Percentile Rank

Phoenix Point is ranked in the 56th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 34 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

74

Top Critic Average

48%

Critics Recommend

Based on 34 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Eurogamer
No Recommendation / Blank
No Recommendation / Blank
Dec 3, 2019

Phoenix Point carries Gollop's legacy forward capably, if conservatively.

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ACG
Wait for Sale
ACG

Top Critic

Wait for Sale
Dec 3, 2019
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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Dec 3, 2019

There’s slow-burn greatness in Phoenix Point. It’s a game where you might be exploring a site, bracing for ambush, but instead find an abandoned theme park dedicated to a novelty boy band of hedge fund managers called the Lucrative Lads.

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Scored Reviews

God is a Geek
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Dec 3, 2019

Die hard fans of XCOM will likely fall in love with Phoenix Point, a hard-as-nails challenge that offers procedurally-generated replayability and a suite of tactics to help you thrive on and off the battlefield.

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TrustedReviews
Dec 3, 2019

Phoenix point is a little rough around the edges, but if you manage to look past its bugs you'll be treated to one of the most nuanced and entertaining turn-based strategy games to arrive in quite some time.

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Chalgyr's Game Room
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Dec 17, 2019

Phoenix Point for me was just a blast. Literally and figuratively if you ask my enemies. Amazingly designed for one of the best damned Squad Based Turn Based Tactics that I’ve played in a long time, I fully recommend it to anyone that’s had their eye on it. Going back… two years to a sponsored Facebook post? It’s been worth the wait and even with its very late entry into the year, is hitting my 2019 Games of the Year list. Thank you Snapshot Games!

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GameSpace
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 10, 2019

Phoenix Point is an entertaining experience for all of those who interested in the tactical-strategy genre. It mostly uses the same elements that we'd seen in the XCOM series, but thanks to several new features, the gameplay distinguishes itself from XCOM. However, you have to get along with some disappointing technical issues.

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Shacknews
8 / 10
8 / 10
Dec 19, 2019

Phoenix Point expands upon the XCOM formula brilliantly, offering a fantastic campaign that leaves you twisting and turning.

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PCGamesN
8 / 10
8 / 10
Dec 3, 2019

Phoenix Point may not meet the legacy of its celebrated forebear X-Com, but then few games ever will. Elegant, atmospheric, and energetic, Gollop's latest remains remarkably hard to put down. Will Freeman

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Twinfinite
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Dec 5, 2019

Even though it doesn’t reinvent the wheel, at the end of the day, strategy fans – and certainly XCOM fans – will enjoy the improvements that Phoenix Point makes, especially if this is just the beginning.

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
Dec 18, 2019

Phoenix Point takes a good shot at revitalizing the XCOM formula.

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COGconnected
80 / 100
80 / 100
Dec 9, 2019

If you are familiar with the genre, you know what to expect with Phoenix Point. Little flourishes, like letting you manually aim your shots, inject some new life into a fairly predictable genre.

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GameSpew
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 3, 2019

Phoenix Point’s blend of combat, research management and global exploration is thoroughly compelling, even if the factions can be a little trying. Whether you’ve got fond memories of Julian Gollop’s original game or not, he and his team have taken old school strategy and dragged it kicking, screaming and gurgling into the modern day.

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Gamersky
7.9 / 10.0
Gamersky
心灵奇兵

Top Critic

7.9 / 10.0
Dec 4, 2019

The gameplay of Phoenix Point is similar to the X-COM series but introduces tons of dazzling innovation. It's hard to get started but once you master all the strategies you will become a die-hard fan. The biggest problem, for now, is that the game suffers a lot of annoying bugs.

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PC Gamer
77 / 100
77 / 100
Dec 3, 2019

In terms of core design, turn-based tactics games don't get much better than Phoenix Point.

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IGN Italy
7.7 / 10.0
IGN Italy

Top Critic

7.7 / 10.0
Dec 9, 2019

Surely an interesting game, Phoenix Point nevertheless suffers from some opaque mechanics and too much micromanagement. Julian Gollop is proposing a valid spin on the X-COM formula, but Firaxis' War of the Chosen remains a bridge too far.

