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The Bureau: XCOM Declassified - Xbox 360

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Platform: Xbox 360
  • Uncover the Mystery- Fight through the streets of 1960?s America as you uncover the declassified truth behind mankind?s first enemy invasion.
  • Be the Field Leader - As William Carter, a highly intelligent special agent, call the shots and pull the trigger. Formulate the plan of action, execute well-timed ambushes and flank your attackers to obliterate the threat.
  • Tactical Combat - Use your strategy to your advantage: enter Battle Focus to slow down time and execute your next move, commanding your squad with a variety of tactical actions to turn the tide in your favor.
  • No Second Chances - Pay the price for mistakes - permadeath will make you value your squad mates more than ever, and make losing one of them all the more painful.
  • Strategic Reflexes - Turn an enemy misstep into your strategic advantage. Give tactical commands on the fly to outsmart the enemy and make split-second decisions to save the lives of your squad.
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Platform: Xbox 360
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  • ASIN: B002I0HAZS
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches ; 3.2 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: August 20, 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,745 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

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Platform: Xbox 360

As Special Agent Carter, call the shots and pull the trigger.
Uncover the declassified truth of mankind's first Outsider invasion.
Fight through the streets of 1960's America.
The Bureau: XCOM Declassified

The year is 1962. JFK is President and the Cold War has the nation gripped by fear – but a far more powerful and insidious enemy than communism is threatening America. Known only to a select few, a top-secret government unit only known as The Bureau begins investigating and concealing a series of mysterious attacks by an otherworldly enemy. As special agent William Carter, call the shots, pull the trigger and lead your squad in a gripping third-person tactical shooter set within a high-stakes, covert war to protect humanity. The Bureau's mission is clear – survive, adapt and overcome the enemy threat to protect the citizens from the truth.

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The Bureau: XCOM Declassified is a Third-Person Shooter from the developers of BioShock 2. The year is 1962. The Cold War has the nation gripped by fear – but a far more powerful enemy than communism is threatening America. The Bureau, a top-secret government unit, begins investigating and concealing a series of mysterious attacks. As special agent William Carter, call the shots, pull the trigger and lead your squad in a gripping third-person tactical shooter set within a high-stakes, covert war to protect humanity. Features include: an immersive 1960s America, tactical squad based combat, brutal consequences and a government cover up that proves we are not alone in the universe.

Pre-order Bonus: Contact Codebreakers

In this bonus campaign mission, The Bureau has lost contact with a communications facility responsible for intercepting and interpreting the enemy’s transmissions. Special Agent Carter and his squad must make contact with any remaining personnel and investigate the incident.

Key Game Features
  • Fight through the streets of 1960's America as you uncover the declassified truth behind mankind's first Outsider invasion.
  • As William Carter, a highly intelligent special agent, call the shots and pull the trigger. Formulate the plan of action, execute well-timed ambushes and flank your attackers to obliterate the threat.
  • Use your strategy to your advantage: enter Battle Focus to slow down time and execute your next move, commanding your squad with a variety of tactical actions to turn the tide in your favor.
  • Pay the price for mistakes - permadeath will make you value your squad mates more than ever, and make losing one of them all the more painful.
  • Turn an enemy misstep into your strategic advantage. Give tactical commands on the fly to outsmart the enemy and make split-second decisions to save the lives of your squad.
  • Train each of your squad mates into unique specializations, allowing for a dynamic combination of skills to compliment your play style.

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44 of 51 people found the following review helpful
Platform for Display:Xbox 360|Verified Purchase
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
After reading some of the press reviews for this game, I was afraid I made a mistake in pre-ordering it. But as is sometimes the case, the "professional" gaming press is often very jaded and sometimes dead wrong. That is exactly the case here.

This game feels like a combination of Spec Ops: The Line, Fallout 3, and Mass Effect 3 rolled into one. It's a single player focused squad based shooter like Spec Ops, with the tactical "pause the action" chops of Fallout 3, and the issue squad orders system, dialogue options, and and sci-fi feel of ME3.

Graphically it looks like a Normal Rockwell painting in motion and it definitely stays true to its 60s setting.

If you liked Bioshock 2, the look and atmosphere of this game is very similar, and you can tell the same 2K Marin team worked on it.

Pros:
Good voice acting, cutscenes, and set pieces
Interesting and intense story
Feels like a neat blend of realtime action and turn based tactics in the third person, switchable instantly
Feels like a 2K Marin game (i.e. Bioshock 2)
Fun gameplay
RPG features like dialogue trees and leveling

Cons:
Some animations are a little jerky
Slowdown when the games saves
Game probably could have used an extra month of polishing
Some jarring, but fitting, alien sound effects

If I had to give it a grade, I'd give it an 8/10 or so. But I'm adding the extra star for exceeding my expectations and to help balance some of the ridiculous 5/10 press reviews. We need more games like this, not less.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A surprisingly great game August 26, 2013
Platform for Display:Xbox 360|Verified Purchase
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I didn't know what to expect from The Bureau: XCOM Declassified. 2K had changed directions on its development and it didn't sound like it would still offer strategy or management. What they delivered is actually excellent, although it's probably not for everyone when you consider the poor reviews it's been getting from most reviewers.

First of all, this is a sci-game that does take place in the XCOM universe. You will notice many references to X-COM: Enemy Unknown, especially when dealing with some of the enemies and their technology. It's also a cover based shooter, taking inspiration from such games as Mass Effect.

