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Platform Win, 360, PS3, Mac Publisher 2K Games Developer 2K Marin Release Date 2013-08-20

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The Bureau: XCOM Declassified review: plausible denial

You are Agent Carter, a lapsed CIA operative who unwittingly becomes XCOM's newest agent when the proverbial shit hits the fan. He is gruff to a comedic degree, with a singular tone of delivery reminiscent of broken glass being ground into hot cement. We have a front row seat as 1962 America burns, and seeing such an idyllic period torn asunder adds an excellent bit of creepiness to the proceedings. From the faint film grain to the oldies piped from dying radios, The Bureau’s setting is beautifully realized and lends a lot of much-needed character. Not content to watch Kennedy’s America turned to rubble, Carter hops across the nation trying to put out what fires he can with two backup agents. He’s formidable on his own, with an ever-expanding arsenal and slate of appropriated alien...

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Humble 2K Bundle adds five more games in the XCOM Complete Pack

The Humble 2K Bundle is now five games bigger, thanks to the XCOM Complete Pack. Those who pay more than the average selling price ($8.14 as of this writing) will receive Windows PC versions of the first five original XCOM games. The package of DRM-free or Steam games includes XCOM: UFO Defense (aka UFO: Enemy Unknown), Terror from the Deep, Apocalypse, Interceptor and Enforcer. Announced last week, the bundle already offers BioShock, The Darkness 2 and The Bureau: XCOM Declassified. Pay more than the average price, and you'll get BioShock 2, Mafia 2 and Spec Ops: The Line. Choose to pay $20 or more, and you'll receive  BioShock Infinite and XCOM: Enemy Unknown. For more on the latest XCOM games, be sure to read our reviews of XCOM: Enemy Unknown, XCOM: Enemy Within and The Bureau:...

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Humble 2K Bundle discounts BioShock, Spec Ops, XCOM games and more

You can name your own price for games in the BioShock and XCOM series and more through the Humble 2K Bundle, which is live now through July 22 at 2:00 p.m. ET. At its core, the Humble 2K bundle offers BioShock, The Darkness 2 and The Bureau: XCOM Declassified. Pay more than the average price, and you'll get BioShock 2, Mafia 2 and Spec Ops: The Line. Pay $20 or more, and you'll also get BioShock Infinite and XCOM: Enemy Unknown. The games are available through Steam for Windows, and "select titles" are also available for Mac and Linux, as is a DRM-free version of BioShock. As with each Humble Bundle, buyers can choose to split their spending between the game's creators and charities, here the American Red Cross and Action Against Hunger. For in-depth stories on the games above,...

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The Bureau, Toy Story 3, more discounted on Mac App Store

The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, Toy Story 3 and other recent titles from 2K Games and Disney Interactive, respectively, are available at a discount from publisher TransGaming on the Mac App Store, the company announced today. TransGaming's sale offers discounts of 50-60 percent on eight different games: The Bureau: XCOM Declassified - $14.99 (regularly $34.99) The Darkness 2 - $9.99 (reg. $19.99) Toy Story 3 - $7.99 (reg. $14.99) Cars 2: The Video Game - $7.99 (reg. $14.99) Disney Planes - $7.99 (reg. $19.99) Disney Princess: Enchanted Journey - $7.99 (reg. $14.99) Brave - $7.99 (reg. $19.99) Lego Pirates of the Caribbean - $7.99 (reg. $14.99) The deals will be available until Jan. 2.

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The Bureau: XCOM Declassified now available on Mac App Store

Owners of Mac-based computers can now play The Bureau: XCOM Declassified by purchasing it from the Mac App Store for $34.99, publisher TransGaming announced yesterday. The Bureau is being published and distributed on Mac by TransGaming. The tactical third-person shooter was developed by 2K Marin and originally published on PlayStation 3, Windows PC and Xbox 360 by 2K Games. TransGaming used Cider, its own software translation technology, to bring The Bureau to Mac "with minimal cost and development resources," according to the company. "We collaborated with 2K to deliver the same intensity that fans have come to expect from The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, now for the Mac platform," said Vikas Gupta, CEO of TransGaming, in a press release yesterday. Mac users can download The Bureau...

