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  • Summary: Phantom Doctrine is a strategic turn-based espionage thriller set at the peak of the Cold War. Drawing on a wide variety of influences and capturing the subtle intrigue of classic spy films, the game thrust the player into a mysterious world of covert operations, counterintelligence,Phantom Doctrine is a strategic turn-based espionage thriller set at the peak of the Cold War. Drawing on a wide variety of influences and capturing the subtle intrigue of classic spy films, the game thrust the player into a mysterious world of covert operations, counterintelligence, conspiracy, and paranoia.

    As commander of a secret organization known as The Cabal, you are charged in order to prevent a global conspiracy that seeks to dispute the world leaders and incite conflict between nations. By carrying out secret missions, investigating classified files, and interrogating enemy agents, a sinister plot is uncovered. With the clock ticking, it must be thwarted in order to save the world from an unthinkable fate.
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Phantom Doctrine - Official Story Trailer | E3 2018
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. 80
    Whether it’s because I can play it untethered from the television or how it eschews the alien threat for a relatively more grounded espionage take on the genre, I found the break-up between on-the-ground missions and reconnaissance activities fresh if uneven, and the removal of dice rolls for hit rate removes obfuscation that for me made combat a much more rewarding endeavor. If you’re someone like me who liked Mario + Rabbids but wished there was more depth or don’t particularly love sci-fi themes, Phantom Doctrine is a worthy alternative.
  2. Aug 16, 2019
    75
    If it seems like I have more negative things to say about Phantom Doctrine, that’s mainly because it’s such an easy game to characterize. As I said, it’s basically Cold War X-COM, and it pulls that off relatively well. Not so well that it’ll make anyone forget X-COM, but if you need something similar, this game will do in a pinch.
  3. Jun 15, 2019
    60
    Phantom Doctrine certainly shares plenty of DNA with the much-adored XCOM series, but it lacks the polish that’s made the likes of XCOM 2 such an enduring example of how to do tactics right. When Phantom Doctrine really doubles down on the minutiae of its spycraft – including the solving conspiracies and the stealth-focused nature of its missions – its own personality shines through. It’s certainly scrappy here and there – especially when it comes to managing the meta of its spy network – but push past these imperfections and you’ll have plenty of licence for kills (and the occasional thrill).
  4. Aug 8, 2019
    60
    Phantom Doctrine is an extensive espionage strategy game, with a ton of features and gameplay elements to get stuck into, but its downgrades for the Switch port make the experience – while not unplayable – jarring and awkward at times. Unless you’re set on playing this one on the go, it’s likely better experienced with a mouse and keyboard.
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  1. Jun 8, 2019
    8
    Porté avec soin sur Switch, Phantom Doctrine est plus qu’un simple clone d’X-Com à la sauce James Bond. C’est avant tout un excellent jeuPorté avec soin sur Switch, Phantom Doctrine est plus qu’un simple clone d’X-Com à la sauce James Bond. C’est avant tout un excellent jeu d’espionnage dans un univers très particulier et vraiment très bien écrit. Que vous soyez intéressé ou pas par la période de la guerre froide, le scénario du jeu ne vous laissera pas indifférent. Malgré le début un peu convenu du jeu, l’histoire est Non-manichéenne et vous réservera de nombreuses surprises.

    Le Gameplay est divisé en plusieurs phases, aussi différentes que des longues séances de lecture et d’étude de documents dans votre Bureau ou d’infiltration-action à la sauce jeu de stratégie au tour par tour. Dans les deux cas le résultat est simple, plutôt déjà vu, mais réussi. Phantom Doctrine ne révolutionnera pas le genre mais son histoire et son univers particulier mérite clairement votre attention.
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  2. Nov 13, 2019
    6
    Phantom Doctrine had so much potential. I got about 8 hours in and did enjoy the time before I "figured out" the game.

    Game(s) like: XCom,
    Phantom Doctrine had so much potential. I got about 8 hours in and did enjoy the time before I "figured out" the game.

    Game(s) like: XCom, Hard West

    Pros:
    - The game looked and played great
    - Liked the idea of awareness and really the entire system was well done
    - The infiltration period was cool

    Cons:
    - Too many random missions (Beholder events). I wanted to stick to main story missions but the game dragged out.
    - The infiltration with disguises became way too easy after you figured it out
    - The non-tactical portion became very repetitive after the first chapter
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