the aliens advance as well, making the mission harder? I realize incidental missions get more difficult and scale, but ...
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Is there any way to guide what class a rookie will become?

As far as I can tell, the game decides what class my guys will be promoted to upon receiving their first promotion. Are there any ways to influence this decision? Right now I'm stuck with more ...
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How often should I sprint in terror missions?

In terror missions, where I'm expected to save as many civilians as possible, I'm having a difficult time actually getting to the civilians in time. By the time my guys have cautiously moved up, I've ...
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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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Will I get corpses if enemies were stunned? [duplicate]

I'm playing XCOM: Enemy Within. I've already researched all the corpses type and had lots of plasma weapons for my entire troops. It seems no need to stun enemies and capture them alive. Will I get ...
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How does the Electro Pulse work?

The MEC-mountable Electro Pulse is supposed to stun organic enemies and damage robotic enemies in an area around the MEC trooper. What exactly does it do? How much damage does it do to robots? How ...
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Best strategy for a “rush-victory”

What I mean by rush victory? Win the game as fast as possible, without wasting any time on side-quests/other objectives. Based on this chart of tech tree we can say that the "order" would be: ...
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What does Enemy Within research tree looks like?

I have problems getting Edison achievement so is there any shiny diagrams like in What does the full research tree look like? for an expansion?
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Why do I now have 1 autosave in a mission instead of 3?

I am playing on Classic difficulty, and where I used to have three Autosaves for a mission, I now only have one (i.e. the same file is rewritten each turn, so I can't go back a turn). Did this setting ...
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How do you edit a unit's nickname?

In the Customize screen the "nickname" editing button is disabled for me. How do I make it become active?
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What are the AIM values for aliens and EXALT agents?

I can see all of my units AIM values, both before the mission and during the mission with any modifiers for height advantage etc. What are the corresponding values for the aliens? Is it different for ...
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How does Line Of Sight work?

I'm a little confused by how the LOS system works. On a few occasions I've had my units be attacked when I thought they should be hidden from the enemy. I do not mean just in Full Cover since I ...
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Are the hit percentages predetermined?

I was playing a Terror mission last night where after my unit would enter an area, a Cyber Disc and two Drones would come around the corner of a building. All four of my other units were in a position ...
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Should my Aggressive Assault use a Plasma Rifle or an Alloy Cannon?

I use an aggressive Assault soldier (full right: Aggression, Close and Personal, Rapid Fire, Bring 'Em On, and Killer Instinct) equipped with an Alloy Cannon. She hits hard. Having now read a lot of ...
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How To Disable Action Animations When Firing? [duplicate]

It feels like the firing animations take a ridiculously long time, and although I don't have hard data, I think they take the majority of my missions. The sniper animation is especially egregious, I ...
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How to activate the Elite Soldier Pack for XCOM PC Version

I honestly tried all common sense approaches to activating the Elite Soldier Pack for my PC DVD version of XCOM - Enemy Unknown and have not managed to do it. The leaflet that comes in the box says ...