Percentile Rank

XCOM: Chimera Squad is ranked in the 73rd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 68 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

79

Top Critic Average

71%

Critics Recommend

Based on 68 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

ACG
Buy
ACG

Top Critic

Buy
Apr 23, 2020
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Player2.net.au
A or higher
A or higher
Apr 24, 2020

If this is what the team at Firaxis can do with a quick spinoff title, I can’t wait to get my hands on the inevitable Xcom 3.

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Expansive
Loved
Expansive
Sally Willington
Loved
May 27, 2020

There’s a lot of content to unpack here, with a good 20-30 hours worth of missions to work your way through. And at a bargain price, it can also work as a great entry point for the franchise if you’ve always been curious. The smaller mission structure suits drop in and drop out play, it remains tactical but approachable, and best of all it still captures the best of XCOM while providing something fresh and different. XCOM Chimera Squad is the best surprise of 2020 in more ways than one.

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Doublejump
Recommended
Recommended
May 5, 2020

XCOM: Chimera Squad is an example of a spin-off done right. While it has its fair share of clunk, and shelves key aspects of the franchise, it succeeds in replacing them with interesting new tricks that one could see fitting into future installments well. There’s a lot of innovation here for the budget price, making it a refreshing jaunt for fans awaiting XCOM 3.

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Eurogamer
No Recommendation / Blank
No Recommendation / Blank
Apr 27, 2020

The classic formula gets an energising remix in this standalone charmer.

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Polygon
Unscored
Unscored
Apr 23, 2020

Despite its imperfections, fans of tactical strategy games should snatch XCOM: Chimera Squad up as soon as possible.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Apr 23, 2020

Overall, Chimera Squad is solid.

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Scored Reviews

Tech Advisor
Apr 28, 2020

XCOM Chimera Squad has come from nowhere to be one of the most compelling games of the year

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COGconnected
90 / 100
90 / 100
Apr 28, 2020

Chimera Squad is a great game in its own right, and it has me over the moon to imagine what a proper XCOM 3 is going to play like.

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Hardcore Gamer
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Apr 29, 2020

It's hard to knock a game like XCOM: Chimera Squad considering its price of admission at launch.

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Checkpoint Gaming
9 / 10
9 / 10
Apr 23, 2020

I’ll be thinking about my new squad of quirky techs, determined soldiers, and new alien friends for a long time after finishing XCOM: Chimera Squad, like waiting for the next issue of a great comic book.

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Screen Rant
Apr 27, 2020

Even with smaller stakes, XCOM's strategy shines through.

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MonsterVine
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
May 8, 2020

It’s XCOM but less intimidating and overwhelming.

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PC Invasion
9 / 10
PC Invasion

Top Critic

9 / 10
Apr 26, 2020

Featuring a wonderful cast of characters with their own unique perks and capabilities, as well as the extremely fun Breach Mode, XCOM: Chimera Squad is a brilliant spinoff that provides a refreshing take on a classic franchise's long-standing formula.

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Impulsegamer
4.4 / 5.0
4.4 / 5.0
Apr 25, 2020

Mixing elements of the old and new games in the series, this game also mixes the humans and the aliens to create a Chimera Squad to tackle the ongoing threat/s to Earth.

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GamingTrend
85 / 100
85 / 100
Apr 23, 2020

XCOM: Chimera Squad brings together a huge list of fresh new ways to play. Each change introduces a new layer of strategy, and the new turn system completely upends what you know about XCOM. This is a daring new take on this venerable series, and having just completed it, I can't wait to run it again.

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Gaming Nexus
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Apr 23, 2020

Chimera Squad gives XCOM something it needed a lot more of: direction. The stakes are lower, but the execution is smoother.

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Wccftech
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Apr 23, 2020

Chimera Squad experiments with smaller encounters, more unique characters, and a change in the combat order with remarkable success. Although still weighed down by the traditional issues of the series, Chimera Squad excels in what it set out to achieve and is an incredibly satisfying tactical game.

