On the battlefield you have a top-down view to survey the area, although you can only see as far as your team whilst far-off regions will be clouded with the fog of war. You can push forward slowly, allowing an additional action should you come into contact with the enemy. Alternatively, dash forward to reach cover and protect yourself against any aliens that might get a shot off as you approach.
Advancing one of your squad too far will leave them open to attack. This situation is made all the more perilous when you consider the power of enemy weapons against your own. You're outmanned and outgunned. True strategic thinking and teamwork is the key to your success.
Away from the main story, there are a whole host of things to do. This preparation could be a game in itself - researching new advanced equipment, extending your base with new laboratories and power generators, distributing resources and protecting each nation of the world by launching satellites and preparing fighter jets to defend them.
XCOM: Enemy Unknown has deep, strategic gameplay where every action you take has a consequence. Pick it up now from our online store.