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  • Summary: XCOM: Chimera Squad delivers an all-new story and turn-based tactical combat experience in the XCOM universe. After years of alien rule, humanity won the war for Earth. But when the Overlords fled the planet, they left their former soldiers behind. Now, five years after the events of XCOM 2,XCOM: Chimera Squad delivers an all-new story and turn-based tactical combat experience in the XCOM universe. After years of alien rule, humanity won the war for Earth. But when the Overlords fled the planet, they left their former soldiers behind. Now, five years after the events of XCOM 2, humans and aliens are working together to forge a civilization of cooperation and coexistence. Welcome to City 31, a model of peace in a post-invasion world. However, not all of Earth's inhabitants support interspecies alliance. Chimera Squad, an elite force of human and alien agents, must work together to destroy the underground threats driving the city toward chaos. Your agents are unique: each of them equipped with special tactical abilities and driven by a different motivation for joining Chimera Squad. Deploy targeted team members to investigate and combat the dangers that pervade the districts of City 31. Lead Chimera Squad through a new experience that innovates on XCOM's turn-based legacy, utilizing strategy, teamwork, and new breach-and-clear gameplay to complete your mission objectives. The future of City 31 depends on you. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 56 out of 74
  2. Negative: 1 out of 74
  1. Apr 23, 2020
    100
    Xcom: Chimera Squad is proof positive that Firaxis are masters of the genre. The perfect starting point for newcomers, yet featuring enough depth for franchise vets, there is no reason to skip this title, especially at its bargain price.
  2. Apr 24, 2020
    85
    XCOM: Chimera Squad brings together a huge list of fresh new ways to play. Each change introduces a new layer of strategy, and the new turn system completely upends what you know about XCOM. This is a daring new take on this venerable series, and having just completed it, I can’t wait to run it again.
  3. Apr 23, 2020
    80
    XCOM: Chimera Squad is essentially the Agents of Shield to XCOM 2’s Avengers. It gently plays with the formula, and tells the peripheral stories of a much wider world on a much tighter budget and with much smaller stakes. In other words, it’s XCOM but chilled – and, in these desperate times, that’s just fine.
  4. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Jul 24, 2020
    80
    A small tactical game that plays well and looks good. If you like XCOM and you don´t have a problem with more stereotypical missions and sometimes a bigger role of RNG, you will probably like it. [Issue#304]
  5. Apr 23, 2020
    75
    More than anything, Firaxis appear to be testing the waters with XCOM: Chimera Squad, and as a field test it's mostly successful. However, it ditches far too much of what makes XCOM so fantastic in the first place.
  6. Apr 29, 2020
    75
    Regardless of the difficulty level, Chimera Squad doesn't let your soldiers die. Too bad, because the game could hugely benefit from this single change. Despite that, this new, mini-XCOM is worth the time. It won't be as thrilling as XCOM 2, but it's still a bargain.
  7. May 14, 2020
    40
    To me this is an incongruent vision of the series where you have snake squadmates and meaningless banter instead of worldbuilding and replayability. It’s fine as a one-off, slightly fun but buggy (hopefully non-canon) entry, but if this signifies the future of the franchise, I am worried.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 135
  2. Negative: 65 out of 135
  1. Apr 24, 2020
    10
    The game is fun. It has however a completly diferent feel from the other Xcom games ,the tension from trying to go around and hunting theThe game is fun. It has however a completly diferent feel from the other Xcom games ,the tension from trying to go around and hunting the enemy is gone.
    The game is more action heavy.
    I expected Xcom Swat , and that is exacly what i got.
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  2. Apr 29, 2020
    9
    XCOM: Chimera Squad no es XCOM 3 ni pretende serlo, si es eso lo que buscas te vas a decepcionar. Chimera es en buena medida un experimento deXCOM: Chimera Squad no es XCOM 3 ni pretende serlo, si es eso lo que buscas te vas a decepcionar. Chimera es en buena medida un experimento de cambiar algunas mecánicas principales y el estilo de juego. El resultado es que, en vez de defender el planeta de una invasión alienígena a gran escala, en Chimera XCOM ha evolucionado en una especie de unidad de SWAT y por tanto las misiones son asaltos a lugares con rehenes y cosas así. Esto cambia mucho. Primero, desaparecen las clases de personajes, ahora cada personaje está predefinido y es único, con sus propias habilidades y mejoras. Desaparecen las armas pesadas y los rifles de francotirador para dejar armas apropiadas para los nuevos entornos, que son mucho más cerrados y pequeños. Siendo interiores casitodo, las alturas a veces juegan un papel pero en mucha menor medida. Ya no hay fase de sigilo, en su lugar hay una fase de preparación antes del asalto al siguiente conjunto de habitaciones en cada misión. El manejo de la base y el mapa se han simplificado, aunque siguen siendo muy entretenidos, y lo mismo con el inventario. La escuadra que juegas en combate es más pequeña, contando como mucho con 4 de los miembros de tu XCOM en activo en cada momento en combate (frente a los 6 de XCOM 2). El sistema de turnos ha cambiado, en vez de ser jugador-enemigo-jugador ahora cada unidad tiene su iniciativa como en un juego de rol, haciendo que las acciones de cada bando no necesariamente vayan seguidas. La variedad de enemigos está muy bien, estando todos los de XCOM más o menos, más unos cuantos adicionales con nuevas mecánicas.

