The Bureau: XCOM Declassified

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Description

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The year is 1962. JFK is President and the Cold War has the nation gripped by fear – but a far more powerful and insidious enemy than communism is threatening America. Known only to a select few, a top-secret government unit called The Bureau begins investigating and concealing a series of mysterious attacks by an otherworldly enemy. As special agent William Carter, call the shots, pull the trigger and lead your squad in a gripping third-person tactical shooter set within a high-stakes, covert war to defend humanity. The Bureau’s mission is clear – survive, adapt and overcome the enemy threat to protect the citizens from the truth. 


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Customer reviews

90

Long long time ago...

nightninja | June 5, 2015 | See all nightninja's reviews »

If you're looking at this game, chances are you are aware of Xcom Enemy Unknown, or even the older Xcom games. Xcom Declassified is set as before any of that even happened (It's 1962, where Grease is the word). Xcom declassified is a Third-person Shooter with some squad mechanics. You (as Agent William Carter) is out to find out what exactly are the Aliens doing on this baby blue-green planet called Earth. As a team of 3 (you and 2 others), you'll set off to fight Aliens throughout USA, figuring out their motives while saving others from them. Starting off with basic Ballistic weapons (M1911 pistol and M14 rifle for you historic-weapons lovers), you'll gain new gear as you complete missions, from Laser weapons to a flippin' awesome lightning cannon. Gameplay-wise, it's squad-based fighting where you command your teammates to perform skills and flank your enemies.There are 4 classes to select from, but you only get to bring 2 along, so you have to learn what each class is great for, from taunting enemies to bringing friendly turrets to assist you. Combat-wise, outmaneuvering your enemies is important. You'll have to study the terrain to figure out where to send your squad to so as to get all the advantages you can. While the gameplay is linear (with some basic sidequests for mostly experience purposes), playing Declassified is really to enjoy the story of how Xcom started off. So if you wanted to know more about Xcom, this game's for you.

86

Solid TPS

Obsessor | May 9, 2015 | See all Obsessor's reviews »

Yep, that's one good, professionally crafted third person shooter here. Fans of XCOM series will probably enjoy it more than an average player. But that might not be the case, as "they" prefer turn based combat. Here you get very fast paced action, many weapons to use, lots of upgrades. You can give orders(takes a moment to understand the system and begin using it efficiently - here XCOM players will probably excel), use cover, flank, and blast aliens. Story is there, non-intrusive, doesn't bother you much. Graphics are enjoyable, music plays on the edge of hearing, and voices don't make your eyes bleed. All things considered - good game, worth playing no matter if you're a die hard XCOM fan, or a typical player longing for a third person shooter.

70

Not Exactly XCOM, But Still A Good Game

AsadAlrafidain | May 2, 2015 | See all AsadAlrafidain's reviews »

Throughout my progress playing this game, I wondered why it is so underrated, but then I understood. Truly, this is not an xcom game, and just carrying XCOM in it's title made it receive so much hate from the die-hard fans of the series. Yet if you look at this game without relating it to XCOM series, you'll find a decent and enjoyable game with rich tactical elements. Sure, it has drawbacks; bugs here and there, somewhat broken friendly AI and some unexpected (and maybe unnecessary) turns in the storyline (the last one could arguably be considered a bad thing), but it has many good things, especially the tactical element of the combat, and the fact that this game is hard even on the normal difficulty will force to think and study your actions, and it will keep you on your toes till the very end of the game. For me, after playing and completing this game, I consider it to be worth checking, especially if you don't have another triple A title at your hand.

85

Underrated Good Game

Azrael360 | Sept. 26, 2014 | See all Azrael360's reviews »

This was really a nice surprise. I usually don't like games with tactical options, but this game I really enjoyed. It's a third person shooter closer to Gears Of War mixed with Spec Ops: The Line and Inversion. The actions over your buddies are not hard to learn, and the action is excellent. Also the graphics, sound and control (I use a Xbox 360 controller). The game uses the Unreal Engine and you can notice sometimes, with its commonly texture pops up found in other games, but nothing game breaking. Still, everything is highly detailed, with great effects that will put your video card to the test, because everything looks really good and the action is fast. The game is set in the 50's, and everything looks that way and very well done. One thing I didn't like was that the game only autosaves, so if you did something and want to save, you can't, except to wait for a autosave to happen. In the base between missions usually happen after getting a new mission or customizing your team. But even with its small flaws, the game is highly entertaining. If you're interested in the X-Com series (as I was) and want to start from somewhere but also play third person shooters and not only strategy games, this is choronogically the first game in the series and explains the origins, so it's a good start.

85

Underrated Good Game

Azrael360 | Sept. 24, 2014 | See all Azrael360's reviews »

This was really a nice surprise. I usually don't like games with tactical options, but this game I really enjoyed. It's a third person shooter closer to Gears Of War mixed with Spec Ops: The Line and Inversion. The actions over your buddies are not hard to learn, and the action is excellent. Also the graphics, sound and control (I use a Xbox 360 controller). The game uses the Unreal Engine and you can notice sometimes, with its commonly texture pops up found in other games, but nothing game breaking. Still, everything is highly detailed, with great effects that will put your video card to the test, because everything looks really good and the action is fast. The game is set in the 50's, and everything looks that way and very well done. One thing I didn't like was that the game only autosaves, so if you did something and want to save, you can't, except to wait for a autosave to happen. In the base between missions usually happen after getting a new mission or customizing your team. But even with its small flaws, the game is highly entertaining. If you're interested in the X-Com series (as I was) and want to start from somewhere but also play third person shooters and not only strategy games, this is chronologically the first game in the series and explains the origins, so it's a good start.