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  • Summary: 2022 – The Pandoravirus Unleashed. An unusual virus discovered in melting permafrost excites the scientific community. It has a massive genome, and only 1% of its genes match anything in existing databases. “What the hell is going on with the other genes?” asks researcher Jean-Michel Moreau.2022 – The Pandoravirus Unleashed. An unusual virus discovered in melting permafrost excites the scientific community. It has a massive genome, and only 1% of its genes match anything in existing databases. “What the hell is going on with the other genes?” asks researcher Jean-Michel Moreau. “This opens a Pandora’s box. What kinds of discoveries are going to come from studying the contents?” The seas transform in something totally alien. Then the mutagens began to invade the land via an airborne microbial mist. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 45
  2. Negative: 0 out of 45
  1. Feb 12, 2020
    90
    Phoenix Point is, without a doubt, one of the best strategy games to come out in the last few years.
  2. Dec 3, 2019
    86
    Almost identical to XCOM 2 in visuals and gameplay, although not as polished. Hit zones provide more tactical depth, though.
  3. Dec 18, 2019
    80
    Phoenix Point has plenty of bold new ideas for the XCOM genre, but not all of them have the same level of shine. It can feel a bit unwieldy at times, a bit less user-friendly than you'd hope. But it's a game that feels more concerned with experimentation than perfection, that's more interested in discovering new paths to take than walking one that's already well-trodden.
  4. Dec 19, 2019
    75
    Phoenix Point is a good vision of the XCOM-style turn strategy weighed down by its structure and low intensity in the fighting.
  5. Dec 30, 2019
    72
    Quotation forthcoming.
  6. Dec 8, 2019
    70
    Phoenix Point stumbles and fails its release, which has obviously been rushed. Although it's currently full of bugs and balance issues on many levels, the game has great potential that will eventually shine and make it a game of choice for aficionados of the genre. The gameplay is ambitious and deep, with a combat and management system that can be very satisfying. In addition, the diplomacy feature is a rare strength, even if the current content doesn't encourage you to take full advantage of it yet. We advise you to wait a little before buying Phoenix, as it will most likely be improved soon.
  7. Feb 24, 2020
    50
    With the pedigree and ideas going into this, Phoenix Point should have been much, much better than it is. The cool ideas are overshadowed by ever-present bugs, glitches, and hiccups that constantly get in the way of the player. Even excusing these, the ideas and presentation come off as incredibly bland very soon into the adventure. Little customization, little options, and little reason to care about your soldiers or base, round out reasons this is in need of massive updates and overhauls if it is to be saved.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 52 out of 136
  2. Negative: 57 out of 136
  1. Dec 4, 2019
    10
    The best game I've bought this year. Though I've only bought about 3 full priced games.
    I have well over 800 hours in XCOM 2 and bought the
    The best game I've bought this year. Though I've only bought about 3 full priced games.
    I have well over 800 hours in XCOM 2 and bought the original Microprose terror from the Deep on UK release day in the 90's and completed it on the hardest level many times.
    This is pitched somewhere between the Firaxis games and the Microprose games in terms of depth. It has a lot of user QOL improvements, good graphics and despite a couple of bugs (Overwatch can be flakey) it is a great game already.
    The tutorial does a great job. It explains the basics but leaves so much to discover,a nd that is - after all - a HUGE part of the game. Discovering what to buildm what goes where. There does not seem to be a right way to win, different strategies seem to work if they are well thought out. But the game lets you discover much for yourself and for me that is far preferable to being hand held.
    After the tutorial you can do anything and everything - but only at a superficial level. The rest is for you to find out. That's the ideal tutorial as far as I'm concerned Discovery and imagination are key gameplay ideas that so many developers destroy by forcing you to play a certain way and explaining every nut and bolt of the game
    It's a lot more stable (for me) than XCOM 2 was at launch and looks considerably better, The geoscape is a vast improvement over the Firaxis game. The UI in the base is clean and simple to understand the aliens are wonderful and that game has become a classic with solid developer support, well priced and effective DLC's and a massive boost from an enthusiastic modding community.
    Phoenix Point starts in a better place (as far as I'm concerned) and with good support could (and perhaps should) be a better game in timer than XCOM 2 is with mods, DLC's and bug fixes.
    It's a solid game now. 50-60 hours for a game that costs quite a bit less than most AAA releases.