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Stevivor
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Apr 23, 2020

Fans of XCOM will love it if not for its look into the world post-XCOM 2, then for the new characters and abilities at your disposal.

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Digital Chumps
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 13, 2018

By maintaining most of previous XCOMs' roots, XCOM: Chimera Squad is a mostly successful entry that emphasizes brisk encounters and a guided narrative through tense battles of strategy.

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Worth Playing
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Apr 23, 2020

Overall, XCOM: Chimera Squad is a solid attempt at a stand-alone, quick-play XCOM 2 campaign. The trimmed-down mechanics make it a lot easier to go through the campaign relatively quickly instead of having to dedicate yourself to it.

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IGN Spain
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Apr 23, 2020

The care of XCOM: Chimera Squad is total despite being a much less ambitious work than XCOM 2 and the only thing that tarnishes its good intentions are a few errors and crashes that can easily be solved in the first days of the title's life.

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GamesRadar+
Apr 23, 2020

Firaxis lets its hair down for a fun, ragtag twist on XCOM's proven recipe of tactics and tension.

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Metro GameCentral
8 / 10
8 / 10
Apr 23, 2020

An attempt to simplify and streamline XCOM sounds like a disaster in the making but the original's tense turn-based combat is still highly entertaining even in this reduced form.

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Game Informer
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Apr 23, 2020

Chimera Squad's action remains incredibly rich, but the slightly repetitive combat mars the overall thrill

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
Apr 24, 2020

XCOM: Chimera Squad refines the series' core tactical strengths to show that sometimes less is more.

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TheSixthAxis
8 / 10
8 / 10
May 6, 2020

XCOM: Chimera Squad is a great game, all told. It's a cheap, fairly lengthy campaign that manages to be both familiar for fans of the series and offer something new and fresh to the XCOM universe.

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Shacknews
8 / 10
8 / 10
Apr 23, 2020

Whether you're picking it up at full-price, or grabbing it during the special launch sale, XCOM: Chimera Squad is a fantastic gem, and an excellent spin-off for one of gaming's most celebrated strategy franchises.

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VG247
Apr 23, 2020

XCOM: Chimera Squad is perhaps the best value proposition I’ve seen in video games for a long time.

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Guardian
Apr 23, 2020

In the terrifying aftermath of an invasion from space, a motley band of superheroes must keep the peace in City 31

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The Games Machine
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Apr 30, 2020

XCOM Chimera Squad is a brillant spin-off which introduces a huge list of fresh new ways to play. AI and difficulty level are not perfectly balanced, but fun is guaranteed.

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PCGamesN
8 / 10
8 / 10
Apr 23, 2020

Firaxis trades a global war for an urban mission to defend a multicultural, multi-planetary peace. There's a lot to like in this more intimate, experimental spin-off, but the main sequence games are still the ones to beat.Richard Scott-Jones

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DualShockers
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Apr 23, 2020

Neither a full-fledged sequel nor a cheap cash grab, XCOM: Chimera Squad is a solid spin-off with a smaller scale approach to the XCOM formula.

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Twinfinite
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Apr 29, 2020

XCOM: Chimera Squad is a worthwhile and rewarding experience that takes the essential elements of the series and puts them under a microscope. In doing so, Firaxis has put a fresh new spin on a genre they were already responsible for revolutionizing.

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Critical Hit
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 4, 2020

XCOM: Chimera Squad is a thoroughly enjoyable twist on the franchise, bringing some fresh ideas to the fore while still retaining the roots of the original game it draws from. There's certainly fun to be had here if you're able to overlook the occasional bug.

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GamingBolt
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Apr 29, 2020

Despite its setting, XCOM: Chimera Squad is very much a spin-off from the main series. Its RPG-like characterizations and new mechanics gel well, even if it lacks some of the more defining features of its predecessors. Well worth a look, especially for those seeking a faster-paced tactical experience.

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SECTOR.sk
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Apr 23, 2020

Law enforcement unit in XCOM universe chasing human and alien criminals and it is very good job.

