XCOM®: Chimera Squad

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Experience the latest installment in the XCOM universe with an all-new story and turn-based tactical combat experience with your XCOM: Chimera Squad Steam PC key.
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About XCOM®: Chimera Squad

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Experience the latest installment in the XCOM universe with an all-new story and turn-based tactical combat experience with your XCOM: Chimera Squad Steam PC key.

After years of alien rule, humanity won the war for Earth. But when the Overlords fled the planet, they left their former soldiers behind. Now, five years after the events of XCOM 2, humans and aliens are working together to forge a civilization of co-operation and coexistence.

Welcome to City 31, a model of peace in a post-invasion world. However, not all of Earth's inhabitants support interspecies alliance. Chimera Squad, an elite force of human and alien agents, must work together to destroy the underground threats driving the city toward chaos.

The future of City 31 depends on you.

UNIQUE HUMAN & ALIEN AGENTS
Each of the 11 agents have their own distinct personality and tactical abilities, including species-specific attacks like the Viper’s tongue pull.

Each of them is equipped with special tactical abilities and driven by a different motivation for joining Chimera Squad. Deploy targeted team members to investigate and combat the dangers that pervade the districts of City 31.

Lead Chimera Squad through a new experience that innovates on XCOM's turn-based legacy, utilizing strategy, teamwork, and new breach-and-clear gameplay to complete your mission objectives. Execute devastating combos by teaming the right agents and utilizing cooperative actions. The difference between mission success and failure can depend wholly on team composition.

RE-ENVISIONED TACTICAL COMBAT
Missions are structured as a series of discrete, explosive encounters, keeping the action intense and unpredictable. Shape the battlefield to your advantage with a new combat phase called 'Breach' that injects your squad right into action.

Strategically assign your agents to different entry points and coordinate their assault with a range of Breach-specific skills.

INTERLEAVED TURNS
An automatic initiative system slots individual agents and enemies into an alternating turn order, creating new strategic possibilities based on what unit is queued to act next—and what unit is at the greatest risk when they do.

SUSPENSEFUL STRATEGY
Outside of combat, manage the operations of a high-tech HQ, where you must prioritize competing tasks, investigations, and agent assignments in the face of a ticking clock: the constantly rising unrest in the city’s various districts, driving City 31 closer and closer to total anarchy.

YOUR OFFICIAL XCOM: CHIMERA SQUAD STEAM PC KEY GIVES YOU:

  • Latest installment in the popular turn-based strategy XCOM universe.
  • Alien and Human agents with unique personality and tactical abilities.
  • Interleaved turns and suspenseful strategy for both inside and outside of the battlefield.

Game Details

Release Date:
April 24, 2020
Developer:
Firaxis Games
Publisher:
2K Games
Rating:
ESRB rating of 13
PEGI rating of 16
Supported Languages:
English +
Franchise:
XCOM
Genre:
Strategy
Themes:
Tactical
Aliens

Sci-fi

Futuristic
Play Styles:
Turn-Based
Singleplayer

Turn-Based Tactics

Turn-Based Combat
Features:
Steam Achievements
Steam Workshop

Product Requirements

Steam account is required for game activation and installation 

PC System Requirements
MINIMUM:
Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
OS: Windows 7, 64-bit
Processor: 2.4 GHz Quad Core
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: 1GB AMD Radeon HD 7770, NVIDIA GeForce 650 or better
DirectX: Version 11
Storage: 18 GB available space
Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
Additional Notes: Microsoft Visual C++ 2012 and 2015 Runtime Libraries, and Microsoft DirectX.

RECOMMENDED:
Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
OS: Windows 7 64bit / Windows 8.1 64bit / Windows 10 64bit
Processor: 3GHz Quad Core
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: 2GB AMD Radeon HD R9 290, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 or better
DirectX: Version 11
Storage: 18 GB available space
Sound Card: DirectX Compatible

Critic Reviews

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Destructoid

75 / 100
"While not all of the wild departures fire on all cylinders, XCOM: Chimera Squad's open-ended difficulty settings allow everyone to bend the strong combat groundwork to their...

DualShockers

80 / 100
"Neither a full-fledged sequel nor a cheap cash grab, XCOM: Chimera Squad is a solid spin-off with a smaller scale approach to the XCOM formula."

GamesRadar+

80 / 100
"Firaxis lets its hair down for a fun but flawed twist on XCOM's proven recipe of tactics and tension."
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Relax & enjoy! 63.04%  of players consider this game to be Just Right

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XCOM®: Chimera Squad User Reviews

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User Rating

Average score from 29 ratings
77% of users would recommend this.
4.2

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Recommended

HyrumBeck
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Top notch game highly recommend.
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Overall, very solid and affordable xcom game that most xcom fans will love.

Bossgalka
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Solid game, like all the other xcom games, but it's more focused on smaller scale, back-to-back battles. Similar amounts of customization and research though. So if that is what you prefer in your xcom games, you might like it better than the mainline ones, it's also much cheaper. My only complaint is that since it's a smaller scale and smaller budget game, some of the balance passes aren't too amazing. Some characters are stronger/weaker than they really should be and so on, not enough to ruin the game, but people who player either hyper casually or hardcore might notice them pretty easily.
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55 House Played: Fun twist on old mechanics. Good for at least 1 playthrough.

