Several hours into XCOM: Enemy Within, pumping bullets into extraterrestrials and sending aircraft to chase UFOs, I found myself thinking of Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen. Rest assured, there are no dragons here, but Firaxis’ beloved tactical shooter follows much the same model as Capcom’s role-playing game in offering what some may call an “ultimate” edition of 2012’s turn-based strategy hit. In this latest jaunt, hours filled with the same cutscenes of Dr. Vahlen and Dr. Chen bickering over the same priorities rush by. The enemy is known now, at least for those of us who played XCOM: Enemy Unknown before, and thus some of the mystery has passed away. But as I ventured deeper into alien bases and terrorist cells, I found myself thinking of XCOM: Enemy Within more as an alternate reality. It’s an approach that makes facing the alien menace exciting all over again.