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XCOM meets Overwatch in this bizarre 4v4 strategy game

Atlas Reactor

Atlas Reactor is a hard game to write about. It’s a multiplayer, character-based, strategy game where turns are planned on a timer and unfold simultaneously. Think football, but with bonkers science fiction archetypes and grid-based XCOM-ish abilities. Confused? We figured, so Tom and I played some of the latest alpha together in order to wrap our minds around this special beast, and good news: it’s much easier to watch than read about. It’s also pretty cool. The alpha sent our minds reeling over competitive teamplay possibilities, but we’re a little concerned over how easy the game will be for new players to single queue in and enjoy. It’s a super exciting genre hybrid facing a slew of unique problems. Trion has their work cut out for them, but what we’ve seen so far is pretty encouraging.

James is PC Gamer’s bad boy, staying up late to cover Fortnite while cooking up radical ideas for the weekly livestream. He can still kickflip and swears a lot. You’ll find him somewhere in the west growing mushrooms and playing Dark Souls.