Phantom Doctrine

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Mike Epstein

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7.4 / 10.0
Aug 14, 2018

The campaign itself can feel drawn out at times thanks to a less-than-stellar story and some obviously recycled content, but there's a real thrill in executing covert missions and putting all the pieces together like a master spy.

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62 / 100
Aug 14, 2018

A promising setting and clever systems are let down by simple enemies, simpler characters, and strange balancing.

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Metro GameCentral

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7 / 10
Aug 15, 2018

An inspired XCOM clone, whose spy movie atmosphere inspires an emphasis on stealth rather than action – which is a good job given the somewhat flawed combat.

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8 / 10.0
Aug 17, 2018

Phantom Doctrine demands the patience and calculation of a cold-blooded assassin, but the methodical style of play is rewarding

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9 / 10
Aug 14, 2018

Phantom Doctrine blends several complex mechanics and a well-realized Cold War setting into one brilliantly engaging experience.

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8 / 10
Aug 14, 2018

If you're someone who lives a life of danger, if everyone you meet is a stranger or perhaps you find that with every move you make another chance you take, then Phantom Doctrine is ideal for you. For everyone else, this is a deep and compelling tactical strategy game that provides innovation in a stagnant genre. I'll be playing it long after I've finished reviewing it, and I can think of no higher praise than that.

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7.5 / 10.0
Aug 14, 2018

I enjoyed the idling moments between missions when I felt like the director of a secret team of spies almost as much as I enjoyed directing the spies on the ground, and the overall experience is one I'd recommend to any fan of turn-based tactics or cold war skullduggery.

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Aug 15, 2018

This tactical espionage game gives little chance to hone your skills, leaving you dependent on luck

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7.5 / 10.0
Aug 14, 2018

Phantom Doctrine is a superb slice of Cold War espionage storytelling tied to a serviceable turn-based strategy. A harsh difficulty curve awaits, but there's reward to be found.

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9.2 / 10.0
Aug 14, 2018

Phantom Doctrine from CreativeForge uses the collective Cold War imagery to build one of the absolute benchmarks for modern turn based tactical games, excellent in almost every aspect.

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