Who's preordering X-COM?

Discussion in 'PC Gaming' started by QuantumPion, Sep 6, 2012.

  1. kevinsbane

    kevinsbane Senior member

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    Switch to HEAT ammo Heavies that one-shot Sectopods at point blank range. That'll spice up your anti-Sectopod tactics.

    The number of Sectopods I killed with HEAT ammo Heavies vs Double Tap snipers was so ridiculously lopsided towards the Heavies in my Classic Ironman game.
     
  2. thespyder

    thespyder Golden Member

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    LOL. My Sniper is also Psi-Ops. She is hands down the most powerful of my entire squad. If she isn't sniping (I took ITZ) for a double kill, she is either mind controlling or mind zapping the aliens. And with an accuracy of 105, she wracks up all of the kills. She has 50% more kills than any other member of my squad, even from those who have been with me longer.

    Is anyone else getting the whole "My soldiers are too powerful" towards the end? I set down and don't even take any injuries. Just mop them up. Sure I use tactics and have to heal occasionally, but with Titan armor, anything other than a grave wound is just scar tissue. But then again, I am playing Normal, so I imagine Classic is much harder.
     
  3. Howard

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    I OPed my team in Normal. Ghostx5, plus AA on Sniper, everyone has Mind Control and 80+ will. Double shot crits are amazing.
     
  4. Clinkster

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    Normal becomes way too easy once you get the hang of things. A lot of things change when you switch over to classic. For one, I have a much greater appreciation for heavies when I started over in classic. The rocket launchers are invaluable.
     
  5. thespyder

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    Good. I keep wanting my Heavy to be useful, but hardly ever does he do anything. A few times I have done shredder rockets into a mob of aliens, but generally he is only there 'In case' things get bad. And to be honest, they haven't been hairy for a while now. Might actually have to replay on Classic I guess.
     
  6. ChronoReverse

    ChronoReverse Platinum Member

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    Even on Classic and Impossible the game is much much less punishing in the late game compared to the early game. But the cost of messing up is greater.

    I actually carry 2 Heavies now because they're your "Get Out of Jail Free" cards. You will sometimes just aggro a larger group than expected and the only possible solution to survive is to explode all the cover with explosions, softening up the aliens and hopefully killing enough that your squad isn't wiped.
     
  7. thespyder

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    I guess I remember Apocalypse getting that way as well. Towards the end you just stepped out of the Ranger and smashed the landscape. Scorched earth policy prevented the aliens from mind controlling anyone. :)
     
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    I remember lots of blaster launchers near the end of apocalypse...
     
  9. kevinsbane

    kevinsbane Senior member

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    Classic Ironman. Give it a shot.
     
  10. thespyder

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    I might just have to do that.
     
  11. Clinkster

    Clinkster Senior member

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    Is there even a reason to detract someone from dragging out the late game until you upgrade all the tech and beef up your dudes? I finished my normal game in a hurry because there's no challenge, but the game is starting to get easier now that I have plasma weapons.
     
  12. thespyder

    thespyder Golden Member

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    I have a squad full of Cols including three maxed out Psi-Ops and Titan armor plus Alloy Guns and Plasma Weapons. I have been dragging it out for the simple reason that I don't want the game to end. But I am thinking of taking the plunge. I hope the end is worth it.
     
  13. Clinkster

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    I'm was happy; they kept to their story arch faithfully (aka didn't pull a Mass Effect). After completing the game though, I personally did not feel like starting over. Took me a few weeks before I wanted to plunge into the new difficulty. It's definitely worth it, the challenge makes you rethink your strategy throughout all aspects of the game, and the ways you can succeed/fail/pull-off-the-impossible will bring about a whole new sleiu of awesome X-com moments.
     
  14. Howard

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    Ghost Armor is better. Inherent Defense up and guaranteed critical hit during cloak. Play your cards right and you shouldn't need the extra HP.
     
  15. kevinsbane

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    I must admit it's fun to see an assault have almost as much HP as a sectopod and capable of more single-target damage output.
     
