XCOM: Chimera Squad
Top Critic Average
The classic formula gets an energising remix in this standalone charmer.
XCOM: Chimera Squad plays with some interesting new ideas, but doesn't bring them together into a particularly graceful whole.
A fine superhero SWAT team tactics game smothered by a little too much admin.
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.
Firaxis lets its hair down for a fun, ragtag twist on XCOM's proven recipe of tactics and tension.
Chimera Squad's action remains incredibly rich, but the slightly repetitive combat mars the overall thrill
XCOM: Chimera Squad refines the series' core tactical strengths to show that sometimes less is more.
Despite its imperfections, fans of tactical strategy games should snatch XCOM: Chimera Squad up as soon as possible.
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.
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.