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About the Game

Set in 1983 during the Cold War, Phantom Doctrine is a tactical historical thriller in which players lead The Cabal, a secret organization dedicated to fighting a global conspiracy committed to controlling the world by pitting world leaders and nations against one another.

Deception is the great equalizer as players will have to operate from the shadows to exploit every vulnerability – ruthlessly interrogate and brainwash enemies and allies alike to create double agents, saboteurs or unwitting collaborators.Throughout secret missions, classified files investigations and enemy agent interrogations, players peel off layer upon layer of a sinister plot and have to save the world from a somber future.

XCOM-like tactical espionage thriller Phantom Doctrine was my Gamescom highlight
Adam Smith – Rockpapershotgun

About the Developer

Features

  • . : A rich alternate history plot anchored by historical events and characters, bringing the chillingly relevant Cold War reality to life from a unique point of view
  • Next-generation turn-based combat: Unprecedented flexibility of movement and actions, variable overwatch modes and assault-oriented Breaching ability
  • Expanded battlefield: position assets around the world and call for assistance in the middle of battle.
  • Knowing is half the battle: scout mission locations ahead of time, infiltrate with undercover operatives and improve your odds.
  • Go loud or go home (stealthily): fully-fledged stealth gameplay with silenced weapons, silent takedowns and cutting- edge Cold War era security technology.
  • Run your own counterintelligence organization: recruit subjects of top secret government experiments, operatives of the world’s secret services.
  • Actively pursue the truth: research cases, locations and individuals in Investigations Board gameplay mechanics to uncover new missions, resources and technologies.
  • Employ technology ruthlessly to your advantage: learn from the enemy or research your own methods for brainwashing, interrogation, body engineering and chemical enhancement.
  • Replayable, modular campaign with an array of mechanics to ensure unique and markedly different play-throughs.
  • A highly replayable, story-driven campaign with meticulously designed and adaptable maps.
  • Two stories to choose from: a KGB counterintelligence operative or a CIA wet work commando.
  • No mission too big, no mission too small: enter a bustling government facility undercover to assassinate a target with surgical precision or mount a heavy frontal assault on an enemy staging base.
mature
  • Violence
  • Blood
  • Drug Reference
  • Strong Language
  • Use of Tobacco

Critical Response

There is a lot to admire, with a single-player campaign taking about 40 hours to complete, full of varied and interesting mainline missions and procedurally-generated side content.

Phantom Doctrine is a life-consuming espionage simulator, offering a deeply complex cluster of systems to explore. Its turn-based tactics gameplay is a feat of engineering that will offer players many hours of combat thrills and stealth schemes.

To say this is essential strategy gaming is an understatement.