CVG:Normally, XCOM isn't about the stories the developers tell you, but the ones you create yourself. It's one of gaming's best anecdote generators, and a deep, thoughtful strategy game. But The Bureau is different, and the relegation of the words 'XCOM' to its subtitle is a pretty big clue about the direction 2K Marin have taken this spin-off. The genes of the series are still here, but they've mutated. It's now a third-person, real-time tactical shooter, with a focus on story.