Phoenix Point Behemoth Edition Review (PlayStation 4)

Our Phoenix Point Behemoth Edition Review lets us fight tactical battles on procedural maps against a foe that adapts to your tactics. Manage diplomacy and economy on a global scale. Research, explore, overcome.

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Phoenix Point Behemoth Edition Review Pros:

  • Decent graphics.
  • 38.84GB download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Works on Playstation 5.
  • Strategy gameplay.
  • Camera speed sliders.
  • Comes with all DLC – living weapons, blood, and titanium, the legacy of the ancients, Festering skies, and corrupted horizons.
  • Four difficulties – rookie, veteran, hero, and legend.
  • Prologue and tutorial are optional.
  • Use promotional skins – on/off.
  • X – Com influence.
  • Turn-based combat.
  • When you get in an enemy’s sight you stop moving (doesn’t end your turn).
  • The Health bar of enemies will glow White to indicate your chance of a hit and damage caused.
  • You can set the animation speed.
  • Free aiming allows you to zoom in and pick a particular body part again showing your chances and damage. Think Vats from Fallout.
  • End your turn whenever.
  • Swap between characters and enemies easily and quickly with the shoulder buttons.
  • When moving a grid will show your move limit radius, your extended radius if you choose to use more action points and a shield icon to show how much cover you have.
  • End of mission breakdown showing earned EXP, skill points, and performance.
  • Can skip cutscenes.
  • Action points determine what and how much you can do from moving to shooting to using equipment like healing.
  • Vehicles can be used to transport your team but they can also have abilities or weapons granting them their own slot in the turn order.
  • Save and load when you want.
  • Recruit new team members by rescuing them.
  • The right stick allows you to view buildings floor by floor.
  • Destructible environments.
  • Enemies and even items and members won’t show until you are close to them.
  • Full overwatch system and you can choose the direction and size of the cone.
  • Full 3D camera control.
  • The terrain is vertical and horizontal.
  • Loot crates can be found and opened.
  • When in free aim, if there is no immediate enemy you can pan around in the first person.
  • Enemies can flee.
  • Fantastic locations.
  • Feels faster and more streamlined over the X-com games.
  • Play how you want.
  • You have the align or piss off other organizations as you attempt to bring peace.
  • Feels like a huge step forward for the genre.
  • You can customize team member load-outs and who goes out on missions.

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Phoenix Point Behemoth Edition Review Cons:

  • Cannot rebind controls.
  • No Invert axis option.
  • Controls take some getting used to.
  • The move grid thing can be hard to see on some levels.
  • A lot of the tutorial stuff isn’t actually explained until you have played the first map despite it being kinda important.
  • No explanation in if you should or shouldn’t use the DLC on your first run or if it changes anything.
  • Not the best loading times.
  • When destroying large chunks of a building the performance takes a huge hit.
  • The voice work at times feels flat and monotone.

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Phoenix Point Behemoth Edition:

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  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Length - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
8.2/10

Summary

This is not X Com 3,it could be as it has a lot of advancementa for the genre but the core gameplay is so similar to X Com that it stands on its own as Phoenix Point. Fine of you only speak X Com then this is X Com 2.5. I love this game though as I can tweak so much to my liking especially have fast animations set to on, I can get a lot more done. The terrain looks good but looks even better when you blow a huge fuck off hole out the side of the building! Seeing enemies get a building land on them or you shoot them off the roof is so dam satisfying. Another huge plus is the free aim, you can look all around in first person and select targets at will, but press it again and you lock onto an enemy and goes all Fallout Vats system on you. Now you can target a particular body part each with their own hit chance and damage done. It’s something that makes so much sense it puzzles the mind as to why we have waited so long for it. Phoenix Point is the definitive version of the game but also for me one of the best strategy games on the market and I hope we see more.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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