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  1. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Total lid death

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      that must have felt so satisfying

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      i dont miss pixel hunting at all

  2. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I can't read that back-to-back world war loser language in the screenshot.

  3. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Is it generally agreed that out of the nuXCOM games, the first is better right?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      XCOM 2 has some QoL improvements that are really painful to go without, and randomized maps are a very helpful feature too, but everything else is a massive downgrade in gameplay. So yeah, XCOM:EW is the better option.

      Hm, what's that? No, those are the only two XCOM games firaxis has put out. If you think there are others you must have imagined it in a dream.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Chimera Squad isn't that bad.
        at least I assume though, I uninstalled it three missions in thanks to dogshit writing and VA.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          The whole games missions are fun and engaging more so on higher difficulties but yeah the mid 00s style of story and performance drags it down.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            I don't mind the story, I mind that everyone talks like a liberal arts college student and will never actually take shit seriously.
            You want me to believe mutons, sectoids and advent have integrated into society, fine. Actually write it instead of going "uh he's like a hip black guy, he's like a nerd, people just don't like them because they're racist" and making me want to throttle that fricking human agent you start the game off with. I don't remember her name, or how she sounds like, or what her lines were like beyond the fact that I fricking despised her.

            Long war mod improves on that alot, can't go back to vanilla anymore

            Long War 2? Sell me on it. I kind of burned out on Long War 1 even with it's numerous mods and overhauls.

            • 3 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              Well in short, you have to actually get a resource called intel and actually scan for missions now and choose what you want to do instead of the game just throwing one at you. You have to manage resistance havens, they can either give you supplies, Intel, or recruits. The havens Intel is what will help you detect missions and all that.
              There's a infiltration mechanic now, whenever you get a mission there's a time limit until it expires. Missions have a certain readiness status that effects how much enemies are on the map and if they're on guard or will be clueless. When you infiltrate a mission you need time to lower that readiness level to a manageable amount of enemies. So if a mission expires in 5 days, you can select a squad to infiltrate and over those 5 days the readiness will be lowered and you can go from like 20 enemies on the map to 10. Also your squad size effects the time you need to lower the readiness as well, so sometimes you may need to bring a smaller squad if the mission gets detected late and you only have like 2 days. You gotta pick and chose what you want to do, since you won't be able to do all of them and some missions will just be detected too late to be possible, unless you want to fight like 40 enemies not including reinforcements
              Also you can liberate regions now, there's a chain of 5 liberation missions for each region, the last one in the chain being a big assault on the local HQ, in my experience you'll have to fight like 40 enemies including a base leader, really cool.
              There's also advent mechanics behind the scenes, they have legions, basically battalions of troops they'll move beaten regions depending on the vigilance of each region(this rises as you do missions in a region, making advent want to reinforce it, this will effect how many enemies are on a mission so sometimes you'll need to back off and let things cool down).

            • 3 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              Also you can get cool missions like detecting a legion moving to reinforce a region, and ambush them before they get there. These give good resources too. It sounds like alot but it actually adds a strategy layer to things and actually makes you feel like a resistance

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              I must be walking into a DLC mission or something because its not even like im losing 1 soldier or a thin men got one over on me. Its like all of a sudden all of the aliens start doing more damage, have more health, are more accurate, who eventually wipes my team and the difficulty increase doesn't feel on par with what I can achieve as the player. Its like an arms race I always lose despite how much I research. idk maybe im just bad.

              Yeah if it's like a council mission type deal, it could be dlc. You're playing vanilla and not long war right?

              >75% chance to hit
              >miss every time
              >b-but theres hidden values
              Then show them

              Also xcom 2:
              >wotc are straight up cheats
              >enemy has enough movement to reach you
              >hit you
              >and run far enough away that you cant do anything about it
              >also immune to reaction fire and overwatch
              Litterally stupid design

              I didn't say anything about hidden values. Marge

              The big issue with Xcom2 is that the world map and its gameplay fricking sucks

              Long war fixes a lot of it imo

              My main problem with Xcom is feeling like it's actually impossible to go into some(most) later missions and do well your first time and there is too much investment in your guys to accept a bunch of deaths. I played cautiously but the first mission those disc bastards showed up I got fricked up and had to redo.

              On your first playthrough it's fine to reload saves, since yeah you'll get fricked by new enemy appearances since you don't know what they do or the counter play, ESPECIALLY sectopods. Just play for fun the first playthrough and see everything, then on another playthrough you can try Ironman and stuff

              • 3 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                >On your first playthrough it's fine to reload saves, since yeah you'll get fricked by new enemy appearances since you don't know what they do or the counter play, ESPECIALLY sectopods. Just play for fun the first playthrough and see everything, then on another playthrough you can try Ironman and stuff
                I agree with this. It always annoys me when I see people try to do blind ironman runs of games and then they get annoyed and quit when the game pulls out some bullshit and they're mad they couldn't see it coming, as if the XCOM games don't do that to you when you're new.

              • 3 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                Yeah, honestly I tried the same when I did my first one, I didn't want to reload and just take it on the chin. But it's not really feasible, since a new player probably won't do anything but squad wipe when they run into a sectopod for the first time. I know I got raped my first time since sextopods are just so much different than anything you fight before

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        contrarian take
        xcom 2 wotc is the best way to experience nuxcom

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Yeah I'd say so but 2 is still really good as well. But xcom 1 with the long war mod is just like, timeless. They just give different vibes and play different, in 1 you're defending earth from a alien invasion, in 2 it assumes you lost the first game and you lead a resistance agaisnt a alien occupation of earth. In 1 most missions typically have you just killing all aliens on a map, unless it's a council mission. In 2 objectives are more varied, and typically you want to complete it and evac out because the enemy will start sending in reinforcements quicker and quicker.

