Based on the 2012 video game, in XCOM: The Board Game players control 4 different departments in the XCOM organization and use their unique resources to work together and repel the incoming alien invasion.
Pro The gameplay is tense and frantic
Each round is divided into 2 phases: A timed action phase, where players takes their actions, followed by an un-timed resolution phase, where everyonegoes through and resolves all of the actions from the previous phase. During the timed portion of each round players are forced to take their actions as fast as possible by the app, which will punish you if you take to long. This gives your decisions much more weight since you won't always have time to do everything you want to and must make tough calls on where to focus your efforts.
Pro Excellently captures the feel of the video game
Fantasy Flight did a great job capturing the feel of the PC version of this game and putting into the boardgame version. Decisions are meaningful as you decide where to deploy your troops, what to research, and how to allocate your resources.