    I'll be playing this game a lot in the coming months. This and Factorio are the only two games I'll play till Spring probably. Wish I had more time for games and wish there were more games like this :)
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  2. Dec 6, 2019
    10
    First day I got it, I pumped in 10 hours straight! PP is not genre changing but I addressed all of what was lacking in all of the recentFirst day I got it, I pumped in 10 hours straight! PP is not genre changing but I addressed all of what was lacking in all of the recent "XCOM-WANNABES"; Firaxis XCOM's lack of strategic depth and overly simplified combat, the Original X-COM's overly complex action points system with unimpressionable characters, the UFO AFTER series lack of a proper combat system. I am glad PP found the perfect middle ground for real X-COM fans in terms of combat and base management. Particularly in terms of the new action points system. It is dressed up visually to look like the XCOM system but is really internally a simplified X-COM system. Sounds complex? I think the way it is presented makes it too much like XCOM and do not give justice to the genius of this new system. AS a 30 years X-com player, I really love this and I think this along with the real ballistic and aiming system does push the genre forward. I will not be surprised to see more of similar mechanics in future turn based games. Expand
  3. Dec 6, 2019
    9
    Quite a good game, it has it's own lore, I love the way every bullet is individually simulated so you never feel like the game just cheatsQuite a good game, it has it's own lore, I love the way every bullet is individually simulated so you never feel like the game just cheats you. It keeps me interested like the XCOM and X-Com games did. Way more flexible in soldier maneuvers than the 'walk-shoot' system in Firaxis games, it fits my careful playstyle more.
    Individual spotting rather thant 'packs' of enemies, that makes it nice and realistic.
    I really enjoy this game and look forward to many more hours in it!
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  4. Dec 7, 2019
    5
    Before i start i have some bias from the whole steam epic store switch, but still the game is dated and has too many bugs. you can say itsBefore i start i have some bias from the whole steam epic store switch, but still the game is dated and has too many bugs. you can say its good for a kickstarter game or indie dev but at the end of the day they got backed by epic hard so they were no longer a kickstarter in terms of funding. the game truly deserves a 5 or 6 at this point with some polish and maybe see what they do in the coming months a 7 or 8 if you get over your bias for the dishonesty Expand
  5. Dec 8, 2019
    4
    Наиграл уже больше 15 часов. И если честно, продолжать играть не тянет. В игре много проблем. Если вам нужна атмосфера, то играйте в XCOM:Наиграл уже больше 15 часов. И если честно, продолжать играть не тянет. В игре много проблем. Если вам нужна атмосфера, то играйте в XCOM: Enemy Unkown. Тут её нет. Вы просто летаете на самолёте по точкам, разведуете карту. Иногда сражаетесь с монстрами. Причем миссии скучные просто пипец. "Защитите ресуры" и "вы попали в засаду". За 15 часов было 3 нормальных миссии: атака на улей, момент когда на мою базу напали, и когда я впервые встретил монстра артиллерию. Всё. 15 часов. Тупой скукаты и летания между точками на карте. Сюжет движется ооочень медленно. Причем больше всего меня раздражает, что когда появляется новый монстр, никакого внимание, как в том же XCOM: EU ему не уделяется. Вы просто его убиваете и все. Дальше максимум прочитаете чуток текста про него в лаборатории. Всё. Никакого удивления, никакого внимания на монстра, ни какой близкой камеры, чтобы его полностью посмотреть нет. В том же ХСОМ: EU при первой встречи с новым противником, доктор Вален что-то рассказывала о нём, как и при вскрытии, как и при допросе. Было не только интересно узнавать нлошников, но и пытаться их поймать. Тут же вы всё делаете с покер фейсом. Причем храмает и сама механика. Противник "оглушен" ок да. Ты подходишь и пытаешься его парализовать, а он в ответ по тебе стреляет в притык. НО ВЕДЬ ОН ЖЕ ОГЛУШЕН!!!! Бред. Плюс эти всякие маленькие иконки в инвинтаре, когда ты снаряжение вешаешь на своего бойца. Они все почти одинаковые, как патроны, так и оружие. Отличаются только цветом. Характеристики оружия читать не удобно, что-то сравнивать тоже. Про фракции в игре я вообще молчу, ибо они клешированы (копия фракций из Fallout 4), и тебе просто становится на них плевать. Я игру то пройду, но через силу. В общем в игре много проблем во всём. Пока играть не рекомендую, максимум попробовать в неё сыграть, когда выйдут все длц. Expand
  6. Dec 8, 2019
    3
    Awkward, buggy and unfinished. Some good ideas here and likely had the potential to be better but for whatever reason lacks refinement andAwkward, buggy and unfinished. Some good ideas here and likely had the potential to be better but for whatever reason lacks refinement and polished.

    The outright lies told to backers and investors only to switch the rug out underneath them and go Epic exclusive also cannot be ignored. If the payout was used to bring this game up to a high standard that would be one thing but none of that seems to have shown. The game still looks very rough and amateurish in some areas so wherever that Epic kickback went, it doesn't seem to be in to the game's production.

    I hate to say it but if you are expecting this to be the next XCOM, you will be disappointed.
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  7. Feb 17, 2020
    0
    this game is very buggy and unbalanced. content feels a bit repetitive and boring.

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