XCOM: Enemy Unknown

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XCOM: Enemy Unknown
XCOM - Enemy Unknown - cover.jpg
Developers
Publishers
Engines
Release dates
Windows
October 9, 2012
OS X
April 25, 2013
Linux
June 19, 2014
XCOM: Enemy Unknown at Steam Charts
XCOM: Enemy Unknown at SteamDB
 XCOM: Enemy Unknown at Wikipedia
X-COM
X-COM: UFO Defense 1994
X-COM: Terror from the Deep 1995
X-COM: Apocalypse 1997
X-COM: Interceptor 1998
X-COM: Enforcer 2001
XCOM: Enemy Unknown 2012
XCOM: Enemy Within
The Bureau: XCOM Declassified 2013

Key points

Information Only a 64-bit version is available on Linux.
Disadvantage The game suffers from an abundance of bugs in its current state. Some bugs are game-breaking.[1]

General information

More information Steam Community Discussions
More information Steam Users' Forums
More information Steam Users' Forums for game series
More information Official Forum - not PC-specific.
Information PC Report: XCOM: Enemy Unknown on Linux.

Availability[edit]

Source(s) Store unlock Notes
Retail Steamicon.png
Amazon.com Steamicon.png
GameFly Steamicon.png GameFly PC Client required
Green Man Gaming Steamicon.png
GamersGate Steamicon.png
Mac App Store MacAppStore.png OS X only.
Steam Steamicon.png
Information All versions require Steam, except for OS X Mac App Store release.

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Fix Disable videos in .ini fileLink

  1. Open XComEngine.ini in the configuration files location.
  2. Find the following lines
StartupMovies=Logo_2KFiraxis
StartupMovies=UE3TechLogo
StartupMovies=LogoLegal_PCConsole
StartupMovies=1280x720_Black
Replace them with:
;StartupMovies=Logo_2KFiraxis
;StartupMovies=UE3TechLogo
;StartupMovies=LogoLegal_PCConsole
;StartupMovies=1280x720_Black
On OS X and Linux you also need to replace StartupMovies=feral with ;StartupMovies=feral.
Information Changing the setting bForceNoMovies to TRUE will not work because the game will fail to load anything past the main menu. This problem does not exist in Enemy Within.

Turn off multiplayer chat[edit]

Fix Turn off multiplayer voice chatLink

  1. Open XComEngine.ini in the configuration files location.
  2. Find the line bHasVoiceEnabled=true
  3. Change it to bHasVoiceEnabled=false

Enable armor tint options[edit]

Fix Enable armor tints[2]Link

  1. Open XComGame.ini in the configuration files location.
  2. Add the following lines at the end
[XComStrategyGame.XGCustomizeUI]
bArmorDecoAvailable=true
bArmorTintAvailable=true

Game data[edit]

Configuration files location[edit]

  Location 
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\XCOM - Enemy Unknown\XComGame\Config\
OS X ~/Library/Application Support/Feral Interactive/XCOM Enemy Unknown/
Linux ~/.local/share/feral-interactive/XCOM/WritableFiles/
Advantage This game supports the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.

Save game data location[edit]

  Location 
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\XCOM - Enemy Unknown\XComGame\SaveData\
OS X ~/Library/Application Support/Feral Interactive/XCOM Enemy Unknown/
Linux ~/.local/share/feral-interactive/XCOM/savedata/
Disadvantage Having too many savegames can cause slowdowns, which can be fixed by regularly purging savegames.
Disadvantage Savegames will start appearing in the wrong order once there are more or around 100 savegames.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Native
GameSave Manager Native

Video settings[edit]

Display settings.
Video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native WSGF WS Silver.svg
Multi-monitor Impossible WSGF MM Bronze.svg Game renders upside-down.[3]
Ultra-widescreen Hackable WSGF UW Silver.svg See the WSGF entry.
Field of view (FOV) Not applicable
Windowed Native
Borderless fullscreen windowed Native Includes "Borderless Window" display mode.
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Native
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native
High frame rate Native No frame rate or refresh rate cap.[4]
Color blind mode Native Game's color scheme is inherently friendly (no dedicated mode).[5]

Input settings[edit]

Input settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native Can bind two key combinations for each function.
Mouse acceleration Impossible Some in-game functions cause mouse to accelerate wildly (e.g., any area-of-effect ability).
Mouse input in menus Native
Mouse Y-axis inversion Not applicable
Controller
Controller support Native
Full controller support Native Must be first enabled in options.
Controller remapping Impossible
Controller Y-axis inversion Not applicable
Other
Touchscreen optimised Native Must be first enabled in options.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native
Surround sound Impossible With surround sound enabled certain sounds such as dialogue audio cannot be heard.[6]
Subtitles Native
Closed captions Unknown
Mute on focus lost Native

Localizations

Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native Native Native
Traditional Chinese Native Impossible Native
French Native Native Native
German Native Native Native
Italian Native Native Native
Korean Native Impossible Native
Japanese Native Impossible Native
Polish Native Native Native
Russian Native Native Native
Spanish Native Native Native

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
Local play Impossible
LAN play Native
Online play Native

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking Native
Peer-to-peer Impossible
Dedicated Impossible
Self-hosting Native
Direct IP Impossible

Issues fixed[edit]

Save game slowdowns[edit]

Disadvantage Having a lot of savegames might cause the game to momentarily freeze while loading the "Save Game" screen.

Fix Delete unnecessary save gamesLink

Windows[edit]

Game appears to run in slow motion[edit]

Information Using Gigabyte's OC Guru overclocking tool can cause the game to appear to run in slow motion, then jump forward in time every few seconds

Fix Close the OC Guru overlayLink

  1. In the taskbar, right click on the Gigabyte OC Guru and click Close.
  2. You may need to click show hidden icons to see the icon.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Vista 7
Processor (CPU) 2 GHz Dual Core 2 GHz Dual Core (Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz or Athlon X2 2.7 GHz)
System memory (RAM) 2 GB 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
20 GB
Video card (GPU) NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT
ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT
NVIDIA GeForce 9000 series
ATI Radeon HD 3000 series
Information Windows XP is not supported, but the game can be made to run on it using this guide.
OS X
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.8.5 10.9.1
Processor (CPU) 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
System memory (RAM) 4 GB 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
20 GB
Video card (GPU) AMD HD4000
NVidia 9000 series
256 MB of VRAM
1 GB of VRAM
Information The OS X version is not supported on these graphics cards: ATI X1xxx series, ATI HD2xxx series, Intel GMA series, NVIDIA 7xxx series, NVIDIA 8xxx series. The following cards require you to have 8 GB of system RAM: NVIDIA 320M, NVIDIA 9400 and Intel HD3000.
Linux
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS)
Ubuntu 14.04 64-bit
Processor (CPU) 2 GHz 3 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
16 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia 600 series
AMD 6000 series
Intel Iris Pro
512 MB of VRAM
Nvidia 700 series
AMD 6000 series
1 GB of VRAM

References

  1. http://forums.2kgames.com/showthread.php?149231-Dedicated-Bug-Reports
  2. http://www.reddit.com/r/GameDeals/comments/1hkfo8/gmg_9th_666_sale_dmc_walking_dead_euro_truck_sim/cav71s3
  3. http://img.wsgf.org/f/u/imagecache/node-gallery-display/contrib/dr/23733/ingame_3x1.jpg
  4. New 120Hz Games Report
  5. XCOM Enemy Unknown (PC) | AbleGamers.com
  6. Can't hear sound/voice from soldiers? Click here. - Steam discussion forums