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 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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Is this a bug? No stunner yet I've got free equipments

First, let me create a scenario. I've got a soldier (no specific soldier) with psychic ability mind control. he is facing two enemies, namely a muton and a sectopod. I've used mind control on the ...
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Mouse sensitivity while aiming grenades

While playing XCOM EU on the pc, I notice that the mouse sensitivity while aiming grenades is quite high, high enough to make careful aiming difficult, while the sensitivity is alright at the other ...
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What determines the rank of a new soldier rewarded from a mission?

I used to be getting major for such soldiers. Now I am getting sergeant. What determines the new soldiers I am getting?
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Is there any way to make withdrawn country come back? [duplicate]

Including by changing save game? I am playing normal and I am happy. Rather than replay again, I'd rather play around with my save game. First time I play I don't even know what satelite is for.
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What else give almost 100% discount/Rebate?

I have enough workshop with adjacency bonus. It seems that I can build effectively infinite whatever I want for $1 each. Firestorm, any vehicles. However, guns and instantly build items cost remain ...
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What's the maximum life for mec troopers?

http://xcom.wikia.com/wiki/MEC Says that a paladin should have 36 hits. That should be added to the 4 hit points of the troop itself. So total there should be like 40 hit points. My mec have 27 ...
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How to destroy barriers for easier snapshot?

One way to use snapshot snipper is to ensure that there is a line of sight between the sniper and the enemies. Tons of barriers are often in a way. Enemies are often hidden in building. Blaster ...
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What is the maximum range of sniper?

http://xcom.wikia.com/wiki/Sniper_Class One of the benefit of Squadsight is that you can shoot very far away as long as one of your team sees the enemy. The catch is you need to have the line of ...
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What's the point of having more engineers?

I build tons of workshops in XCOM. Then I wondered - what's the point? They reduce the cost of stuff. Then what? Do they reduce cost of buildings too?
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What Reduces the Will of Soldiers?

In XCOM: Enemy Within: What effects/events can reduce a soldier's Will score? Gravely Wounded? Sustaining a critical hit? How much is the Will reduced by? X per day or flat rate per event? Is there ...
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Is there a way to add more languages for soldiers' voices?

Welp, they made 6 additional languages for the soldiers to speak (which are French, German, Italian, Polish, Russian and Spanish) but whenever you have a chinese / japanese / korean soldier, there ...
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What's the point of using a pistol?

I have never used a pistol, ever. The damage is too low. I just do not see what the point is in either the original XCOM or the remake.
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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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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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How Can I Force Close Windows

I am having different windows stay open sometimes when I try to close them while in the base. As for instances, I will change out a soldier before a mission, I remove the existing soldier, and open ...
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Mind Fray Debuff Amount

What are the debuff amounts caused by Mind Fray in the Long War mod? (B15d2 specifically) On the wiki it states: Causes the target to lose grip on reality, inflicting penalties to Aim, Will, ...
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Can I choose squad members?

It seems that the squad members are chosen by the computer using their rank as criteria. But If I want to change my squad for a specific setup (e.g. My team has 3 snipers and I want only one), what ...
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Will a sniper with squad sight on overwatch fire at targets allies can see?

If I have a sniper on overwatch, and that sniper has the Squad Sight skill, will the sniper take reaction shots at enemies seen by fellow soldiers?
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What XCOM in-game descriptions are totally broken? [closed]

The text for the MEC-carried EMP states exactly the opposite of what it does. The decoy device description would lead one to try it before activating a pod, but it only works after. What other ...
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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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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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How can I avoid getting poisoned?

Is there any upgrade that might help stop being poisoned, or cause it to do less damage?
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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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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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X-COM panic reduction woes

So I'm playing the game on classic and panic gets crazy... thus far everything was running smoothly until it so happens the UK is now on 5 bars of panic... and it already has a satellite on it... and ...
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What happens if the panic level rises past 5?

If an abduction mission pops up for say Europe, Asia, and US, I'm not worried about the US due to low panic, Russia and UK are both at 4, but China and Australia are both at 5! Will taking the ...
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What's the point of the archangel armor's “flight” capability in Xcom?

