2022 – The Pandoravirus Unleashed. An unusual virus discovered in melting permafrost excites the scientific community. It has a massive genome, and only 1% of its genes match anything in existing databases.
“What the hell is going on with the other genes?” asks researcher Jean-Michel Moreau. “This opens a Pandora’s box. What kinds of discoveries are going to come from studying the contents?” The seas transform in something totally alien.
Then the mutagens began to invade the land via an airborne microbial mist.
Phoenix Point is, without a doubt, one of the best strategy games to come out in the last few years.
Almost identical to XCOM 2 in visuals and gameplay, although not as polished. Hit zones provide more tactical depth, though.
Julian Gollop knows what he’s doing, and his experience lends tremendous breadth to this crowdfunded indie game. It keeps your mind busy as you try to achieve your goals in the most efficient way possible. I’ll go one step further: it’s what XCOM 2 should have been.
Strategically delicious, Phoenix Point’s biggest problem is lackluster technical execution.
Phoenix Point remains a solid and pleasant title, but it is more similar to a "craft" job than to an interesting reinterpretation of the games it is inspired by.
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.
With the pedigree and ideas going into this, Phoenix Point should have been much, much better than it is. The cool ideas are overshadowed by ever-present bugs, glitches, and hiccups that constantly get in the way of the player. Even excusing these, the ideas and presentation come off as incredibly bland very soon into the adventure. Little customization, little options, and little reason to care about your soldiers or base, round out reasons this is in need of massive updates and overhauls if it is to be saved.