Try our new beta! Click here
Submitted by NYC_Gamer 891d ago | preview

PCGamer- The Bureau: XCOM Declassified hands-on: a punishing, tactical take on XCOM’s origin story

PCG:There’s a moment, very early on during my time with The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, when I realise that I’m definitely playing an XCOM game. And funnily enough, it’s not the point at which I slow down time and order a complex series of flanking manoeuvres followed by special attacks to my two companions. It comes immediately afterwards, when I arrogantly decide that, actually, I’ve played tons of third-person shooters, thanks very much – and all this ‘tactical’ nonsense is a bit beneath me and my awesome headshot abilities. Sectoids have oversized skulls anyway, right? Shouldn’t be too hard to nab that damage bonus. And so, I decide to run-and-gun my way through the next wave of alien forces. They get my squad members first of all. Without the direction of their commander, they suddenly seem overwhelmed by the stresses and strains of extraterrestrial combat. And then, when the aliens have finished with my teammates, they come for poor outnumbered, outgunned me. It’s a dismal, humiliating failure but, as protagonist William Carter slumps to the ground after a failed attempt to resuscitate one of his companions, I’m filled with a powerful sense of joy. (PC, PS3, The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, Xbox 360)

Add comment

You need to be registered to add comments. Register here or login
New stories

Review: Rainbow Six: Siege | Stevivor

12m ago - Leo Stevenson -- "Siege creates the kind of anxious, pulse pounding action usually reserved for o... | PC

Review: Need For Speed - Connected Digital World

12m ago - Connected Digital World writes: Feeling the need? | Need For Speed

See what games are coming out in 2016

Now - Visit our release calendar to see what games are coming out in 2016. | Promoted post

Rainbow Six: Siege review - MMGN

12m ago - MMGN writes: There’s a discouraging trend in this industry to force shooters down the multiplayer... | PC

GotGame | Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash Review

12m ago - Nintendo typically has a large list of first party releases to fill up their holiday season, and... | Wii U

Fallout 4 Review: Priscilla Queen of the Wasteland | WASDuk

13m ago - WASDuk writes "It was always inevitable that Fallout 4 was going to set the world on fire. It’s a... | PC