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X-COM: Terror from the Deep (X-COM 2, UFO 2, TFTD) PSX
Genre: Strategy / Tactics
Perspective: Bird's-eye view
Pacing: Turn-based
Interface: Multiple Units / Characters Control
Visual: Isometric
Setting: Sci-Fi / Futuristic
Narrative: War
Published by: MicroProse Ltd.
Developed by: MicroProse Ltd.
Released: 1996
Platforms: PlayStation (PSX, PS1), DOS

X-COM: Terror From The Deep - the second game in the series of computer games X-COM, which is the continuation of X-COM: UFO Defense. The following article is the material of the Free Wikipedia Encyclopedia and is more concerned with the PC version of the game.

At the time of its destruction, the Martian civilization sent into space a powerful signal that reached a huge space ship that fell to Earth (into the Gulf of Mexico) millions of years ago. In 2040, a new threat, this time coming from the depths of the sea, forces the governments of the world's leading countries to revive the organization of X-COM.

Differences from the first part

The concept and mechanics of the game have not undergone any noticeable changes. X-COM: Terror From The Deep differs from its predecessor in the main details:
  • Significantly improved graphic design, increased detail of the terrain.
  • The atmosphere of the game has become more grim.
  • The complexity of the game has increased.
  • Changed the names of all weapons, equipment, buildings and some basic concepts, although their essence remained the same. For example, mind control turned into molecular control (Molecular Control, M.C.), Elerium 115 (Elerium 115) into Z'rbite, and so on.
  • The characteristics of almost all types of weapons have been revised, mainly in the direction of deterioration. Some weapons can only be used underwater.
  • Terror missions are not only on land, but also on ships and submarine bases of aliens, and in the last two cases they consist of two stages (as the final mission on Mars in UFO Defense).
  • There was a bug preventing the possibility of learning the subject necessary to win the game at all. See below.
  • Even more urgent was the "problem of the last aliyena." After the destruction of most aliens, one or more survivors hide and do not betray their presence. To detect them, the player has to comb a considerable amount of space, which can take a long time. In addition, during the terror mission on the ship, the last surviving alien may find himself in a place physically inaccessible to X-COM soldiers.
  • To obtain some of the technologies, it is necessary to study living aliens of certain species or the body of the deceased.

Bug of research

The authors of X-COM: Terror From The Deep made the tree of research wider and more confusing compared to UFO Defense. In order to obtain some technologies, it is necessary to investigate two or three others. However, the rush in the creation of the game led to the fact that there are several errors in the research tree, which in certain situations make the successful completion of the game impossible. The basic principle is that by the time the technology is completed, the player must have an artifact of the following technology in stock, otherwise it will be impossible to investigate it (for example, it is necessary to have M.C. Reader at the conclusion of the M.C Lab study).

In the earlier versions of the game, after the command of the commander, the player was inaccessible to the Leviathan submarine, which was necessary to complete the game. In later versions, the commander of the troops in case of captivity should no longer appear on the research list.

Types of aliens

Compared to UFO Defense, the number of aliens has decreased from five to four, but the number of terrorist units has increased from six to seven. Also there were mixed crews, when on a mission (like when assaulting aliens who were downed or sat down at the bottom, and in the missions of terror and in defending their bases), one can meet representatives of different races.


Aquatoid - the classic "green man", an underwater analog of the sectoids from the first part of the game. In later missions, leaders have a limited ability of molecular control. Weak / medium (if there is an MC-capable leader) the enemy.
Gill Man is a green-skinned representative of prehistoric earthly race, who agreed to cooperate with aliens in exchange for their survival. Weak opponent.
Lobster Man - lobster growth from a man, moving on the hindlimbs. The shell is very resistant to all kinds of small arms. A dangerous opponent.
Tasoth - a fast and viable creature, resembling a cross between a lizard, dinosaur and eel. Leaders have the ability of molecular control. Clever and dangerous opponent.

Terrorist units

Deep One is a white humanoid with a trunk. Spits on the parabola. His spittle is almost safe for those on whom armor is worn, but for people without armor, it is fatal. Accompanies Gill Man in the ground-based terror missions. Under water there is only one time - in the final mission. Mild to dangerous opponent.
Bio-Drone - analogue of the cyberdisc in UFO Defense, but less (it takes one cell instead of four). Explodes when destroyed. Accompanies ground missions both lobsters and thachers. A dangerous opponent.
Calcinite is an amorphous creature in diving gear. Attacks only in melee combat, but very much. Accompanies aquatoid in ground missions. The average opponent.
The hallucinoid is a huge jellyfish. It poses a danger near. It occurs only on enemy bases.
Xarquid - Nautilus hypertrophied sizes, the rarest species of aliens.
Triscene - looks like Reaper from the first part, but differs from it with exceptional strength. A large prehistoric predator. Destroyed only by grenades. It also occurs very rarely, usually in the missions of terror on ships with thosotami.
Tentaculat is an analog of Krisalid from the first part, only unlike the latter, it can fly. Is the most dangerous opponent in the game. Attacking a soldier, turns him into a zombie, from which after the murder hatch another tentakulat. It occurs on enemy bases. In terrestrial missions, terror does not participate, so it is not possible to turn zombies into civilians, unlike krssalid from the first part, which could seriously complicate the player's mission with such activities.

Additional facts

  • The game had a pretty strong influence myths Cthulhu; in particular, the underwater city of extraterrestrials T'Leth is a reference to R'lyehu.
  • The world map in Terror From The Deep is less detailed than in UFO Defense, and the sock of New Zealand's boot is turned in the wrong direction.