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The Bureau:XCOM Declassified

by Take 2 Interactive
 Ages 16 and Over
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Platform: Xbox 360
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  • Uncover the truth behind mankind's first enemy invasion
  • Unique game in 1960's America
  • Be the Field Leader as William Carter, Call the shots, Pull the trigger
  • Formulate the plan of Action in Tactical Combat as you command your squad
  • No second chances- pay for your mistakes with Permadeath
  • Strategic Reflexes - split second decisions can save the lives of your squad
  • Customise your squad with unique skill trees.

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  • Platform:   Xbox 360
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 16 and Over Suitable for 16 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 16. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 16 years of age or over.
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Platform: Xbox 360
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  • Release Date: 23 Aug 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,845 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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Platform: Xbox 360

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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 called 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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Key Game Features

  • 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 favour
  • 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
  • Customization that counts: Train each of your squad mates into unique specializations, allowing for a dynamic combination of skills to compliment your play style

Code Breakers Overview

A top secret government communications facility responsible for intercepting and decoding the enemy's transmissions has gone radio-silent. In a desperate attempt to turn the tides of the secret war, Special Agent Carter and his squad must investigate the incident, eliminate any threats and make contact with personnel in order to bring the facility back online and make sense of the mysterious code.

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
By Chief.
Platform for Display:Xbox 360|Verified Purchase
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
'The Bureau: XCOM declassified' is a tactical shooter somewhat in the style of Mass Effect that takes place in the U.S in 1962, a period filled with fear and paranoia, when the Cold War was getting hot, the space race was just beginning and the Communists were expected to attack at any moment - but when the attack did come it was not from where it was expected...

In the game you play William Carter, a hard faced agent with more than a little bit of Clint Eastwood attitude about him. As Carter you will lead its field missions against the alien menace.

At the beginning of the game you only have access to the technology of the time - things such as the Colt 1911 pistol, the M-14 rifle, shotgun, sniper rifles and fragmentation grenades.

You will collect better and more effective weaponry and technology as you complete missions, however unlike previous XCOM games, whilst your base has a research lab you will not research new technology yourself; Instead you will find new examples of alien tech and blueprints for new devices which will then become availible.

Whilst new weapons will be more powerful than previous ones, when it comes to mission time there really isnt much of a difference from one weapon to another - your laser rifle might fire red shots but it really doesnt sound or feel any more meaty than the basic M-14, a scatter laser is stronger than your shotgun but it sounds just like your shotgun, and the blaster-launcher (The most awesome of weapons in the original XCOM!) is just an unimpressive looking and sounding rocket launcher.

Missions are conducted from a third-person perspective. In every mission you take control of Agent Carter and can equip him as you see fit from the equipment availible to you at that time.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting take on the XCOM series 18 Sep 2013
Platform for Display:Xbox 360|Verified Purchase
A lot of people have panned The Bureau because of the change made in development from being a first-person shooter to being a third-person tactical shooter (similar to Mass Effect in more than one way). I am not sure that it was such a bad thing.

The Bureau has you playing as William Carter, an agent with a troubled history who is recruited to join the new secret task force that was being set up to combat a Soviet invasion, but now finds itself dealing with alien forces. You lead a squad of three through the various missions the game has to offer while also interacting with agents in the XCOM base and also dispatching other squad members to complete missions away from the fold while you handle the main ones.

The concept is pretty good, on the whole. A few details do let the game down. Most of the time in the base is spent running from point a to point b, and the investigations there often do not feel like they are worth the time you spent running around. However, there is a lot of backstory and watercooler chat going on if you pay attention. The dialogue system also has a problem in that if you choose to (or accidentally) skip a line, you might not have got all of the content even with subtitles on, leaving you wondering why something unusual has just happened. The checkpoint system is also unforgivable. You can fight for a good fifteen minutes to finally have a Muton dropped on you who takes your squad apart, and the last checkpoint was before the fifteen minute fight.

That said, there is a lot in the game's favour. The squad combat feels a little rushed, but is immersive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great tactical shooter 21 Mar 2014
Platform for Display:Xbox 360
If you like tactical shooters and sci-fi you should consider this game.

This is a 15+ hour game. My first playthrough took 17 hours. You have main missions as well as optional side missions.

The progression is mostly linear however towards the end you get to make choices that affects the ending. There are multiple endings.

The combat mechanics are based on what you had in the first Mass Effect game: you use a wheel to order your team around.

The Bureau is a tactical game where success depends on how well you manage your squad.
The gameplay is linear but not less so than other shooters like Max Payne 3, Binary Domain, Resident Evil 5 and so on.

You don't do any sort of facility management like you did in Enemy Unknown. This game is all about the combat.

Keep in mind that The Bureau is not an RTS.
It is irrational to compare the gameplay against Enemy Unknown since they don't even belong in the same gaming category.
It is like comparing Far Cry 3 to Forza 4...it makes no sense.
Instead the Bureau lies in the same category as Ghost Recon and Brothers in Arms Hell's Highway.

There's a wide variety of settings in the game. It is not the same map over and over.
Visually the settings were well designed and often looked quite spectacular. I was genuinely surprised by this.

True, what you do in each map is the same; you do combat. However that is true of every other shooter out there !!!
The whole point of a shooter IS the combat, that is what you buy them for.

Most importantly the combat never got boring for me.
Partly because the game is very challenging and demands tactical thinking, and partly because the abilities you get to use are great fun.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Depends if you like the game or not. Service was good
Good delivery - s*** game
Published 8 days ago by Marco
4.0 out of 5 stars X come here you...
a very enjoyable game in the mould of Mass effect 2 and 3. this is a tactical 3rd person shooter, not a run n gun type of game. Read more
Published 1 month ago by kinjoking
4.0 out of 5 stars Not XCOM, but still great 3rd Person Shooter.
First I need to say that this game has been massively misrepresented as an XCOM game. It’s set in the XCOM universe but that’s the end of it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Steven Davison
3.0 out of 5 stars mass effectCOM.....
Ok game but the fighting looks as tho it was just ripped from Mass Effect with xcom aliens instead of geth...... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Penthief
5.0 out of 5 stars a good departure from its roots.
first it was billed in the vain of bioshock (story fps) then changed to a tactical third person shooter.

think of this game as mass effect lite. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Andew Hicks
5.0 out of 5 stars A present
This was bought as a present for someone else therefor I cannot comment on its quality,it appears to have been satisfactory
Published 5 months ago by Love to read
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
While I loved the first mission, it's all downhill from there. The gameplay goes stale long before the end and the plot is awful. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Noel Tobin
1.0 out of 5 stars Too little, too late...
2K have taken up the XCOM franchise after years of debacle with what has been a convoluted and contended, yet critically simplistic story line. So, what's the big deal? Read more
Published 7 months ago by GreyWalker Zero
2.0 out of 5 stars An Unexpected Dissapointment
When this game was announced, I had high hopes. After playing XCOM Enemy Unknown I fell in love with XCOM and I am looking forward to Enemy Within. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Paul F
3.0 out of 5 stars the bureau
i thought it was ok but a bit repetitive in a lot of ways also no online game play so in my eyes ok game but not great
Published 9 months ago by darren meredith
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