Excerpt: The Bureau: XCOM Declassified is the final outcome of a game trapped in developer hell for several years, having gone through a few different studios and even a genre change. It has finally been released as a third-person tactical shooter set in a rebooted XCOM universe taking place along an...
Excerpt: Trying to capitalize on a successful franchise is risky. Change too much, and the fans revolt. Don't change enough, and it's a cash-in. Creating a spin-off that shares the same brand but little else? That's a minefield.
Pros: Fantastic style and a great story with genuine surprises.
Cons: Brutal starting difficulty. The endgame has too many mobs.
Summary: With a fairly meagre eight-hour campaign, a ludicrous storyline and no multiplayer, " The Bureau: XCOM Declassified " is not exactly what I’d hoped for. It’s not brilliant value, doesn’t really fill you in on the universe or plot of the X:Com games, and generally left me somewhat unsatisfied.
Flying Saucers, Aliens, and Mediocrity | The Bureau: XCOM Declassified Review
New Gamer Nation
6 September 2013
Excerpt: The Bureau: XCOM Declassified seems to be somewhat of an experiment. On one hand, this game is quite a bit different than other more traditional XCOM games since it is now a third person action / real time strategy hybrid.
Excerpt: The intention to assemble an XCOM action game was announced as far back as 2006 with an FPS game, simply called XCOM, set within the universe of the acclaimed strategy series. It was revealed to the world and met with ire by fans that didn’t want XCOM to be a part of a genre that is typically a far...
Review: The Bureau: XCOM Declassified (Microsoft Xbox 360)
4 September 2013
Excerpt: When it was announced that 2K Games had acquired the XCOM franchise and was planning to release what amounted to a tactical first person shooter before anything else, to say that fans were livid is probably something of an understatement.
Excerpt: When it was initially announced as XCOM in 2010, The Bureau raised the ire of long time fans of the strategy series for daring to deviate from its tried and true formula and instead focusing, in its earliest forms at least, on researching and uncovering evidence of alien existence against a 1950’s...
Summary: The Bureau: XCOM Declassified is not the first-person shooter we were promised three years ago. Instead we get a passable third-person shooter with ambitions to be Mass Effect. Unfortunately neither the gameplay nor the story deliver, leaving us with a messy game with a groan-inducing twist.