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Pardis Game
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 25, 2020

As far as graphics and technical issues are concerned, XCOM: Chimera Squad is not an improvement over its predecessors, and even all the old bugs are still present in it. Instead, it is a title that prioritizes new mechanics and a simpler experience. If you are looking for an excuse to visit the world of XCOM again, or seek a simple entry point to the series, Chimera Squad can be a good choice

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Daily Star
Apr 28, 2020

XCOM: Chimera Squad is a polarizing spin on a familiar formula. Some fans will be delighted with the fresh ideas and quippy characters, while others will rue the lack of greater tactical depth and gravitas.

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Sirus Gaming
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 5, 2020

I recommend this game to anyone’s ever played an XCOM-like game. Veterans and newbies alike will find something they might like, despite the game needing more polish. Just watch that Anarchy meter. The late-game pressure sneaks on you rather quickly.

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WayTooManyGames
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 17, 2020

Chimera Squad feels like an experimental game in the XCOM franchise, and that is very welcome. Although not every change and addition worked in here, I still appreciate how bold they have been with this particular smaller title.

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Game Freaks 365
May 17, 2020

If you are a fan of the XCOM series, you will not go wrong here.

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Gamersky
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Apr 23, 2020

XCOM: Chimera Squad definitely worth trying but it won't prevail compared with its prequel. The breach mode and the interleaved turns system make the gameplay much faster and intenser. But the wonderful experience only lasts for a few hours because the breach mode is too repetitive.

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GBAtemp
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
May 3, 2020

XCOM: Chimera Squad is a great spinoff of Firaxis’ modern XCOM series, bringing with it enough changes to stand on its own. Unfortunately, the simplification of the formula may turn away series veterans and doesn’t give it the same lasting appeal as the other games in the series.

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God is a Geek
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Apr 23, 2020

More than anything, Firaxis appear to be testing the waters with XCOM: Chimera Squad, and as a field test it's mostly successful. However, it ditches far too much of what makes XCOM so fantastic in the first place.

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Press Start
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Apr 23, 2020

There are parts of XCOM: Chimera Squad that will definitely disappoint long-time fans of the franchise. As a spin-off that departs in some significant ways from the true, mainline experience, XCOM: Chimera Squad is an excellent entry-level strategy game that’ll still provide a decent challenge to those looking to dip their toes in.

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GRYOnline.pl
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Apr 23, 2020

Regardless of the difficulty level, Chimera Squad doesn't let your soldiers die. Too bad, because the game could hugely benefit from this single change. Despite that, this new, mini-XCOM is worth the time. It won’t be as thrilling as XCOM 2, but it's still a bargain.

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Destructoid
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Apr 23, 2020

While not all of the wild departures fire on all cylinders, XCOM: Chimera Squad's open-ended difficulty settings allow everyone to bend the strong combat groundwork to their will. Chimera Squad embraces the strange, and is predominately better for it.

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Spaziogames
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Apr 23, 2020

XCOM: Chimera Squad is a well made spin-off, with some innovation and a new setting.

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BaziCenter
8 / 10
8 / 10
May 10, 2020

Despite some changes, XCOM Chimera Squad cannot be considered a true sequel to the series, and gameplay improvements are not enough to prevent it from becoming repetitive.

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Oyungezer Online
7.5 / 10.0
Oyungezer Online
Noyan Akatlı

Top Critic

7.5 / 10.0
May 7, 2020

If you missed XCOM series, you'll enjoy this simple and beautiful side story.

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AusGamers
7.5 / 10.0
AusGamers

Top Critic

7.5 / 10.0
Apr 23, 2020

Some of these surprises come in the form of setting, narrative tone, and a more simplified pre-battle management system.

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PC Gamer
72 / 100
72 / 100
Apr 23, 2020

A fine superhero SWAT team tactics game smothered by a little too much admin.

