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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: 55 out of 73
  2. Negative: 1 out of 73
  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. May 26, 2020
    80
    While it definitely has its flaws, XCOM: Chimera Squad’s problems are outweighed by the positives. The breach mode brings the player right into the action, and a timeline is available during battle. These new features make the battle system of XCOM: Chimera Squad feel like a distillation of what makes the gameplay of the series so great. Skills and dialogue both do a great job in showing the unique personalities of your squad members, and choosing from these members and weapons to create your team is a lot of fun. The publisher promised a new story and play experience, and Chimera Squad delivers.
  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: 43 out of 114
  2. Negative: 56 out of 114
  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 26, 2020
    9
    I have never written a review before, but I simply do not understand the many low marks given to this game by others, as I found the game toI have never written a review before, but I simply do not understand the many low marks given to this game by others, as I found the game to be quite enjoyable. Personally, I enjoyed the focus on story and characters, while maintaining the familiar tactics gameplay found in XCOM. I also enjoyed the banter and voice acting. For the price of the game you really do get an excellent product. As a huge fan of the XCOM series it was a pleasure to play this game and go back into the expanded lore and tactical gameplay (I am very curious to see what they will come up with in the next XCOM with the context introduced in this game). While customization is rather limited (it is not even close to XCOM WotC) the gameplay itself is quite similar to those who have played that game. All in all, for the price, this game was a treat and I highly recommend it. If you like tactics with a good dose of story and interesting (though pretty straightforward) characters, then this game is for you. Expand
  3. Apr 24, 2020
    8
    Very enjoyable spinoff.
    Definitely not as complex and complete as other xcom entries. But worth it as a low priced game.
  4. May 11, 2020
    5
    Pros.:
    - all characters are unique with unique abilities;
    - the system of the breach is quite good at the very beginning (something new); -
    Pros.:
    - all characters are unique with unique abilities;
    - the system of the breach is quite good at the very beginning (something new);
    - the concept "if you lose a character, you're done".

    Cons.:
    - it quickly becomes boring;
    - the storyline is simple and predictable;
    - too long to do all the training and research;
    - breach becomes ridiculous closer to the end;
    - useless drones.

    I don't understand. When you play the old original X-Com, you try to kill everyone with precision. You may hurt your own squad member. You like the world because you do the research, read about each species, ships, research the new ships and missiles.

    Why couldn't they include more research, real investigations, interrogations here with the proper characteristics and buffs from the characters? Why couldn't they include reinforcement during critical missions? This game seems very underdeveloped.
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  5. Apr 29, 2020
    3
    “Heroes never die!” I mean seriously, is this a really tactic about war and battle scenes or some childish girl daydreaming story? But even“Heroes never die!” I mean seriously, is this a really tactic about war and battle scenes or some childish girl daydreaming story? But even it’s story is boring as hell. Characters remind dull dolls with nearly no personality and backstory, and you can’t even find anyone to personalise yourself with. I have no idea who is this game made for, but I can tell that official reviewers had been paid or threatened to write their extremely positive opinion Expand
  6. May 8, 2020
    2
    Firaxis - who has allowed xcom to be pushed in this stupid direction?! You are one of the only studios that make serious tactical games, whyFiraxis - who has allowed xcom to be pushed in this stupid direction?! You are one of the only studios that make serious tactical games, why the hell would your long time customer base (played xcom before firaxis 20 odd years and counting) want to see your excellent game model deteriorated to bring in teenagers? What the hell? Do not do this again. XCOM 2 / WoTC was a masterpiece. Get back to what you are excellent at, let the kids play fortnite. Expand
  7. May 25, 2020
    0
    Bugged mess with outdated graphics, dumb dialog, and I think it's word XCom.

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