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Scarab Sages

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I haven't encountered any yet (thankfully). My last retaliation mission was berzerkers, so I figure I'm one or two from them.


Sharoth wrote:
~shudders in Horror~ Chryssalids!!! Why did it have to be Chryssalids? Kill them! Kill them ALL!!!!!

they burrow now


~grumbles and groans~ It officially got worse. Just one word. Sectopods.

Scarab Sages

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How many enemy types are there?

Advent trooper
Elite
Shield
Officer
Lancer
Sectoid
Viper
Muton
Mech
Heavy mech
Codex
Archon
Andromedean
Sectopod

Faceless
Berzerker
Chryssalid

And more...


Stun Lancer
Avatar - advanced Codex
The big sphere thingie

Edit - They are called Gatekeepers (I think).


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yay....more things to kill/eat me! this is getting rough, i need to rejuggle focus to weapon upgrades.


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I am one pip away from completion of the Avatar Project. Time to assault a base or two, then make some contacts so I can continue to hit them and hit them hard!

Resistance Radio should be researched ASAP. Sadly, that is step one. Step two is building a resistance radio in every area that you have made contact with. Worth it, but expensive.


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That was fun. Can we do it again?

I just had my first "Base Raid". I suggest installing the defense matrix subsystem and upgrading it to quad cannons, if you can. I would also make sure that your initial squad has a squadsight sniper (or two) and a sneaky ranger to be the snipers spotter. You will know what I mean when it happens. Having said that, a heavy or two is always welcome. Their ability to shred armor is invaluable.

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So, after repeatedly failing, I think that this game is not for me at all.


Hama wrote:
So, after repeatedly failing, I think that this game is not for me at all.

I thought that about the first one. Please don't give up Hama. I believe in you.

Sovereign Court

Seriously. I started on hard. Had to lower to normal. Had to lower to rookie. Ragequit more than once.


I started off on normal, then went down to rookie to learn the game better. It's a difficult series, no doubt.


Does my old strategy of "for f!@*s sake, one alien at a time?!" work in this game?


Freehold DM wrote:
Does my old strategy of "for f*+&s sake, one alien at a time?!" work in this game?

Sometimes. In other times, you are against the timer and must hussle.

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I hate timer missions. yes they give you a nice sense of urgency but still.
Also, I don't think that I'll manage to stop Avatar xD.


I am on the easiest level myself. It feels like Long War Lite.

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Well yesterday, my avatar box filled up. 24 hours til ?? Luckily I had just unlocked one of the regions with a facility to blow up. I spent two hours finishing a scan, then flew over to new mexico to blow up the compound. It took 3 dots of the full meter. THREE! *whew*

Now, I've got another facility exposed and accessible, and 1 two regions away. Also, two story missions which i'm sure will drop timer. So, went from the brink of doomsday to back in business!


Anyone failed to prevent avatar completion yet?

Also, I need to make a post suggesting to my friends what I want for birthday...


I am trying REAL hard to not let them complete the Avatar Project. I do not want to become a big blue alien. ~thinks~ Sorry! Wrong Avatar. Perhaps we will be able to control the four elements?

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I assume that the avatar project is a way for the Advent to tap into every single human on the planet (because latent psychic potential) and to brainwash them into obedient mind slaves.

Scarab Sages

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The shadow chamber projects imply, at least to me, that they're trying to engineer the perfect human, likely to add to their invasion force. Commander's military genius, the genetic markers of thousands of 'volunteers', etc. Avatar is the genetic base for their cloned human death machines to conquer the rest of the galaxy. /theory

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X-Com 2!!! Yay!!! Okay, let me just check the PSN Store...

Hmmm...it's out, right? Yeah, yeah, there it is, released February 5th. Okay...I can figure this out...

PC EXCLUSIVE!!?! SON OF A B+@*@!!!!

Okay, okay, maybe my daughter's laptop can play it...

DAMNIT, WHAT THE HELL, I WANT TO PLAY XCOM 2!!! THE LAST ONE RAN ON AN IPAD? WHATDYA MEAN I NEED A REAL COMPUTER TO RUN THIS!?!?

*ponders buying a new computer just to play this game...*


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Sebastian wrote:
DAMNIT, WHAT THE HELL, I WANT TO PLAY XCOM 2!!! THE LAST ONE RAN ON AN IPAD? WHATDYA MEAN I NEED A REAL COMPUTER TO RUN THIS!?!?

It's a computer game. Duh.

Quote:
*ponders buying a new computer just to play this game...*

You know you want to...


Sebastian wrote:

X-Com 2!!! Yay!!! Okay, let me just check the PSN Store...

Hmmm...it's out, right? Yeah, yeah, there it is, released February 5th. Okay...I can figure this out...