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BioShock 2, The Bureau: XCOM Declassified dev 2K Marin hit with massive layoffs

A large number of employees at 2K Marin, which recently launched the third-person shooter The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, have been laid off, Polygon has learned from sources familiar with the matter. We've yet to hear the exact number of employees that have been let go in this wave of layoffs, but one source said that a "majority" of the team has been let go. The only developers safe from the layoffs, according to that source, are those who are leaving to join the new Bay Area 2K studio led up by former Gears of War lead and BioShock Infinite producer Rod Fergusson. Another source told Polygon that they were "100 percent sure" that 2K Marin as we know it is closed. A 2K representative confirmed that the studio underwent "staff reductions" today. "We can confirm staff reductions at...

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PS4 and Xbox One at Gamescom, indies on Xbox One, The Bureau: XCOM Declassified: Speed Run

Sony's PlayStation 4 will make its debut this November, while the company's handheld PlayStation Vita is getting a price cut. PlayStation 4 owners can look forward to recently announced console titles such as Minecraft, Shadow of the Beast, Rogue Legacy and Wasteland Kings. Microsoft finally revealed details on the "initial phase" of its Independent Developers @ Xbox program and showed off the 23-game launch lineup for Xbox One. Meanwhile, our own Chris Plante detailed the long and winding history of 2K's latest game, The Bureau: XCOM Declassified. PlayStation 4 arrives in North America on Nov. 15, Europe on Nov. 29 Sony cuts PlayStation Vita price to $199 for both models, cuts on memory cards Minecraft coming to PlayStation 4 as launch title New Shadow of the Beast coming to...

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The Bureau dev diary explains the six 'Ts' of XCOM

A new developer diary for The Bureau: XCOM Declassified focuses on how the game hits the pillars of the XCOM franchise. The six Ts of XCOM, says creative director Morgan Gray, are Team, Tactics, Technology, Tools, Terror and Tension. The player is part of a team and will fail if he or she tries to take on the aliens solo, says Gray; proper use of one's squad-mates is essential to victory. Similarly, attempts to rush the enemy squad head-on will end in a bloody death and a player must make proper use of tactics. Technology and Tools go hand-in-hand, says Gray. XCOM is about humans fighting an alien invasion with initially subpar equipment, but are able to upgrade their forces with alien technology. The alien tech also grants special tools like hologram projectors, air strikes and...

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The Bureau video explores an alien invasion's aftermath

The latest installment in the live action miniseries of trailers for The Bureau: XCOM Declassified explores the wake of a Cold War-era alien invasion in Pima, New Mexico. Check out the video above to see Special Agent Carter's confusion and resolve as he begins his quest to uncover the mysteries surrounding the knowledge that humanity is not alone in the universe. In "The Aftermath," you'll see the casualties, the crop circles and the aliens that underlie 2K Marin's third-person tactical shooter. The Bureau: XCOM Declassified is slated for an Aug. 20 release on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC. Check out our hands-on experience with the game to learn more about the upcoming twist in the XCOM formula. For more on how a live action trailer became publisher 2K Games' The Burn Room m...

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The Bureau: XCOM Declassified films: an exercise in emotional advertising

2K Games didn't always plan for The Burn Room, its first live action trailer for The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, to spin off into a full-fledged miniseries. But after that first trailer was well-received, 2K decided to pursue a longer series: a string of episodes that would serve to advertise the game and establish an emotional connection between its protagonist, Special Agent Carter, and potential players. The shorts were made under the direction of Henry Hobson — whose directorial credits include the live action train trailer for Resistance 3 and the opening sequence of Naughty Dog's The Last of Us. For those who saw the trailer and aren't familiar with the hardcore strategy series, Hobson sought to draw them in by making them care before entering the field themselves. Before...

The Bureau: XCOM Declassified Releases
North America
  • Windows
    • Released 2013-08-20
    • Publisher 2K Games
    • Developer 2K Marin
    • Score 7.0
  • Xbox 360
    • Released 2013-08-20
    • Publisher 2K Games
    • Developer 2K Marin
  • PlayStation 3
    • Released 2013-08-20
    • Publisher 2K Games
    • Developer 2K Marin
  • Mac
    • Publisher TransGaming Inc
    • Developer 2K Marin
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