      I think a lot of the shit xcom 2 gets is vanilla, but with the long war mod it's also super good. Xcom 2 definitely has the better mod support though, so there's tons if customization mods for your soldiers

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >and you lead a resistance agaisnt a alien occupation of eart
        What I absolutely hate about X2 is that nothing about the gameplay itself actually leans into this idea, you're just a differently dressed breed of swat superhero squads and the occasional mission has a time limit.
        Weird as it sounds I felt more like a resistance playing Jagged Alliance(2 and 3) than I did XCOM 2.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Long war mod improves on that alot, can't go back to vanilla anymore

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          The issue is that the game still follows the systems of the first game where it's a research arms race to wining. It would have been hard to balance out but it needed more of a raid and occupying system system, with the idea you are stealing the gear/resources. The flying ship just made it feel more like you were the invader than fighting the invasion

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        The big issue with Xcom2 is that the world map and its gameplay fricking sucks

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >75% chance to hit
        >miss every time
        >b-but theres hidden values
        Then show them

        Also xcom 2:
        >wotc are straight up cheats
        >enemy has enough movement to reach you
        >hit you
        >and run far enough away that you cant do anything about it
        >also immune to reaction fire and overwatch
        Litterally stupid design

  4. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I can never win in XCOMEU and I can never figure out why. I always start out good, getting weapons researched, satellites up, managing crises to keep the countries. Then one mission out of no where the aliens get huge buffs and my team is getting one shot. I dont understand the difficulty spike and what im supposed to do.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Losing a soldier to an unlucky shot, or even a mission, is not losing the game. You can recover. Don't just quit over one bad mission, especially if that mission was a certain notoriously poorly tuned story-mission from one of the DLCs.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        either you are making the classic rookie mistake of trusting half cover or you got extremely unlucky and rolled one of DLC missions early

        Is it thin men? One top for the ai, if they can see one of your units they know where you all are. So sometimes the best course of action is to back off out of their line of sight, and try to catch then walking into you with overwatch shots. For thin men and shit if you only have half cover you're probably gonna get fricked because they have really good accuracy and crit and will take pot shots and one is gonna hit eventually. So yeah, always take full cover and use stuff like smoke grenades

        I must be walking into a DLC mission or something because its not even like im losing 1 soldier or a thin men got one over on me. Its like all of a sudden all of the aliens start doing more damage, have more health, are more accurate, who eventually wipes my team and the difficulty increase doesn't feel on par with what I can achieve as the player. Its like an arms race I always lose despite how much I research. idk maybe im just bad.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Always save scum before you start a mission

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      either you are making the classic rookie mistake of trusting half cover or you got extremely unlucky and rolled one of DLC missions early

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Is it thin men? One top for the ai, if they can see one of your units they know where you all are. So sometimes the best course of action is to back off out of their line of sight, and try to catch then walking into you with overwatch shots. For thin men and shit if you only have half cover you're probably gonna get fricked because they have really good accuracy and crit and will take pot shots and one is gonna hit eventually. So yeah, always take full cover and use stuff like smoke grenades

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      If it's mechs, make sure all snipers have disabling shot and your gunners have heated shot. Worth it to kill bots.

  5. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    frick anon, now you made me depressed we're not getting a sequel any time soon
    Though its kinda weird how they knocked it out of the park with the first one

    also phoenix squad or whatever fricking blows dont deny it

  6. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    My main problem with Xcom is feeling like it's actually impossible to go into some(most) later missions and do well your first time and there is too much investment in your guys to accept a bunch of deaths. I played cautiously but the first mission those disc bastards showed up I got fricked up and had to redo.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >fail one mission
      >the setback basically means game over

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      By the time the UFO dudes show up your guys should already be herculean ass kickers. The biggest difficulty spike is when the Muttons show up and you've only gotten 1 or 2 pieces of good gear ready to fight them

  7. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    i got one win on highest difficulty under my belt just for the achievement. i prefer veteran though. you can cheese a lot in this game. E.g. zombie maps: stealth uncover all enemies -> trigger them -> restealth and watch them kill eachother

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      all you need is one stealthed scout and a sniper with team view. you can kill the entire map without being attacked

  8. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I played xcom 1 to completion and have started/stopped xcom 2 a total of five times over the years. I get pretty far too, but holy frick are pod detection mechanics the reason I always drop it. I won't play either game now, but always look out for any inspired by or even a third installment.

  9. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    XCOM 2 LWOTC is better
    What's the best collection for it?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I don't like it just because I don't like the lost or chosen really. If I play lwotc I usually disable them

  10. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The art direction in this game is absolutely atrocious. Everything looks like plastic probs for a movie set pre editing.

  11. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I loved EU but got filtered by the timer in XCOM2

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      There's a mod called true concealment, a must have imo. Makes it so timers don't start ticking until you get revealed

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      xcom2 is one of the most moddable games next to like skyrim why the frick are you getting filtered

  12. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Enemy Within > Enemy Unknown > Xcom 2 > WotC

  13. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >2's story makes it that you actually lose in the first game
    >XCOM 2 came out alkmost 9 fricking years ago

  14. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    accurate

  15. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >He didn't assemble an "Its ma'am" squad consisting of all grenadiers and rangers
    The ayys get so confused (or disgusted) when you break concealment and miss all their shots since they start imagining how the squad will capture and rape them back at their segregated barracks

  16. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >not color coding your doods based on class
    ngmi

  17. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Dr. Pavel, I'm Xenonaut.

  18. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    On my squad, you have to earn the nickname and right to color your uniform

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