I have a bunch of soldiers who are lucky enough to have gotten Archangel armor for christmas this year. But I can't for the life of me figure out how to use flight to my advantage. The game's quite ...
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Is there a benefit to multiple interceptors on one satellite?

Besides the obvious benefit of having an interceptor as a back up in case one is damaged or destroyed, is there a bonus to having two interceptors on one satellite to protect/shoot down ufos? I ...
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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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If I delay a council mission, do I lose it?

In XCOM: Enemy Within / Unknown if you choose to delay the Council mission to investigate the fishing village (full of chryssalids) as it's just too difficult for your current troops, does it ever ...
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How to play XCOM indefinitely?

Is it possible to play XCOM without being always threatened by a looming defeat? I know such unavoidable threat is one of the points of the game, but has it been worked around? Is there an optimal ...
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Capturing multiple of the same alien

Is there any benefit to capturing multiples of the same species? For example, say I've captured a Sectoid and researched the related interrogation, and now I've captured another - does anything ...
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Rules for succesfully capturing various aliens in XCOM

I've advanced somewhat into the game (I think I'm past the first half, have done the Alien Base and 7-8 missions after it), and I'm still puzzeled about which aliens I can capture and under what ...
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Specify custom resolution in XCom

I have the Steam version of XCom Enemy Within, and wish to configure it to use a higher resolution than the highest it gives me (1440 x 900). I have modified my ...
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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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XCOM automated armor coloring by class

I'm playing XCOM Enemy Unknown (including Enemy Within) for a while now, and I was wondering if there was a way to automate the coloring of the armor (as well as automating the armor skin and helmet). ...
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Can I get Steam achievments with long war mod on XCOM?

I still have some Steam achievments to collect and I just started playing XCOM Enemey Within with Long War beta 14 mod installed. So can I still be able to get Steam achievments when I'm play XCOM ...
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Why don't the XCOM soldiers say their voice quips as they run to their new positions?

I just got my son XCOM: Enemy Unknown and Enemy Within on Steam. He immediately downloaded and tried them both. The game is working well on two different machines but in neither case do the soldiers ...
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positioning with different heights

This mainly becomes an issue on alien ships. When I have a soldier on higher ground, if I want to move to the edge of the higher ground it moves the box to the lower floor. It's very difficult and ...
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What role is a “Heavy” supposed to fill?

Based on the name and my understanding of the TF2 class, a Heavy is a front-lines tanky soldier guy. But that doesn't really seem to be his role in XCOM. Assault soldiers are better at being in 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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Why would you ever want to dash in XCOM? (Rather than making two half moves.)

In XCOM:Enemy Unknown and XCOM:Enemy Within, you have the option each turn to make two limited-distance moves. Alternately, you can make one double-distance move ("Dashing"). It seems like splitting ...
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Enemy Within headshot bonus damage progression

In Enemy Unknown, Headshot used to give bonus damage on crits based on your sniper's gun. In Enemy Within, the bonus damage now rises with the sniper's rank. How much bonus damage does it give for ...
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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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When does the EXALT faction appear in XCOM: Enemy Within?

When does the EXALT faction appear in XCOM: Enemy Within? Is it random or after a specific "story point," research milestone, or council mission?
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Should I play Enemy Unknown before Enemy Within?

I bought on Steam both XCOM Enemy Unknown and its expansion Enemy Within. When I launch the game it lets me choose if I want to play Enemy Unknown or Enemy Within. There is any reason to play ...
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What are the conditions for the base invasion to happen?

What are the conditions which must be met before the aliens invade your base? Can it happen again? When I got raided by the aliens, this was my current story progress:
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What determines if a soldier is gifted with psionic powers?

The game mentions a soldier's will influencing whether they have a gift or not. Since you can only test a soldier once, does that mean promoting a soldier a couple of times before testing might ...
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What is the range of a medikit?

What is the range of a medikit? Does the medic have to be right next to the wounded soldier? Or can I heal them from one tile away? The circle graphic around the wounded soldier is ambiguous. I'm ...