  16. Howard

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    Meh. End-game I was doing very little actual fighting. I was MCing M/Es left and right and using them to suicide-grenade and whatnot against the others.
     
  17. thespyder

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    I admit I really didn't think much of the ghost armor. With it being limited use and only lasting one turn, or until attack, seems like not much added benefit (to me). Maybe I need to rethink?

    As for the suicide grenade, I pulled that trick off once. The problem that I have is as soon as I MC an alien (and he doesn't get to move until next round), the rest of his buddies pile on top of him and kill him. Dead. While it is nice that they waste their turn shooting at their buddy, and it means I don't need to actually kill said buddy, I rarely actually get to take any action with the poor sod. At least that is my experience with the game.
     
  18. KaOTiK

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    Ghost armor is awesome. So many uses.

    I've used it to block a door way and a whole in a wall for a room full of the 4 legged things (can't remember their names, they are nasty in close combat) when a grenade took out a part of the wall and I could see them and my whole squad was in a hallway. Put one guy in GA at the door with it on and one at the opening from the nade with the armor on and was able to save my squad (they were the last 2 with moves) from being ripped to shreds from those things.

    Great for a long distance scout too if you. Turn GA on and run whoever you are using as scouting their max distance to try and reveal enemies (works great on outside areas where you know they generally are). Snipers with team vision and double tap clean that up real quick generally :D
     
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    See, this was what I was expecting to do. And I have one of my guys (an assault??? with the extra move feat) using it. I guess, I just never did it correctly because it didn't seem like that great a gain. I much prefer nailing one of the enemies with MC for distance vision and then letting the sniper finish the job. That way I don't have any of my own guys hanging out in the DZ for a round. Let the enemy take all the risks.

    Edit: Plus, pound for pound, that eliminates someone needlessly not attacking AND removes a combatant from combat. Where the other merely spots.
     
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  20. kevinsbane

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    Yes, you do :)

    Ghost armour gives you 6 hp, +2 moves, +20% defense (permanent half cover, stacks with normal cover), grappling hook.

    Oh, you get ghosting with that, which gives you either free scouting, +100% crit, or get out of jail free. Four times.

    Titan gives you immunity to fire/poison (marginally useful) and 4 extra hp over ghost armour.

    Yes, but it's still fun to see that assault with 28 hp.

    Weirdly enough, I never found MC that great of a skill. I always seemed to be able to kill everything anyways, so I was left with an MC'd baddie that I didn't know what to do with.

    Mostly though, I think it was always that I had something better to do with my guy. Heavy - Rocket launcher, or blasting down a Sectopod; Sniper - Double Tap/ITZ; Assault - MC this muton, or blow this cyberdisc to smithereens... I suppose if I had more psi supports, I'd do it more.
     
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    Another thing you can do with Ghost Armor and Bulletstorm Heavies is shoot _then_ cloak.
     
  22. thespyder

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    One tactic that I quite like is MC the last baddie on the block. Then I have four rounds to position guys in strike range with Arc Throwers. When the Baddie comes around, ZAP, ZAP, ZAP and down they go. If nothing else, you get a free plasma gun out of the deal.

    If you think about it, it is a real shame that you can't zap them WHILE they are under. or at least shoot them defenseless. Yeah, it is morally ambiguous, But then they are plundering our planet, so... All's fair in war. etc....
     
  23. kevinsbane

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    I always found that once they got out of MC, they got a free turn that I couldn't do anything about. More than once that's gotten one of my guys either killed or critically injured.
     
  24. Howard

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    I learned to start carrying more grenades just for that reason. I could always get the victim to get to low HP easily, and then I would have one of my guys mop up with their own grenade if it was the end of the mission.
     
  25. Howard

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    On their last turn, put them out in the open and have all your guys in full cover and overwatch. Since they don't have a grenade (you should've used theirs already), they will probably miss and are going to die quickly.

    The game considers the mind-controlling turn to be the first turn, so you only get 3 actions out of them before they revert.