XCOM: Enemy Unknown Ironman video guide: saving the Earth when every decision matters

I have failed to save the Earth many, many times. More elite soldiers under my command have been summarily shot in the face by 3ft tall aliens than I can remember. Since we received early access to XCOM: Enemy Unknown I've played almost thirty hours of the game in Ironman mode, where every choice, mission and death is permanent. I've not saved the world, but I've learned a few things.

This video guide is intended to help you skip a few of my mistakes. I cover what to buy, who to send on missions, what to research and what base upgrades and mission rewards to pursue. It won't save you from watching your most beloved veterans die, but it'll hopefully prolong their lives just a little.

Check out Tom's extensive XCOM guide for more on enemy types, soldier classes, and the late game. Evan's XCOM review explains why we're so impressed with Firaxis' revival of a long-missed series.

Chris Thursten

Joining in 2011, Chris made his start with PC Gamer turning beautiful trees into magazines, first as a writer and later as deputy editor. Once PCG's reluctant MMO champion , his discovery of Dota 2 in 2012 led him to much darker, stranger places. In 2015, Chris became the editor of PC Gamer Pro, overseeing our online coverage of competitive gaming and esports. He left in 2017, and can be now found making games and recording the Crate & Crowbar podcast.