Ever since I was about 6, my dad was playing this game. It was UFO Defense on the Playstation, but the same basic concepts apply to this one as well. I grew up with this game, and it thoroughly got me hooked on alien ideas and stuff like that. Sure, there are some bad points, like bad AI actions, but for the most part, it follows a lot of the basic physics of real combat, such as firing full auto causes the rounds to spread. All in all, this game is kick ass, and it is addicting. One major difference between this and UFO Defense is the fact that if you mind control all the aliens in a level, you win, and to my knowledge, this doesn't have it, but that can be overlooked due to the awesome gameplay.
I've played this game for for years on and off. I can say I've played many many games but I keep coming back to this one. this game for when it was made has so many good things about it. the game play the graphics and the replay value is awesome. you couldnt ask for a better game that comes from the mid 90's. If I would have to give it a rating I say Graphic are a 3.5/5, gameplay 4.5/5 and replay 5/5. but if you don't believe me, just give this game a try and become addited to this amazing game.
I played this game for the first time in 1997 (for months on end btw) and had tons of fun (and little sleep). After some time it slided to the backround until recently, when a friend said he still wanted to finish the game. I reinstalled the game too and immediately I was hooked again!
Don't be fooled by its looks! Such game depth, such atmosphere! In all these years of gaming I have seldomly come across a game that took hold of me this firmly! Time and again I found myself thinking about this game during the day, devising new tactics, plotting my next moves, impatiently waiting for the evenings at home. At night I regularly found myself ignoring the clock, playing "just one" more round, over and over again.
And yes, the game has a few minor issues, but that is easily compensated for by its strong points.
If you want to experience some really, really good gameplay, please take the time to learn this game (fortunately there are many tutorials out there) and find out what playing a great game feels like.
Keywords: Tactics, Logistics, Research, Construction, Atmosphere!!!!, mixture of turnbased and realtime strategy, good replay value.