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IGN
7 / 10.0
Tom Marks

Top Critic

7 / 10.0
Apr 23, 2020

XCOM: Chimera Squad plays with some interesting new ideas, but doesn't bring them together into a particularly graceful whole.

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USgamer
Apr 23, 2020

XCOM: Chimera Squad retains much of what makes XCOM such a special tactics series, in the process adding in some genuine improvements to its already excellent formula. But these improvements are undermined by some strange art choices, as well as a general reluctance to maximize some of its bolder changes. All in all, an interesting experiment, but one that still has a ways to go before reaching its full potential.

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IGN Italy
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Apr 23, 2020

Chimera Squad is a kind of XCOM-in-a-box: lighter, simpler, cheaper, and less interesting. Good if you are looking for some quick tactical fun, especially at this price point, but inferior to War of the Chosen in almost every way.

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Windows Central
Apr 29, 2020

XCOM: Chimera Squad is worth taking a look at given its low price, but veterans may not be happy with some of the many, many changes Firaxis is playing with.

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TrustedReviews
Apr 28, 2020

XCOM: Chimera Squad does enough to keep fans of franchise entertained while they wait for XCOM 3, but niggling bugs and unforgiving time management elements will put off newbies to the genre.

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Gameblog
7 / 10
7 / 10
Apr 30, 2020

XCOM: Chimera Squad is a good surprise with some interesting good news mechanics.However, it gives the impression of a quick release for stand up Gears Tactics.

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Gamers Heroes
70 / 100
70 / 100
Apr 25, 2020

XCOM: Chimera Squad is a brave adventure into new territory. Featuring a more interesting narrative design, some much-needed changes to combat, and a cast of interesting characters, all of these things would lead to a brilliant game if it weren't for the myriad of bugs, crashes, and usual XCOM tiring randomness. It's an absolute must-buy for fans of the genre, especially at its current price, but a bit more time in development wouldn't have hurt.

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SomHráč.sk
70%
70%
May 4, 2020

XCOM: Chimera Squad is an interesting spin-off, but it suffers from plenty of technical issues and excessive gameplay simplification.

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Wolf's Gaming Blog
May 2, 2020

For such a meagre price XCOM: Chimera Squad packs somewhere in the realm of 20-hours of content into its slim frame. It almost feels unfair to compare it so frequently to XCOM 2 since it’s a small-scale spin-off. But Chimera Squad manages to find its own identity while still retaining the general feel of XCOM, even if the pre-defined characters and lack of perma-death might put veterans of the franchise off entirely. And that’s fair because making up your own squad and forming tales of their heroics and their demises has been core to XCOM since it returned from the dead in 2013. But if you can look past that there’s a lot to like in XCOM: Chimera Squad, and if you’re a lover of turn-based tactics games then this is well worth playing, though it has some incredibly tough competition in Gears Tactics at the moment.

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MSPoweruser
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Apr 27, 2020

Is XCOM: Chimera Squad as good or as deep as XCOM 2? Not by a long shot. But I do appreciate Firaxis willing to try new things in the lead up to whatever comes next.

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PowerUp!
6.9 / 10.0
6.9 / 10.0
Apr 27, 2020

XCOM: Chimera Squad is a strange, stripped back version of XCOM that does away with the suspenseful and thrilling moments of missions to focus on action, for better or worse.

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TechRaptor
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
May 5, 2020

Riddled with many different types of bugs, XCOM: Chimera Squad is a hard sell. If you enjoy the setting and want another strategy title to play, this might be it, but you'll probably want to wait.

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Rocket Chainsaw
May 17, 2020

Unfortunately, the experience is severely hampered by constant technical issues that leave me with the belief that it was rushed out to release

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GameWatcher
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Apr 29, 2020

A lore-breaking spinoff that removes most of what makes the new XCOM special and replaces it with short bouts of repetitive tactical combat and bad writing.

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VGChartz
5 / 10
5 / 10
May 10, 2020

You’ll probably extract some enjoyment out of Chimera Squad, although you’re likely to find just as many problems to complain about along the way as I have.

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