XCOM Enemy Unknown: Elite Edition Hits The Mac App Store, Needs A Serious Rig To Play It

XCOM Elite Edition

Critically acclaimed real time strategy game, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, has just hit the Mac App Store with a new Elite Edition, just for the Mac.

XCOM stands for Extraterrestrial Combat Unit, and the game lives up to its name, with turn-based tactical battles on a global scale, with a solid storyline and deep role playing game systems to boot. If you’re a sci-fi gamer who loved StarCraft I and II, XCOM is right up your alien-infested alley.

And now it’s finally on the Mac.

XCOM Enemy Unknown came out for the PC and consoles this past October, and should be coming to the iOS platform this summer. Developed by Firaxis Games and published by 2K, the Mac OS X port is published by Feral Interactive, a well-known Mac gaming company.

It’s a re-imagining of the original classic X-COM: UFO Defense, created by MicroCom and released on MS-DOS and the Amiga in 1994, with a version released for PlayStation in 1995. The new version features some amazing modern graphics and gameplay, making it one of the hottest video games of the last year.

This Elite Edition includes both the Slingshot and Elite Soldier add-on packs, along with the Second Wave update, which added some gameplay mods to add depth, flexibility, and balance to the game.

You’ll need to check your Mac’s specifications before you purchase this stunner of a game, as it requires a Mac with robust enough system specifications to run.

The minimum system requirements include at least a 2.0 GHx processor and 4Gb of RAM, along with at least a 256Mb Graphics card and 15 Gb of hard drive space. In addition, several graphics cards aren’t supported, like the ATI X1xxx series, the ATI HD2xxx series, the Intel GMA series, the NVIDIA 7xxx series, and the NVIDIA 8xxx series.

If you have an Intel HD3000 (like my Macbook Air), the NVIDIA 9400, or the NVIDIA 320M, you’ll need at least 8Gb of Ram to even consider running XCOM Enemy Unknown: Elite Edition.

The following graphics cards require 8GB of system RAM: Intel HD3000, NVIDIA 9400 and NVIDIA 320M.

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