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  • Summary: The year is 1983. The world teeters on the verge of destruction as the Cold War tightens its icy grip. East or West: trust no one, question everything. The fate of humanity rests in your hands as you pit spy versus spy in tactical Phantom Doctrine.

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Phantom Doctrine - Official Story Trailer | E3 2018
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. 90
    Phantom Doctrine did come out of nowhere to become a truly enjoyable and memorable experience. If you had have told me six months ago that it would be possible to take the pulp sci-fi, raw entertainment of XCOM and apply it to a Cold War espionage narrative, I wouldn’t have believed you. That’s exactly what has been delivered here, though, and I hope it has the chance to surprise plenty of other people.
  2. Aug 14, 2018
    80
    If you’re someone who lives a life of danger, if everyone you meet is a stranger or perhaps you find that with every move you make another chance you take, then Phantom Doctrine is ideal for you. For everyone else, this is a deep and compelling tactical strategy game that provides innovation in a stagnant genre. I’ll be playing it long after I’ve finished reviewing it, and I can think of no higher praise than that.
  3. Sep 3, 2018
    80
    A good strategy game that plays really well and offers plenty of challenge. You end up feeling like an actual spy while playing this game and that is a big compliment to the developers. Sadly though, there are a couple of difficulty spikes throughout which causes some frustration.
  4. 75
    Phantom Doctrine is a superb slice of Cold War espionage storytelling tied to a serviceable turn-based strategy. A harsh difficulty curve awaits, but there's reward to be found.
  5. 70
    Phantom Doctrine offers a different approach to the XCOM formula and is unique enough for genre fans to give it a chance. The missions do become repetitive and progress is slow but the ability to fully stealth levels is very welcome and rewarding.
  6. 70
    Phantom Doctrine is good tactical action game with a great spy culture motif.
  7. 60
    Between the engaging base management and tense espionage missions, Phantom Doctrine is genuinely excellent at times. However, the frustrating combat and often unhelpful tutorials slide this tactical-stealth release down a few pegs.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Sep 4, 2018
    9
    Due to negative user ratings i had to buy the game once more - this time on PS4. Honestly i don't get where did those negative ratings comeDue to negative user ratings i had to buy the game once more - this time on PS4. Honestly i don't get where did those negative ratings come from as everything from steering to interface works really well on consoles. Sure the game has it's own design choices and not everyone has to like them but still it's a solid piece of software.
    I love the fact this game is not X-COM clone, it's more subtle, has different pacing, focuses on different aspects of the genre. To add even more it's one of very few tactical turn-based games available on PS4! This should only boost it's score instead of lowering it.
    Sure the plot presentation is less than perfect and the learning curve is steep but if you're not looking for a game to play in 15 minutes sessions but rather for something to occupy you for long Autumn evenings this is the game for you.
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  2. Aug 21, 2018
    6
    The Phantom Doctrine is a great addition with a fresh new take on turn based games. But unfortunately due to it's nearly unplayable buggyThe Phantom Doctrine is a great addition with a fresh new take on turn based games. But unfortunately due to it's nearly unplayable buggy mechanics 'upon release'. Issues ultimately plague this games otherwise captivating gameplay & play style. Issues such as, enemies being able to shoot through walls, & or, across the entire map, despite clear structural obstacles, rendering a hostile combative approach virtually useless. Then there's the 'enemy activity' wait mechanic, that tends to often freeze or glitch during it's process. One that persisted regardless of my reloading & restarting of a specific level. Add to that lesser issues like enlongated load times, overly complicated control schemes, & a story that takes a very distant 3rd row backseat to it's gameplay. And at best you have decent game that the developers should have taken their time with. Hence the reasoning for my score. Expand
  3. Sep 10, 2018
    6
    I love the premise and atmosphere of this game. Even the game play at your base of operations where you send your agents to different localesI love the premise and atmosphere of this game. Even the game play at your base of operations where you send your agents to different locales and what not is entertaining. The actual game play during missions is just cheap and frustrating. Expand
  4. Sep 8, 2018
    0
    Buggy, glitched mess. After certain point in the campaign, game simply refuses to save, ruining my 10+ hours of play. First time i've everBuggy, glitched mess. After certain point in the campaign, game simply refuses to save, ruining my 10+ hours of play. First time i've ever experienced something like this in my PS4. Support desk couldn't solve a damned thing.
    Pc owners received their 4th patch and nothing for ps4 users.
    Developers are so busy with pandering to the "hardcore" crowd and removing and nerfing (read: ruining) the game mechanics for the "OMG, we are sooo hardcore make this game even harder!!!!!!!!oneone" people, i guess they cannot spare time to fix technical problems. Why else would they ruin a perfectly good perk instead of, y'now, fixing bugs and such?
    Don't give any money to these people. They don't deserve a dime.
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