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UFO: Afterlight

a.k.a. UFO:AL / UAL / UFO: Afterlight - Bitwa o Marsa

published by Cenega / Topware Interactive / Bohemia Interactive in 2007-02-09, developed by ALTAR Games, running on Windows
type: strategy, role-play
genre: Science Fiction, Tactical
series: UFO
setting: Future
perspective: bird's-eye
player options: single player
languages: chi eng pol rus
3.8/5

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Official description
UFO: Afterlight is a mixture of squad based tactical action and global strategy with the gamer controlling the actions of elite ground troops, and the running and construction of an intricate network of interlinking bases while collecting resources.

UFO: Afterlight takes us to Mars, where a human colony has been built with the help of the Reticulans not long before the events of UFO: Aftershock took place. Mars base is self-sustainable and provides all the necessities for survival of humans on a foreign planet, mainly breathable air, water and food. Although the people inhabiting this colony have the technologies and knowledge required for their further development, basic survival is their major concern. Their only activity is the research of a nearby excavation site, which proves the existence of an ancient intelligent and highly developed alien civilization.

The player will enter the game when the research drastically affects all Mars inhabitants. New and unexpected enemies appear in the form of robots, built centuries ago by the unknown aliens for their protection, whose purpose is to eliminate any traces of other civilizations on Mars.

Humans on Mars now have a good reason for their own development, even though not knowing yet that the planetary self-defense mechanism might not be the worst awaiting them, and that their unintentional opening of hyperspace gates will bring an even bigger enemy right to their door. After all attempts to contact the Earth Laputa fail, the colonists are left with no other choice than to fight the enemies with their own means, or be annihilated.

Key Features

General
* combination of global strategy and tactical missions
* completely new story built on the events from UFO: Aftershock
* large number of new technologies, weapons and equipment to develop
* completely new environments on a different planet than Earth
* highly replayable game because of the player's key decisions on diplomacy and research
* strong RPG elements, the player knows his team by names

Strategy
* new enemies and new alien races with variable weapons and battle tactics
* several character classes with different attributes, skills and trainings
* diplomacy has strong influence on the game story
* research enables terraforming of the planet in later stages of the game
* improved and transparent construction and building management
* friendly interface and easy orientation in the game, useful information available at time and place where needed

Tactics
* advanced tactical part of the game with the possibility to enter buildings, thermo visions and more
* player may use different height and destructible elements of environment to his advantage
* tactical missions controlled by intelligent scripts guarantee reasonable behavior of enemies
* authentic physical model
* player must adapt his tactics during the game as the enemies change and grow stronger, hardly two missions are the same
* aliens and robots in your team
* hostile environment requiring the use of different types of spacesuits
* opportunity to mind-control your enemies and use psionic abilities
Cenega - # 2007-05-15 21:47:44 - official description - source
Comment
UFO: Afterlight belongs to the UFO series - UFO: Aftermath and UFO: Aftershock, released in 2003 and 2005 respectively, and originally inspired by the X-COM series. As well as X-COM and our previous UFO editions it consists of two related approaches - global strategy and small-squad tactics are merged together with an interesting story.
- - # 2006
Technical specs
display: textured polygons
Minimum system requirements:
* Windows 2000 or XP
* 1 GHz CPU
* 512 MB RAM
* NVidia 5700 or ATI Radeon 9500 video card
* 5 GB free HD space

Recommended:
* 2 GHz CPU
* 768 MB RAM
* Nvidia 6600 GT or ATI Radeon 9800 video card
Sanguine # 2007-10-05 13:15:08 - source
Editor notes (2)
Steam ID 7500 is publication on Steam that was taken down for some reason. ID:237950 is from Bohemia.
# 2014-01-06 12:00:37
?? 2007-02-09 by Topware
?? 2007-03-30
2007-05-04 on Steam (by Topware)
# 2009-04-02 08:13:06
External reviews (2) - average: 72.5%
review sourcecountryissuedatescore   
IGN2007*7.4/1074%
Metacritic2007*71/10071%
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