The Bureau has management and role playing aspects that are accessed through the base the character you control, Agent Carter, is stationed at. As you talk to people and perform tasks for them, or send your agents on missions of their own, you get to oversee at least some of what goes on as you fight the aliens.

Like many similar games, each agent has a class, a sub-class, and an associated skill tree. Agents level up and you select or upgrade their skills. You also find and unlock new items such as new backpacks and weapons and the base lab also works on developing new weaponry.

The base is interesting and provides a fair amount of content just in side-quests and conversations, but the combat is really what sets The Bureau apart from other games. You directly control only Agent Carter on the field, and that is straightforward enough. It's not the best shooting in the world but it's pretty solid.

You always take two agents with you into battle.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Should have waited... September 26, 2013
Platform for Display:Xbox 360|Verified Purchase
I have always loved the X-com games so I of course pre-ordered this. When I began playing I had no complaints , it was an interesting take on X-com and the atmosphere and squad mechanics were pretty cool at first. The problem was as it went on the bugs I missed became more glaring as the game went on. The biggest were sometimes your squad members will move out of the cover you placed them in, or when they just won't shoot at their target even though you're given a percentage to hit. Still you can make it through missions without having to fire your weapon once (even on the harder difficulties) so these aren't game breaking. The story and dialogue are ok though they go off the rails about 3/4 of the way through the game.

My roommate walked in while I was playing and started calling it Mass of Gears-com. This is a pretty good description, though the game is less polished than either of those series (or any of the other X-com games). If you're a fan of the series or mediocre third person squad shooters definitely pick it up, though wait till the price drops below thirty bucks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good 1960's atmosphere December 3, 2013
Platform for Display:Xbox 360|Verified Purchase
This is a pretty decent game as long as you realize it is a shooter and not the classic xcom strategy. The 1960's atmosphere is very well done. My main complaint was the characters weren't really developed, and the alien invasion seemed massive, but the general public supposedly does not know about it. The Xcom people kept saying they had to keep it from the public so there would not be mass panic. It made the story not very beleivable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Platform for Display:Xbox 360
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
XCOM is a beloved franchise as we all know, so messing with the formula that fans have come to expect will rile them up. Announced prior to the Enemy Unknown reboot, the original vision for XCOM, now The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, was an atmospheric first-person shooter in the vein of Bioshock from people who worked on the original Bioshock that had since moved to 2K Marin to work on its sequel. But as soon as details came out and 2K released a trailer, fanboys automatically jumped on the game like raving lunatics. Fast forward a few years later, the game's obviously going through an identity crisis because of the backlash and they're having a hard time developing the game which leads to many delays. Rumors of XCOM's cancellation are all over video game blogs and fanboys are cheering, but that wasn't the end of this different take on the series, it was only the beginning of a new journey that 2K Marin were on to marry the action gameplay of the original XCOM vision with the strategic gameplay of the older games. Finally XCOM is revealed again as The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, a radically different game than they had originally set out to make.

So what's The Bureau? Essentially it's an action/RPG set in the XCOM universe. Which, in my opinion, is awesome. I, for one, love this style of game, so I was really happy with the end product. You have your "Major Operations," the main missions, you have your "Minor Operations," the side quests, and you have the XCOM base which serves as your hub environment where you converse with characters, collect audio and text logs, etc. As for gameplay, it's very action oriented, however you have a wheel that allows you to use more strategy in combat. In addition, there's a lot of upgrades and leveling up to dig into.

Combining a fun sci-fi story, strategic and action heavy gameplay, incredible atmosphere that 2K Marine was known for, etc., The Bureau is an easy recommendation for fans of action/RPGs.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The Bureau got boring
Aliens. I wanted a game like mafia or car thief auto or splitter cell. Something cool. Instead I got this and it came with aliens and a super weak story. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Juan Castro
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
kinda boring
Published 2 months ago by Joe
3.0 out of 5 stars Not XCOM, But It's OK
First of all, the biggest flaw with this game is not that it is using the XCOM name and producing a non-strategic shooter. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Zalmorion the Fantastic
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME
its in great condition when it came in and its what I wanted. I love the product, and nobody recommended it
Published 6 months ago by Nickolas S. Sine
2.0 out of 5 stars Meh.
Looks great. Isnt' all that. Bought it for my wife. She said she wanted it. She played it for about 2 hours -- then quit. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Paul R. Wade
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift
It came super early and i was able to give it to my brother. It wasnt for me so i cant really review the game itself.
Published 7 months ago by Laura Jennings
2.0 out of 5 stars The Bureau should cover this one up.
This game is basically a poor man's Mass Effect. It's lost all of the old strategy that is used in the X-com games.
Published 7 months ago by crazyevilbob
2.0 out of 5 stars The Bureau: XCOM Declassified - the game that fanboys ruined for...
I remember when this game was still in development there was a big article in the Official XBOX Magazine, at the time it was simply titled XCOM - a first person shooter and it... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Rick
4.0 out of 5 stars not the best but sure isnt the worst
Waited for this game for a long time. Slightly disappointed in the play but it doesn't take away from the game and content. Great story line that is actually entertaining. Read more
Published 10 months ago by David
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good
At first I thought it would be kinda like The Godfather or some sort of police game.... But it is about alien invasion. It more follows the tune of Halo. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Tyler53616
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