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November 7th, 2021, 04:59
Phoenix Point has been reviewed by GideonsGaming.

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Phoenix Point: Year One Edition is the definitive version of the acclaimed strategy game from the creator of X-COM, collecting all previously released DLC, updates, and additional content.

The Earth has been overrun. A mutating, alien menace threatens the last remnants of mankind. Only the Phoenix Project, a secret organization of the best minds and bravest soldiers left on earth, can repel the aliens and reverse the inevitable. It's up to you to lead the Phoenix Project: research and develop new technologies, explore a ravaged globe, build your bases, manage resources, and dominate the battlefield.

But you won't be alone. Factions, including the corporatist New Jericho, the indecisive Synedrion, and the fanatical Disciples of Anu, as well as offshoot subfactions, have their own values and view of the Pandorans. You can choose to work with factions via Phoenix Point's diplomacy system, or you can simply crush all around you with military might. No matter what you choose, it won't be an easy victory.

Year One Edition Features:

  • Tons of Content: The Year One edition of Phoenix Point includes all previously released content: 3 DLC Packs (Blood & Titanium DLC, Legacy of the Ancients DLC, and the Living Weapons Pack) and a slew of updates, upgrades, fixes, and new content suggested by our community.
  • Mutating Alien Menace: Face down an ever-changing alien threat that adapts to your tactics and offers no respite even as your team becomes more powerful and technologically advanced.
  • Uncover the Secrets of the Pandoravirus: Engage with a complex narrative, complete with multiple endings that the player can only uncover via several playthroughs. Explore, research, and discover a secret history, as you learn about the origins of the mutants, the Pandoravirus, and Phoenix Point itself.
  • Manage Diplomatic Relations: The Phoenix Project is not the only organization trying to reclaim the Earth. The militaristic New Jericho, the mystical Disciples of Anu, and the technophiles of Synedrion all offer unique rewards for co-operation and threats for opposition. It is up to you to decide how, or even if, to deal with them.
  • Take Aim on the Battlefield: In addition to equipping and commanding units, Phoenix Point lets you take direct control of your soldier's shots in combat, with a unique free-aiming system. Target enemy weakspots, weapons, or valuables, or just go for center mass.
  • Next-Gen Tech with Classic Pedigree: Phoenix Point was designed by Julian Gollop, the creator of the X-COM series in the 1990s. Integrating the core ethos of X-COM while updating the visuals, technology, and systems to modern standards has made Phoenix Point best-in-class.
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November 7th, 2021, 17:39
Considering how much I've played the new XCOMs, I've only spent a couple hours here so far. I intended to wait for most, if not all, of the DLCs before I really rolled up my sleeves and dove in. Seems like it's almost there…
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Yeah, I've been waiting for this to be fully-baked. I'll have to pick it up, as I got a huge amount of entertainment out of his early games, as a kid - right back to Rebelstar and Lasersquad.
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I prefer PP by far over XCom just due to the main combat mechanics. But waiting for all DLCs to be released is definitely a good idea, as you need to start over to have them active in your game.
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Is this the final DLC?

I played it for a few hours on release and had quite a bit of fun, but didn't want to play an incomplete game.
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Originally Posted by Pladio View Post
Is this the final DLC?

I played it for a few hours on release and had quite a bit of fun, but didn't want to play an incomplete game.
There is one more coming in Early 2022:
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I'm constantly playing X-Piratez with my own item-screen and music mod. That game is super amazing. This Phoenix Point video? Err.. hard pass..
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According to this review, you should play it through a few times, adding more DLC as you go. Otherwise, the learning curve gets too steep.
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According to this review, you should play it through a few times, adding more DLC as you go. Otherwise, the learning curve gets too steep.
I would disagree though. Depending on your playstyle ofc. If you are ok that half of your people die each mission, then sure, you are digging your own grave.
But you can restart missions and even save within combat if you really wanted to.

I am only playing with the Year One Edition without the latest 2 Add Ons, but the DLCs which are in are already expanding the game quite a bit. I am playing on highst difficulty, and its still my first run, I am at 157h.
So I would say that: You will not have any issue with difficulty curve.
You will have issue with finding motivation to play again if you need 100h+ for one run.
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