The Bureau: XCOM Declassified

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Genre(s): Strategy, Shooter
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UK Publisher: 2K Games
US Publisher: 2K Games
Developer: 2K Marin
Age Rating: ESRB |

XCOM Declassified has been in development for many years, and assumed many different guises during that time. Once it was a straightforward shooter with few links to the X-Com of old. Then Firaxis' awesome Enemy Unknown came out and the game has been reworked again. It's always been set in the '50s and '60s, and it's always been about the origins story of the XCOM project, but now there's a firm tactical spine to the cover-to-cover combat that makes it a much more appealing prospect for series fans. It's being developed by 2K Marin, who were responsible for the oft-overlooked but excellent Bioshock 2. It also has most excellent hats.

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The Bureau: XCOM Declassified feels confused and half-finished, a hollow but beautiful slog through XCOM’s early years.

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