    Gráficamente, el juego está bien pero no se puede decir que sea puntero. Pero si tiene un muy buen diseño en general. El sonido tiene un buen nivel también, tanto en voces (al menos en ingles) como en musica y efectos. Y, al menos en mi experiencia, el juego casi no tiene bugs de importancia, solo algunas cosas como retrasos en animaciones y así que no son graves... aunque a veces el sistema de dar órdenes no sea todo lo preciso que debiera.

    El resultado de todo ello es que Chimera Squad sin duda es un muy buen juego, y una adición muy interesante para los fans de este género. Es un giro que cambia mucho de lo que damos por supuesto de XCOM y nos permite explorar otro tipo de tácticas, acciones y desarrollos, lo cual es muy interesante. Y está a un precio tirado desde salida (y además, cosa rarísima pero muy bienvenida, salio con un 50% de descuento!). Un 9.
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  3. Apr 28, 2020
    8
    If you take the game for what it is - a cut down streamlined version of XCOM at a great price then it is most enjoyable. I had a blast andIf you take the game for what it is - a cut down streamlined version of XCOM at a great price then it is most enjoyable. I had a blast and recommend it. Expand
  4. Jun 25, 2022
    5
    This is their 2nd time experimenting, within the newly rebooted series. But I rather just wait for the Xcom 3. Or just replay Xcom and Xcom2This is their 2nd time experimenting, within the newly rebooted series. But I rather just wait for the Xcom 3. Or just replay Xcom and Xcom2 with their associated expansions.

    It was worth trying and I guess they got to test out some new features, but never again will I play this.
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  5. Apr 26, 2020
    3
    Maybe it's only me but, all the X-Com, UFO games were for me about being a part of my own story. Customizing my character and all the team asMaybe it's only me but, all the X-Com, UFO games were for me about being a part of my own story. Customizing my character and all the team as my closest friends so I would care about each of them and want to keep them alive.
    When an alien or one of the main characters from Chimera fells down ... I just can't care less.

    That's just subjective opinion but lack of customization killed it for me.
    I hope they will release mod/addon whatever (even without this story mode which I don't care about) where I will be able to play missions as it used to be and make my own personalized team.
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  6. May 3, 2020
    2
    Another case where the developers were so busy trying to make sure they checked all of the political boxes, that they forgot to make anAnother case where the developers were so busy trying to make sure they checked all of the political boxes, that they forgot to make an interesting and engaging game.

    Game mechanics are a watered down version of XCom 2, and the repetitive breaching mechanic is tedious. I guess it's ok if you're just looking for a quick Xcom fix. Might just be better to save the 10 bucks and replay xcom 2.
    The voice acting and dialogue is amateur at best, and the cartoons look like they were drawn in MS Paint.
    and, of course, as everyone else has pointed out, the politics are so thinly veiled, it's like they're not even trying.

    Super disappointed, Firaxis. Played about an hour before I requested a refund from steam.
    The one thing I will give this is it did open up the interesting possibility of "hero" characters for the next proper xcom game(if there ever is another xcom, after this they likely will have lost a lot of faith)
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  7. Jun 1, 2022
    0
    The "dialogue" is mediocre and made by SJW, something I find bizzare on a war game.
    Its cringe and 9 year old level. The game is really
    The "dialogue" is mediocre and made by SJW, something I find bizzare on a war game.
    Its cringe and 9 year old level. The game is really unpolished, the graphics look worse than WotC,

    Not sure who had the briliant idea of making the priority the woke dialog instead of gameplay.

    Don't waste your money, wait for XCOM 3. Unless this SJW woke stuff continue...
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