Phoenix Point Reviews

Phoenix Point is ranked in the 52nd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
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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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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Eurogamer
Top Critic
No Recommendation / Blank
Dec 3, 2019

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

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Metro GameCentral
Top Critic
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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8 / 10
Dec 18, 2019

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

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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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6 / 10
Feb 19, 2020

Phoenix Point is a good try at capturing some of that XCOM magic, but it falls short of being great. I found myself enjoying the experience, but at the same time, couldn't help feel that something was missing. Hopefully it's something that can improve in a sequel, if it ever comes.

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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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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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Dec 3, 2019

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

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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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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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85 / 100
Dec 11, 2020

When the dust settles, a year has been extraordinarily helpful to Snapshot Games. The AI is sharper, the animations are better, the fight feels more fair, and the game takes risks that make it feel fresh. While there are still some bugs to iron out, and the UI can be confusing at times, there's a lot to enjoy in Phoenix Point: Year One Edition.

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Dec 7, 2019

I'll definitely be keeping an eye on this one as a tactics player, but for anyone interested in getting in now, I caution you to save often and take your time. It can be a joy to play at times, but it can also quickly become a real slog.

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Guardian
Top Critic
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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GameMAG
Top Critic
7 / 10
Feb 2, 2020

Phoenix Point is a great tactical game with interesting diplomatic features and a user-friendly interface, which suffers from the same type of missions closer to the final and incredible peaks of difficulty due to an artificial intelligence system that adapts to your battle tactics and in combination with randomly created stages turns some maps into impossible challenges. I hope that in the console release this brutal level of difficulty will still be fixed.

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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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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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Chris Wray
Top Critic
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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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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