UFO Enemy Unknown (it first name) is still one of my faviorate games. I have owned a copy in one form or another from when it was first released.
I had a copy on my Amiga 500+, it came on 5 (i think) floppy disks. Disk 3 had to be copied from the master disks for every game or you would start with a very hard difficulty (the disk had to be write enabled.) terror turns could take more than an hour but I fell in love with the game.
I never completed it on the Amiga as base attacks took WAAAAY to long.
I got a PC and TFTD in 95 or 96 and I had x-com Apocalypse on pre-order, in fact I still own a copy of the Xcom Apocalypse demo CD the the PC Zone the game came with.
I own copys of interceptor, xcom email and the terrible enforcer
I think I owned all xcom clones that have been released too.
My experiences with the original X-com go like this:
In the early 2000's, I picked up a game for GBA called Rebelstar Tactical Command, and learned it's creator, Julian Gollop, created this game, X-com UFO Defense, first. I downloaded and played it with no manual and was promptly stumped, and left it untouched on my hard drive for a number of years, distracted as I was by my console games.
As we entered 2012, Game Informer had a cover story on the Remake of X-com. I was naturally intrigued, having had the prior experience with X-com and Rebelstar. I was immediately excited. So much so, that on my new computer, four months ago, I bought the old X-com on steam for $5, and renewed my determination to learn it.
I haven't even beaten beginner mode yet, but still swear by the old game as something that must be played at least once, and appreciated, before learning the new game.
"The wages of sin is death... but the hours are good." ---Psycrow, Earthworm Jim cartoon
I still remember playing the demo of xcom, I think it came with one of the PC mags in the 90's... Finally managed to win by walking out, shooting with my laser rifle and walking back in. It was a nasty one, a terror mission vs snakemen and....