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Phantom Doctrine

Phantom Doctrine review

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5 days ago

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Phantom Doctrine review

Everything I'd read about Phantom Doctrine excited me. Unravelling Cold War conspiracies in a spy-flavoured XCOM was an enthralling elevator pitch, and the details seemed to back up that promise. Yes, you can brainwash enemy agents and yes, your enemy can do the same. Yes, there's an emphasis on stealth and deception, employed on both a strategic management layer and through tactical turn-based missions that…

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2 weeks ago

Phantom Doctrine trailer exposes the big conspiracy of how it works

After cutting their teeth on turn-based tactical action with 2015's demonic cowboy 'em up Hard West, CreativeForge Games will fight through Cold War conspiracies in Phantom Doctrine, as a new trailer lays out. We've explained Phantom Doctrine in previews but, if a picture is worth a thousand words (and I've no reason to doubt the idiom), these three minutes of 60fps video are worth almost…

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1 month ago

XCOM-ish spy game Phantom Doctrine due in August

I don't know if it's cheerier or far more grim for an XCOM-ish turn-based tactical game to be set against the very real backdrop of the planet-ashing Cold War rather than a humanity-mulching alien invasion, but I look forward to finding out in Phantom Doctrine. Developers CreativeForge Games, who you might remember from their 'XCOM/Jagged Alliance but demonic cowboys' game Hard West, today announced plans…

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2 months ago

Phantom Doctrine E3 vid shows tactical espionage action

One of those there 'E3 trailers' introduces the XCOM-ish tactical action and Cold War setting of Phantom Doctrine, the espionage 'em up which pleased our dearly-departed Adam (RPS In Peace) when he played a preview version last year. Take turn-based tactical infiltration, wrap it in a big conspiracy unravelled with the help of that ol' trusty corkboard covered cards, pins, and string, and developers CreativeForge…

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8 months ago

Feature: (Under)cover-based

Phantom Doctrine is much more than a Cold War XCOM

Phantom Doctrine is a game of 'ifs' and 'buts'. I would have completed my mission without being spotted if one of my agents hadn't been compromised but the fact that she turned on me and I managed to neutralise her at least means the enemy has played their hand and she can't do any further damage. Now, even though our cover is blown, if we…

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12 months ago

Feature: Make your own Manchurian Candidate

XCOM-like tactical espionage thriller Phantom Doctrine was my Gamescom highlight

At first glance, Phantom Doctrine [Steam page] looks an awful lot like a Cold War flavoured XCOM. That's quite an exciting prospect and the closer I looked, the more exciting it became. There are agents instead of aliens, and some novel infiltration and reconnaissance systems, but everything from the UI to the cover system is immediately familiar. The tactical missions are hiding unexpected twists though,…

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