Jump_Brain
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I am a huge fan of the XCOM franchise and I really enjoyed this installment. Is it perfect? No, not at all. It's a bit buggy, the late game seems to have been rushed, the story is kinda bare and some of the characters are forgettable. You won't even get to see all of them unless you play through it at least twice. On the plus side the world building is interesting (though still a bit sparse), the mechanics are fresh (though it takes some getting used to) and there are a lot of interesting ability combos. On medium difficulty the game gets a bit too easy as resources become nearly meaningless and enemies don't put up enough of a fight. They have a whole mechanic for reinforcement that I didn't need the entire time I played the campaign. Really the only thing that really matters is Research and Training which rely on time which is something you don't have a lot of. Unlike other games in the series you are on a much tighter clock and the game will force you to complete main missions if you ignore them for long enough so you will definitely go into a few battles unprepared. You can rush through the game by completing missions that push main objectives forward (which seems like the 'right' thing to do) but you might end up under leveled and outgunned so I ended up doing extra side-missions. Even though there is an Anarchy countdown clock (like Panic in the other games) it would take a lot of failure to let it get out of hand. Part of this is because characters are not expendable. Dying on a mission means restarting (not limping along and trying to recover) so getting enough Panic to fail seems almost impossible on medium. On hard I couldn't get through more than a dozen missions before I was outgunned to the point of inevitable failure. Because losing isn't really an option, doing badly (getting characters injured) leads to a cascading effect. Success at higher difficulties means optimizing every step you make. There is a bit of middle-ground offered by the settings (like not healing automatically between encounters) but I still ended up overpowered on a second medium playthrough. It tries to offer replayability with multiple playthroughs as you have three factions to fight and the order you choose to fight them gives you different battles and rewards. It was definitely an interesting approach but I don't think the differences are meaningful enough to matter. The story was really linear and the ending was crushingly anti-climactic. The...
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Short and sweet

somethingbig6
Verified purchase
XCOM: Chimera Squad was a blast to play! It felt like XCOM-lite, but I thoroughly enjoyed that. The characters were all unique. My only complaint is how short the game was. In the end, I’d recommend it.
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Recommended

Brilliant Variation
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Great job finding an alternate way to use those cinematic elements that I enjoy. I like they way they’ve focused the storyline and made it into manageable bites. My favorite X Com so sar.
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Great idea and ok execution, but falls quite short from reproducing the best moments of XCOM 2

Teukro
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A difficult launch with some serious bugs hampered my excitement for the title. As an XCOM (both OG and reboot) fan, I had high hopes for the game and found the whole concept fun, but the gameplay was a bit underwhelming, falling short, perhaps because of its smaller scope, of the highs of the previous entries in the franchise.
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Recommended

omar
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first days of release has many problems and several bugs but some where fixed very soon i like the games is more casual and can be a introductory for other xcom games to people who never play a xcom like game the classic xcom and xcom 2 can be a little confused and frustrated for people new to the mechanics overal great game.
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This is Not XCOM 3, Fortunately

Bird_of_Prey317
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A spinoff that takes aspects of XCOM and tries to make it into more personal, character focused experience that ultimately feels like a lesser game. Worth it for those that enjoy XCOM's combat but be warned that it can get rather repetitive.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Somewhere in the middle. 15% of GameFAQs users said XCOM®: Chimera Squad is Simple or Easy. 63% of GameFAQs users said the difficulty is Just Right. 22% of GameFAQs users said XCOM®: Chimera Squad is Tough or Unforgiving.
According to PEGI, XCOM®: Chimera Squad is suitable for players aged 16 and above.
Yes, XCOM®: Chimera Squad is not fully Steam Deck Verified but the publisher says it is "Playable" on Steam Deck.
  • In-game interface text is legible on Steam Deck
  • This game's default graphics configuration performs well on Steam Deck
  • This game sometimes shows mouse, keyboard, or non-Steam-Deck controller icons
  • Some functionality is not accessible when using the default controller configuration, requiring use of the touchscreen or virtual keyboard, or a community configuration
  • Entering some text requires manually invoking the on-screen keyboard

Steam account is required for game activation and installation 

PC System Requirements
MINIMUM:
Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
OS: Windows 7, 64-bit
Processor: 2.4 GHz Quad Core
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: 1GB AMD Radeon HD 7770, NVIDIA GeForce 650 or better
DirectX: Version 11
Storage: 18 GB available space
Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
Additional Notes: Microsoft Visual C++ 2012 and 2015 Runtime Libraries, and Microsoft DirectX.

RECOMMENDED:
Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
OS: Windows 7 64bit / Windows 8.1 64bit / Windows 10 64bit
Processor: 3GHz Quad Core
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: 2GB AMD Radeon HD R9 290, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 or better
DirectX: Version 11
Storage: 18 GB available space
Sound Card: DirectX Compatible

The average playtime for GameFAQs users is 30 hours. 92% of users played XCOM®: Chimera Squad for over 12 hours.
76% of critics on Metacritic recommend XCOM®: Chimera Squad. The Metascore is 77 out of 100.
77% of Fanatical users recommend XCOM®: Chimera Squad. The average review score is 4.2/5
Yes, 77% of Fanatical users and 76% of critics on Metacritic recommend XCOM®: Chimera Squad.
XCOM®: Chimera Squad was released on April 24, 2020
XCOM®: Chimera Squad is published by 2K Games
XCOM®: Chimera Squad was developed by Firaxis Games
Fanatical users tagged XCOM®: Chimera Squad as Tactical, Aliens, Sci-fi, and Futuristic
Yes. Fanatical users tagged XCOM®: Chimera Squad as having Singleplayer
Yes, Fanatical users tagged XCOM®: Chimera Squad as Strategy
Yes, Fanatical users tagged XCOM®: Chimera Squad as Tactical
Yes, Fanatical users tagged XCOM®: Chimera Squad as Aliens

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