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 explanation for why, though. Do I need to play through a game to enable them? Is it a difficulty level thing? How do I build my alien-fighting empire from those locations?

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You only get two choices if you are playing the tutorial. However, if you start a new game that skips the tutorial, you can choose from any of the 5 bases. You do not need to beat the game or anything like that first.

  • I hate it that implies the 2 options offered are easier to start in (at least for new players)?
    – Zelda
    Commented Oct 10, 2012 at 0:52
  • @BenBrocka I used to always start in Europe in X-Com: UFO Defense, so I'm not too broken up about it, but it does seem a bit weird.
    – Adam Lear
    Commented Oct 10, 2012 at 0:55
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    Honestly Africa with the 30% bonus seems the most flexible for a newbie.
    – Sterno
    Commented Oct 10, 2012 at 0:58
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    @AnnaLear hate = take. I accidentally the predicate
    – Zelda
    Commented Oct 10, 2012 at 13:36
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    However, Europe and Asia are the hardest bonuses to get through satellites (more countries in them), so if your goal is to get more bonuses fast, those two might be good starting options.
    – gkimsey
    Commented Oct 10, 2012 at 17:13

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