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Phoenix Point is, without a doubt, one of the best strategy games to come out in the last few years.
Phoenix Point is a game fans of the genre should not miss. Sure, it has some flaws, but it’s a very solid first entry for a new IP, and we hope it continues to grow –the foundation is so good it could easily be one of the best strategy franchises.
Phoenix Point expands upon the XCOM formula brilliantly, offering a fantastic campaign that leaves you twisting and turning. Despite a bit of a slog through the middle section of the game, there’s a lot to love here, and Snapshot Games has every right to be proud of the work that they’ve put in to bring this wonderful end-of-the-year delight to life.
Strategically delicious, Phoenix Point’s biggest problem is lackluster technical execution.
The creator of XCOM returns with some interesting new ideas, but without the budget or time to refine them Phoenix Point struggles to offer a viable alternative to its more established rival.
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.