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Fextralife
8 / 10
Fextralife
Fexelea

Top Critic

8 / 10
Dec 5, 2019

Phoenix Point does not revolutionize turn-based strategy gameplay, but X-COM fans will feel right at home. If you're been itching for some more X-COM, with a little bit of Civilization mixed in then Phoenix Point is right up your alley. 39.99 USD is about right for this game, and is enough to justify the price tag.

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Wccftech
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Dec 8, 2019

In the long run, this is a great game and one that is well worth spending your time with.

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TechRaptor
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Dec 4, 2019

Phoenix Point will appeal to you if you're a big fan of the new XCOM games but wish they had more complexity. If you're turned off by punishing strategy and a hands-off approach, Phoenix Point is not for you.

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Gamers Heroes
75 / 100
75 / 100
Dec 7, 2019

Phoenix Point is a collection of fantastic new ideas installed on the solid foundations of the X-COM franchise. While it lacks the content to offer the replay value of the more recent X-COM games, it's still a great game that will test your strategic mettle to its very limits.

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Cultured Vultures
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Dec 3, 2019

Phoenix Point successfully introduces a slew of new features and mechanics that sufficiently evolve the XCOM-inspired genre of strategy games, though is brought down by some buggy, wonky, and unbalanced implementation of some mechanics.

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IGN
7 / 10.0
Dan Stapleton

Top Critic

7 / 10.0
Dec 12, 2019

Phoenix Point's more complex take on the classic X-COM formula has some great ideas, but most of them feel experimental and in need of fine-tuning and balance.

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PC Invasion
7 / 10
7 / 10
Dec 4, 2019

Phoenix Point has some amazing gameplay ideas and even fun fluff, but it needs to work on quality of life and balance.

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Hardcore Gamer
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Dec 26, 2019

Whether you're jumping directly from XCOM, or jumping in completely oblivious to what the genre entails, there's a lot to like in Phoenix Point's pleasant assortment of boots-on-the-ground tactics and overhead, commandeering strategy.

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Niche Gamer
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jan 15, 2020

I give it a tenuous recommendation to fans of XCOM

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GameSkinny
Dec 6, 2019

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Phoenix Point just wrote a love letter to XCOM, for better and for worse.

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SECTOR.sk
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jan 9, 2020

Good but not perfect try of Julian Gollop restore X-com vision. With some battle improvements and unbalanced gameplay.

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Metro GameCentral
7 / 10
7 / 10
Dec 5, 2019

The creator of XCOM returns with some interesting new ideas, but without the budget or time to refine them Phoenix Point struggles to offer a viable alternative to its more established rival.

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NoobFeed
70 / 100
70 / 100
Dec 9, 2019

Phoenix Point’s great aspects do eventually shine through, as long as you’re willing to weather some fairly harsh storms and deal with lackluster onboarding and presentation.

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USgamer
Dec 3, 2019

Phoenix Point fits firmly on the foundation of modern XCOM, but rethinks combat with an action point system and the ability to free aim. While the latter seems like a gimmick, it's actually a wonderful tactical option that pushes the strategy forward. It's a shame then that a reliance on procedural generation leads to a lack of variety, weapon balance isn't great, and the technical execution is rough. Phoenix Point is a great starting point for something amazing, but it's not quite there yet.

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VG247
Dec 3, 2019

Like XCOM, then, Phoenix Point is a gripping tactical strategy game.

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Guardian
Dec 13, 2019

The granular gameplay in this post-apocalyptic strategy game becomes an administrative headache, and the story is presented with all the drama of an engineering textbook

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The Games Machine
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Dec 30, 2019

Despite a bunch of interesting ideas, Phoenix Point rarely offers a viable alternative to the many other games of the same genre. Greatly unbalanced, unpolished and poorly optimized, the game by the creator of the X-Com series is but a shadow of Gollop's past.

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CGMagazine
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Dec 19, 2019

Phoenix Point has some interesting ideas that are brought down by a bad UI, poor difficulty balancing, and a distinct absence of polish.

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