Xenobusters: The Prequel ...aka XCOM: Enemy Unkown
Since it's been a good while since I played the XCOM remake I wanted to see how well it compares to my just finished run of XCOM 2. Well, that was just supposed to be a test, but I just happened to keep playing the campaign instead. It's also the first time I really bothered playing with the Enemy Within expansion (beyond the first few missions). While it does seem a bit simpler it also seems to be overall more challenging, especially in the beginning. I made the decision not to save-scum (for the first time ever?) even though I'm not on Ironman mode. It makes the gameplay more tense, which is a good thing actually, and the general flow is also smoother.
I completely bungled some of my opening missions. I thought: " Yeah, this first abduction mission is going to be easy." Well, my entire squad got wiped, including some of the better soldiers I had at the time. Then, after building up my troops again I come across the chryssalid infestation mission. That turned out pretty bad, too. I totally forgot they turned dead troops/humans into zombies; it's just been a long time since I lost someone to them. Once again, I lost all my better squaddies except for my sniper who was far enough away from the initial swarm that she could barely escape with a mission win - she now is my top-tier sniper, dropping fools left and right. Or that one time a perfectly good rocket strike would have obliterated an enemy group... just to veer of course and kill one of my only two support guys instead. Doh!
I also lost India and Australia early on with how badly things were going. That didn't help the money-department either, so it took quite a while to claw my way back. Things are looking up now though. I'm getting a decent amount of funding, the general panic level is manageable, and I haven't lost any troops in a while. *knocks on wood* Not that there weren't chances of that happening along the way. Every so often when I gain too much confidence I will activate a new group of enemies with one of my last turn actions while mopping up another group, and through some luck and grit managed to get through those. I don't think I ever used smoke grenades this much. They sure come in quite handy. ;)
Post edited April 15, 2022 by Mr.Mumbles