Our guide to Phantom Doctrine contains information about the gameplay mechanics as well as the basic tips. You can check how to develop your characters by using available equipment, learn about the gameplay mechanics and gain knowledge on the world of spies. The game takes place in 1983. You lead an organization called The Cabal - its goal is to stop a worldwide plot. Phantom Doctrine is an espionage game developed by CreativeForge from Warsaw, known from Hard West and Ancient Space. The game is available on PC, PS4 and XONE.
The guide for Phantom Doctrine focuses on:
- General tips,
- Gameplay mechanics,
- Available equipment,
- Description of the mechanism that allows you to reveal hostile agents,
- Character classes,
- Intelligence activities,
- System requirements,
- Graphics settings,
- PC - General Information
- Game Modes
- Minimum system requirements
- Recommended system requirements
- Our Hardware
- Is it easy to get 100% completion in Phantom Doctrine?
- Can I play Phantom Doctrine without having Internet access?
- The most important controls in Phantom Doctrine
- How to get more money?
- What do I spend my money on?
- What to look for on the tactical map?
- Differences between the factions
PC - General Information
- OS: Windows 7 and newer, 64-bit versions,
- Internet connection during the game: Not required,
- Online activation: Yes, on Steam,
- Controllers: Keyboard and mouse, full gamepad support,
- Language versions: Polish, English, French, German, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Italian, Spanish.
- Single player: Yes.
- Online cooperation: No.
- Multiplayer: Yes.
Minimum system requirements
- Processor: Intel i3-2100/ AMD Phenom II X4 965
- RAM: 6 GB
- Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti / Intel HD 620 / Radeon HD 5770
- DirectX: 11
- Disk Space: 35 GB
Recommended system requirements
- Processor: Intel i5-4670k / AMD FX-8320
- RAM: 16 GB
- Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 / Radeon R9 290X
- DirectX: 11
- Disk Space: 35 GB
The guide is based on the PC version of the game and it was created on the following PC:
- OS: Windows 8.1.
- CPU: Intel Core i5 6600k.
- RAM: 16 GB DDR4 Corsair Vengeance CL16.
- GPU: Gigabyte GeForce GTX1070 WindForce OC 8GB 256bit.
The game ran without any problems.
Is it easy to get 100% completion in Phantom Doctrine?
Completing Phantom Doctrine in 100% is not particularly difficult. In fact, there are few achievements that can be difficult to achieve, namely: Syndicate Engineering, Combined Arms, Sadist, Misplaced Trust, Cold Truce. The first achievement requires you to create a super-agent with all the stats exceeding 140. The second one requires you to use 4 support powers in one turn. To get the Sadist you have to kill 6 enemies in one turn. You will unlock Misplaced Trust after you have witnessed a betrayal of your agent during a tactical mission, which is rather random. Cold Truce assumes that agents of the CIA, the KGB, Mossad, Stasi and the Security Service will participate together in a tactical mission. Except for the aforementioned achievements, achieving 100% completion in this game is pretty easy.
Can I play Phantom Doctrine without having Internet access?
Sort of - the game is released on Steam which means that you can go offline and play the game once you download it. Multiplayer requires Internet access.
The most important controls in Phantom Doctrine
Below you can find the most important key shortcuts in Phantom Doctrine. The full list of the game's controls can be found on Controls page.
Turn the camera left
Turn the camera right
Stop time on the strategic map
Change floor view
How to get more money?
You earn money with each passing hour. However, you can increase your income by printing fake money (in Forger) and by hiring a forger. Initially, you can hire only one forger who earns $20/hour. The maximum number of your agents turned into forgers and income per forger can both be increased in Workshop. Also, the same window allows you to change your agent's identity when they get "heated" (Heat Level).
What do I spend my money on?
The game has a lot of things that you can buy. The most important thing to do is to save a few thousands of dollars in case you will have to evacuate your base. Money can be spent on equipment for your agents, their trainings, crafting, identity changes and base upgrades.
What to look for on the tactical map?
Look for 2 types of items/places when you are on the tactical map. One of them are key information, reports or documents (the first screen). You can spot them even when Fog of War is present on the map.
Other places that you should examine are lockers and safes (the second screen). Here, you can find additional items that can upgrade your equipment as well as weapons. By doing that you won't have to buy any weapons in the base - you will get everything from the missions. Also, some of the items can be sold. This can be another source of income.
Differences between the factions
When it comes to campaigns, it all comes down to one thing: thwarting the Beholder's plans. Especially the beginning of the campaigns may vary (the initial missions are different). The next chapters boil down to similar actions, the difference being that depending on the campaign you will extract information from someone else (e.g. agent Patriot and Kingfish in the KGB). However, the background of agents (their past and allegiance) is not very important - they can only influence the training they have received in their intelligence cells.
About Phantom Doctrine Game Guide
Author : Arkadiusz "Chruscik" Jackowski for gamepressure.com
Translator : Mateusz "Ictius" Sawka
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Phantom Doctrine Video Game
- genre: Strategy
- developer: CreativeForge Games
- publisher: Good Shepherd Entertainment
- platform: PC, PS4, XONE
Phantom Doctrine is an espionage strategy game developed by the Polish CreativeForge Games – a studio known for creating such games as Hard West and Ancient Space.
In the [PLAT] release of Phantom Doctrine, the action is set in 1983. A player gets to lead The Cabal – a secret intelligence organization set up to stop a worldwide plot designed to take control over the world by causing local conflicts between certain countries.
The authors have developed a rich story, which presents an alternative version of the Cold War; however, the campaign features also a number of real events and characters, which increases the sense of authenticity in the game.
In the PC release of Phantom Doctrine, a player is bound to spend most of the time completing the turn-based missions, during which they commands a team of over a dozen secret agents. The game offers a significant leeway when it comes to strategizing, by providing a player with a wide range of available actions. One can mount frontal attacks with heavy weaponry as well as assume the covert approach to complete the assignments.
Between the missions, a player has to manage The Cabal by dispatching agents on reconnaissance missions, recruiting new operatives from different intelligence agencies and criminal syndicates, training them, and assembling teams, which have to placed all around the world – this allows a player to call for reinforcements during a mission, when necessary.
It is important for a player to acquire weapons, establish new relations, and conduct investigations, which might grant him access to new missions, resources, and technology – this not only includes diverse pieces of gear but also interrogation techniques, brainwashing methodologies, and chemical boosters of agents' physique. As befits an espionage game, it is necessary to forge documents and provide one's subordinates with fake identities as well as appearance alterations.
Phantom Doctrine for PC has been designed in a way allowing the player to replay it multiple times without feeling bored. The gameplay is dynamic – the global situation tends to change rapidly as a result of player's actions. Moreover, many elements, such as the characters' bios, names, intelligence data, and enemy locations on maps are procedurally generated. Upon starting his adventure, a player has to choose whether his character has worked before for CIA or KGB – this decision affects the gameplay significantly. After completing the game for the first time, players get at their disposal a third character, with which they can start the New Game Plus mode.