X-COM Series now on Steam

$4.99 a game or $15 for the whole set. 10% off the first week of course.

Shack and Steam links.

The four games are:
X-COM: UFO Defense (1993)
X-COM: Apocalypse (1997)
X-COM: Interceptor (1998)
X-COM: Enforcer (2001)

You think it will work in 64bit vista?

That's awesome. I was just thinking about hitting eBay up for the original X-Com, but this is so much easier.

What the heck? Where is Terror from the Deep?

necroyeti wrote:

What the heck? Where is Terror from the Deep?

Steam has had that one for a long time now. The other ones are new.

I wonder if X-Com will run at a normal speed.

Switchbreak wrote:
necroyeti wrote:

What the heck? Where is Terror from the Deep?

Steam has had that one for a long time now. The other ones are new.

Ah yes, that is the correct answer. I was just.....testing you. >_>

Certis wrote:

I wonder if X-Com will run at a normal speed.

Jason Bergman posted this at Shacknews:

X-COM MENZ:

The whole series is now live on Steam!

I posted this yesterday after a brief false alarm, but they're live now.

Some details on what versions we put up there:

1) UFO Defense: This is the DOS-based version of 1.4. We use DOSBox
2) Apocalypse: Retail version, also running DOSBox.
3) Interceptor: version 1.2 for Windows
4) Enforcer: 1.0 for Windows

All have been tested and run fine in Vista.

TFD is still the Windows version, but I do intend to update that to use DOSBox at some point so we get Vista compatibility.

$4.99 each, whole series for $15, 10% off for the first week.

So they're using DOSBox for the old ones, which should mean running them on modern PCs will be timed correctly and not run at warp speed.

But are the sequels actually any good? I've played the first and have Apocalypse bought used in a box (not yet installed).

Very tempting, but I will wait and see if Gog offers these games as well. I like to have no DRM.

Wow - this is a steal for those classics. Thanks for the tip! I often speed right by those ads when I load up steam.

Quintin_Stone wrote:

But are the sequels actually any good? I've played the first and have Apocalypse bought used in a box (not yet installed).

Apocalypse is definitely worth a play. You will need to get some fan made files to get the sound to work though. I still have many fond memories of killing my whole squad because I accidently blew out the support for the floor above me...

You can still get X-Com UFO defense from Underdogs.. and it works with XP.

But are the sequels actually any good?

X-com and terror from the deep are excellent.
Apocalypse is ok, but the graphics style is an acquired taste
Interceptor and Enforcer...probably best to avoid.

I'd grab the first game again but I could never get TFD to run on my PC I imagine it would be the same for the first one.

stevenmack wrote:
But are the sequels actually any good?

X-com and terror from the deep are excellent.

Do note that Terror from the Deep has some seriously long scenarios - particularly some of the two-part ship-clearing ones. They did fix some of the issues with mind-control though, so it's not a push-over like the first one.

Aren't these on abandonia.net for free?

lethial wrote:
Quintin_Stone wrote:

But are the sequels actually any good? I've played the first and have Apocalypse bought used in a box (not yet installed).

Apocalypse is definitely worth a play. You will need to get some fan made files to get the sound to work though. I still have many fond memories of killing my whole squad because I accidently blew out the support for the floor above me...

From what I remember, Terror From the Deep was the most fun of all the games after the original. Apocalypse you kind of had to take on its own terms.

Still, with this and Jagged Alliance 2, good lord that's a timesink.

...can someone explain to me how noone has managed to make a competent successor to either of these?

I am all over this.

Mayfield wrote:

You can still get X-Com UFO defense from Underdogs.. and it works with XP.

That's not exactly legal.

edit:

Dezlen wrote:

Aren't these on abandonia.net for free?

It seems like a lot of people don't really understand what abandonware is. Abandonware is in that morally questionable area where they offer up illegal pirate versions of games under the defense that because they are not available for sale that it is a victimless crime. Now that the game is quite definitely still available, The Underdogs and Abandonia are no more legitimate ways of getting the game than a BitTorrent site is a legitimate way of getting The Orange Box.

Installed in about three seconds I love it.

Prederick wrote:

...can someone explain to me how noone has managed to make a competent successor to either of these?

I know, its unforgiving. Whats worse is any time I thought someone might be close I bought it. Now I'm a sad banana.

Prederick wrote:

...can someone explain to me how noone has managed to make a competent successor to either of these?

These days, turn-based combat is considered by the big dev studios to be the third rail of game design. They insist there's no market. Only the smaller houses and indie devs are willing to do it and these guys generally don't have the resources or talent to do such a game justice.

At least, that's how I see it.

Prederick wrote:

...can someone explain to me how no-one has managed to make a competent successor to either of these?

I wish the question wasnt necessary. Turn based-squad based combat was a lot of fun. Silent Storm was the most recent one I tried and it was half amazing, half worst game ever.

The good half was a great engine, good graphics, great destructibility of environments and the number of play style options that were supported. The historical WW2 setting was a good environment for the game.

The awful half was the introduction half-way through the game of alien technology that invalidated every skill you've built along the way and shoehorning you into one way of fighting. Plus it was stupid.

Prederick wrote:
lethial wrote:
Quintin_Stone wrote:

But are the sequels actually any good? I've played the first and have Apocalypse bought used in a box (not yet installed).

Apocalypse is definitely worth a play. You will need to get some fan made files to get the sound to work though. I still have many fond memories of killing my whole squad because I accidently blew out the support for the floor above me...

From what I remember, Terror From the Deep was the most fun of all the games after the original. Apocalypse you kind of had to take on its own terms.

Still, with this and Jagged Alliance 2, good lord that's a timesink.

...can someone explain to me how noone has managed to make a competent successor to either of these?

I actually enjoyed the UFO series, if you haven't tried them give them a shot.

lethial wrote:
Prederick wrote:
lethial wrote:
Quintin_Stone wrote:

But are the sequels actually any good? I've played the first and have Apocalypse bought used in a box (not yet installed).

Apocalypse is definitely worth a play. You will need to get some fan made files to get the sound to work though. I still have many fond memories of killing my whole squad because I accidently blew out the support for the floor above me...

From what I remember, Terror From the Deep was the most fun of all the games after the original. Apocalypse you kind of had to take on its own terms.

Still, with this and Jagged Alliance 2, good lord that's a timesink.

...can someone explain to me how noone has managed to make a competent successor to either of these?

I actually enjoyed the UFO series, if you haven't tried them give them a shot.

I was hesitant in picking up the UFO series, as I saw some mediocre reviews for it.

There was a WH40K turn based tactical combat game, it's name escapes me at the moment but I'm sure someone will chime in between now and the time I get home from work.

...can someone explain to me how noone has managed to make a competent successor to either of these?

Isn't this (vaguely rumoured) to be something Irrational is working on? Or did i just dream that?

God I forgot how unforgiving the game was. Little buggers wiped me out on the first run.

Done in a heartbeat.

It's about time. Believe it or not, I never bothered to play Interceptor or Enforcer. I will certainly do so now, if only for the yuks.

Now 2K should unveil their Ken Levine-produced XCOM remake once and for all.

Sanjuro wrote:

Now 2K should unveil their Ken Levine-produced XCOM remake once and for all.

I wonder if that's tied to it. 2K has the rights to the series and releasing the old games to Steam would have to have been done through them.