XCOM: Chimera Squad
Top Critic Average
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.
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.