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The Bureau: XCOM Declassified

9 months ago

The Bureau: XCOM Declassified is free right now

XCOM's 2013 squad-based shooter spin-off The Bureau: XCOM Declassified is available free for the next day-and-a-bit from the Humble Store. Our Alec will tell you it's one of those enjoyable-enough 7/10 perfectly average action games, which makes it not bad as a freebie. Me, my interests are slightly more morbid: I want to see the game which changed form wildly as its development dragged on…

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2 years ago

Feature: 21 Of The Best 7/10 Games

In Celebration Of Perfectly Average Action Games

We don’t do scores on RPS, but sometimes we mourn for the inability to deploy a 7/10. The ur-score, the most double-edged of critical swords, the good but not great, the better than it deserves to be, the guilty pleasure, the bungled aspiration, the knows exactly what it is, the straight down the line. One score that can mean so much. There is one particular…

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5 years ago

Sources: Bureau XCOM, BioShock 2 Dev ‘Essentially’ Closed

Oh boy. It is officially another One Of Those Days. The diabolical layoff stampede beast of certain doom has struck again, this time allegedly laying waste to the whole of The Bureau: XCOM Declassified and BioShock 2 developer 2K Marin. For now, 2K is only officially saying that there have been "staff reductions" at the oft-beleaguered studio, but sources close to the situation told RPS…

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Drool: Eldritch Is Thief Meets Lovecraft Meets Roguelike

Eldritch just got announced by former BioShock 2/Borderlands developers David and Kyle Pittman, but it's already rocketed to the top of my list of Exciting Doodads That I Will (Lovingly) Obliterate With My Excitement Lasers. The headline does not lie. The roguelike-like counts games like Thief and Dishonored among its closest inspirations, bringing them together in a clammy, tentacle-slathered Lovecraftian embrace. In short, you can fight,…

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Feature: Little Green (Mad) Men

The Bureau – XCOM Declassified review

It’d be a relief to spend a few days of gaming in the company of dapper sixties agents rather than gruff space marines. Sadly, the heroes of The Bureau, dress code aside, are space marines. They shoot monsters, then roll between carefully placed cover and magically summon turrets. There are tactics to be found, but are they in sufficient quantity to make the rest of…

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Some: The Bureau: XCOM Declassified Footage

Earlier in the week Cara reported in on her time with The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, and gave it Jeff Goldblum. Now though you can supplement these frivolous editorialisations with your own eyes-on experience, because the special news investigators of VG247 have posted footage of the same sequence that Cara played, and you can see that below.

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Feature: Jeff Goldglum

Hands On: The Bureau XCOM Declassified

There is a button you can press in The Bureau: XCOM Declassified where it slows everything down like in the tennis replays when you want to see how close the ball was to being 'out' but then it wasn't. Instead of being Andy Murray though, you are Fedora Fedorasson and there is a film grain on everything and aliens are running around on the court.…

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The Bureau: XCOM Declassified’s Story Declassified

Maybe I'm in the minority here, but I actually think the original concept for what eventually went on to become The Bureau: XCOM Declassified would've made for a pretty cool game... if it wasn't called XCOM. 1960s X-Files? A story that lures players into its irresistible green glow with both unrelenting mystery and the social/political tensions of the time? I would've played that. Don't get…

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The Bureau: XCOM Declassified Declassified

I just read Adam's thoughts on the previous footage of The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, and I can see why he was grumpy. His video was from earlier on in the game, whereas Revision3's runthrough is from bit later on, but his points stand: the moment-to-moment shooting doesn't seem nearly as interesting as the command system that tosses the rest of the squad into battle, and…

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Truthiness: The Bureau – XCOM Declassified

Two things to note in regards to this latest The Bureau: XCOM Declassified video. Actually, make that three things because it's worth mentioning that the name becomes worse every time I have to type it. It's not the worst use of a colon this side of an alien probing session, but it is a tad cumbersome. I'm also increasingly wary of the stop-start nature of…

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Censory Perception: The Bureau – XCOM Declassified

I love XCOM, X-COM and pretty much any variant thereof. Heck, I'd probably buy X-MOC, a spoof version in which the invading aliens are broad parodies of Z-list celebrities, provided the combat was turn-based and the deaths were permanent. The idea of an alien invasion in a period setting that permits excessive use of fedoras and chain-smoking agents is also pleasing to my aesthetic sensibilities,…

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Brogue Agents: The Bureau: XCOM Declassified Footage

I'm really sorry about this. I'm about to ruin XCOM for you. Are you ready? To the tune of Sex Bomb, by Tom Jones: XCOM, XCOM, you're my XCOM And baby you can turn me on There, now you can all share in the pain. I've had that in my head for the past half-hour, after watching VG247's sneakily snuck video of The Bureau: XCOM…

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The Truth Is In Here: The Bureau – XCOM Declassified

It's alive! The name change from XCOM: Mad Men Edition to The Bureau had been anticipated for some time, but we weren't entirely clear as to whether the former first-person reboot would retain any trappings of its original title. Moments ago, a video and press release revealed that 2K Marin, they of Bioshock 2, are indeed working on the game and that it will be…

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