Phantom Doctrine

Rating Summary

Based on 56 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

73

Top Critic Average

46%

Critics Recommend

Based on 56 critic reviews
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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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Mike Epstein

Top Critic

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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Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

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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ZTGD

Top Critic

6 / 10.0
Sep 4, 2018

There's some unique aspects that I hope are observed by other developers but there are better strategy titles out there like Invisible Inc. that do the core basics better.

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64 / 100
Aug 17, 2018

Yet the gameplay and plot never lived up to its potential, and my expectations slowly lowered themselves into a shallow grave as the gameplay, initially full of potential, let me down through repetitive gameplay and a cliché plot.

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