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