posted by racoonsurvivor (HIGH RIDGE, MO) Aug 20, 2013
Member since May 2011
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This has a very different feel from the original enemy unknown, that is not a bad thing. This game plays like a cross of mass effect 3 and xcom. This is a nice change of pace, you always feel like you are in control. this is a nice change for the fan of xcom that never was able to play hardcore mode. comparing this to enemy unknown is not a fair assessment, it is like comparing halo wars to halo, it is a different kind of game all together, this game is worth a rent for anyone that likes shooters and action games with a tactical side.
If Mass Effect is AAA, then The Bureau can be considered a B-game copy. Game is okay, but your AI companions are completely worthless. Played the game on the highest difficulty, and only got to the first part of the game where you can choose the minor missions. A lot of people complained about Sheva from RE5, and if you hated her, you will more than likely hate your squad mates even more in this game. Most of the time I positioned them as far as I could off the battlefield.
Other than that the game is your basic Mass Effect clone. Dialogue trees, Squad commands via a wheel, and I swear Lift is a straight rip from Mass Effect itself. The story (as far as I got) is your basic "we were invaded... why?" story line. Then you just shoot everything in sight... run to the next area... do it again... and then boss fight. Return to base, dialogue, upgrade if you have too... and swap out squad mates if you have to as well.
If you're a fan of XCom, rent. If you're in to third person shooters, rent. Other than that... PASS.
Let's get one thing straight, this is not an XCOM game. There is no research, no base building, no strategy, nothing that made the XCOM games great. This is just bland Mass Effect-ish clone that falls short in every aspect. The story is the same old sci-fi alien invasion plot you've seen a million times. The characters were either bland or jerks I didn't care about. At its best the gameplay is merely boiler plate average...at worst it is controller throwing terrible. Combat is only challenging because your allies are worthless and constantly getting themselves killed and various bad game design. Most of the game is like a duller more shallow Mass Effect, with a hub area where you choose the next mission, dialog wheel system, etc. The game is buggy too with enemy attacks passing through walls and characters floating for a split second while climbing over cover. Honestly i can't recommend this even as a rental, there are just too many games that are more worth your time. If you want XCOM and strategy play Enemy Unknown, if you want third person squad shooter play Mass Effect. Don't bother playing this. Really.