Great moments in PC gaming: The XCOM mission with the fish



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XCOM: Enemy Within

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Year: 2013
Developer: Firaxis

‘Site Recon’ is a prosaic name for a mission that, the first time I played it, straight-up terrified me. This is the council mission in XCOM’s Enemy Within expansion that sends you to a fishing village in Newfoundland that’s “gone dark”, with alien involvement suspected as the cause. It gets off to a slow start—the abandoned houses contain a few individual zombies and at some point you’ll set off the chryssalids on the docks. You’ve only encountered these spike-legged insectoid shock troops once before at this point. You may still be rocking a squad of four and ballistic weapons, in which case three chryssalids running at you is a hell of a thing to deal with.


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