YMMV / The Bureau: XCOM Declassified

  • Game-Breaker: Both Plasma Pistols, but the Light pistol in particular, due to dealing heavy damage, having a large clip size, oh, and it's available after the first main mission. Also a case of Bribing Your Way to Victory since it's a piece of DLC bonus content. Though it is slightly balanced out by its relatively low ammo pool.
  • Memetic Mutation: Spoony's infamous "Betrayal" reaction to the games initial announcement.
  • Plot Hole: Reconnecting the infiltrator into Mosaic to learn the position of the Outsiders' mothership reveals the XCOM base to them as well. Said infiltrator had been walking inside the base before Carter joined in disguise as a researcher, linked to the Mosaic all the time until Carter apprehended it. How come the aliens didn't elect to blow the XCOM right away?
    • Because they had larger concerns - it was only after learning that the other Ethereal was in the base that the aliens attacked in force.
  • Porting Disaster: If you're on PC and don't have an Nvidia graphic cards, expect the game to barely run better than a slideshow.
  • Revival by Commercialization: The trailer has renewed peoples interest of "Stompy Jones - Don't lie to me".
  • So Okay, It's Average: Generally seen as at least enjoyable, but definitely inferior to other games in the genre such as Mass Effect
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: The initial reaction to the games announcement. The release of XCOM: Enemy Unknown seems to have dulled this somewhat.
    • Ironically, when The Bureau was revealed, some gamers complained about the removal of investigation aspects and alteration of enemies to make it more like Enemy Unknown.
  • The Woobie: Bureau Agent Ennis Cole, who's the star of several of the videos. Cole's wife Ann and son Kevin are victims of an alien attack on Pima, New Mexico, and were either killed or infected by the Sleepwalker virus and put down. Cole has a Heroic B.S.O.D., and is scrambled for a mission before he can submit his resignation. He ends up walking into an alien ambush. The last thing heard on the radio is a single gunshot.
  • Vindicated by History: A mild example. In spite of the Troubled Production and the game's mixed reviews at launch, nowadays it's liked by a significant subsection of the XCOM fandom and you often see affectionate references to it, even if nobody thinks it's a "lost classic" or anything. It helps that with the benefit of hindsight and two well-loved "proper" XCOM games, it's become a fun, retro sidestory in a different genre rather than the in-name-only recycling of the XCOM name it could have been.
  • Viral Marketing:
    • The live-action trailers, amping up the Un-person and Conveniently Interrupted Document tropes used in the promotional images even further. Which gets rather disturbing at times.
    • The Project: Enemy Unknown, Citizen Skywatch, and Erase The Truth ARGs, all of which follow a common thread.
    • And now there's a tie-in browser not-quite-game which approaches "viral" from a different direction.
  • What an Idiot!: Faulke's decision to reconnect the Infiltrator to Mosaic. Granted, they were able to find Origin, but at the cost of well, everything inside the base.