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#1 Disarray



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Posted 05 September 2008 - 03:30 AM

Hey there.
I've always wanted to give the X-Com series a try, but for whatever reason I always ended up forgetting about it. Well, no more!
I'm just not sure where to start. I always wanted to play Terror from the Deep but I suppose I should go with UFO Defence first. There seem to be several versions though. The original floppy disk, a collector's edition, one on Steam and perhaps more? Are there any differences in these? I'd like to go with the most complete and prettiest version. That probably means I need to patch the game as well, but there seem to be loads of these too. Can anyone show me which I need? I don't mind paying for the Steam version out of support, but a friend of mine said he can get me a copy too, so I might go for that first to see if I even like the game. I have no idea which version that is though. Also do all versions of the game look like the pixelated mess on this screenshot:
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? Or can you make the game look a bit cleaner after some tweaking?

Anyway, thank you guys in advance. The help is appreciated. :)

PS. I'm on windows xp.

Edited by Disarray, 05 September 2008 - 03:31 AM.

#2 Gimli



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Posted 05 September 2008 - 05:01 AM

UFO Defense: Windows and DOS version. DOS is the one on Steam. The Steam version also looks a bit better thanks to some form of anti-aliasing.
Terror From the Deep: same except the current version on Steam is the Windows one, but the DOSBox version will be added soon.
Apocalypse: only the DOS version exists.
Interceptor and Enforcer: only Windows versions.

The DOS version of UFO has the difficulty bug (it's always on Beginner). But since you're new and the game is hard, that won't be a problem. :P
TFTD has different research trees between the DOS and Windows version.

#3 stewart


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Posted 05 September 2008 - 02:05 PM

Yeah, grab pocket UFO (its free) and play it on your cell phone, it'll look smooth on the small screen! LOL
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I'm starting to like the heavy cannon more and more.