PC EXCLUSIVE!!?! SON OF A B~$+~!!!!

Okay, okay, maybe my daughter's laptop can play it...

DAMNIT, WHAT THE HELL, I WANT TO PLAY XCOM 2!!! THE LAST ONE RAN ON AN IPAD? WHATDYA MEAN I NEED A REAL COMPUTER TO RUN THIS!?!?

*ponders buying a new computer just to play this game...*

~starts to show you all the new tech and the new aliens and the other new toys~ You want to do it. You need to do it. You must do it. So you will be buying a new computer.

P.S. - This game is the reason why I did not get an XBOX one or a PS4. OTOH, I am now able to play a few other games that would not play on my old computer.

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If it were just the cost, that would be one thing. But the pain of a PC goes well beyond the price tag for one as ignorant and backwards as yours truly. I'll keep my fingers crossed for a console version (yay) or iPad version (F#~@ yeah!) - every time I am exposed to the new version of Windows, I weep tears of blood and beg for the sweet release of death.

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There should be more PC exclusive games.


I feel your pain. Swindows has become more of a pain that normal.


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Sebastian wrote:

X-Com 2!!! Yay!!! Okay, let me just check the PSN Store...

Hmmm...it's out, right? Yeah, yeah, there it is, released February 5th. Okay...I can figure this out...

PC EXCLUSIVE!!?! SON OF A B+~+%!!!!

Okay, okay, maybe my daughter's laptop can play it...

DAMNIT, WHAT THE HELL, I WANT TO PLAY XCOM 2!!! THE LAST ONE RAN ON AN IPAD? WHATDYA MEAN I NEED A REAL COMPUTER TO RUN THIS!?!?

*ponders buying a new computer just to play this game...*

damn good to see you.

I'm pulling for a xbone release myself.

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Sebastian wrote:
THE LAST ONE RAN ON AN IPAD?

At a significant graphics and animation downgrade.

And it crashed. A lot.


The exclusivity is down to mods. Apparently Firaxis talked to Microsoft and Sony and the deal is that the mods still have to be approved by Microsoft and Sony in a process taking weeks (which apprently pre-this generation they said wouldn't happen, then it did), so Firaxis said screw that and basically ignored them. Also, EU and EW sold fairly mediocrely on console anyway.

Another part of the problem is the "randomly" generated maps. Apparently there's an enormous amount of hardcoding in the generation algorithms which prevent the maps doing crazy things and looking natural and logical. Even on a hefty PC the load times are a lot longer than for EW and EU (which only had 80 map combos to cycle through). Apparently it would be flat out impossible for a tablet to do the same thing and it would make the load times on even the XB1 and PS4 be unacceptably long.

A port is still possible of course: ignore the modding side of it, add controller support (that's coming anyway in the first patch) and drop the randomly generated maps in favour of an EW/EU system of having pre-fabs which cycle around. But that's a fair amount of work that Firaxis aren't interested in putting in right now. Maybe further down the line.

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EU didin't come out on iPad until a few years later, anyway.

iPad pro of 2019 might have more juice that makes a port easier.

Moore's law is interesting sometimes.

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Werthead wrote:

The exclusivity is down to mods. Apparently Firaxis talked to Microsoft and Sony and the deal is that the mods still have to be approved by Microsoft and Sony in a process taking weeks (which apprently pre-this generation they said wouldn't happen, then it did), so Firaxis said screw that and basically ignored them. Also, EU and EW sold fairly mediocrely on console anyway.

Another part of the problem is the "randomly" generated maps. Apparently there's an enormous amount of hardcoding in the generation algorithms which prevent the maps doing crazy things and looking natural and logical. Even on a hefty PC the load times are a lot longer than for EW and EU (which only had 80 map combos to cycle through). Apparently it would be flat out impossible for a tablet to do the same thing and it would make the load times on even the XB1 and PS4 be unacceptably long.

A port is still possible of course: ignore the modding side of it, add controller support (that's coming anyway in the first patch) and drop the randomly generated maps in favour of an EW/EU system of having pre-fabs which cycle around. But that's a fair amount of work that Firaxis aren't interested in putting in right now. Maybe further down the line.

Thanks - I very much appreciate the insight as to why this is a PC-only release. I've logged a lot of time on the Xbox 360 and iPad playing EW/EU (with almost zero instances of crashing), and I'll continue to pine for a release on those platforms. In any event, I hope it sells spectacularly, whether or not the game ever makes its way to a device I am willing to use.

Is there a demo available to see if I can even run it? One of my great frustrations with PC gaming is the uncertainty of whether or not I can even run a particular game. Now that I understand it's the terrain generation rather than intensive graphics that requires the heavy lifting, I may re-investigate installing it on a laptop (I kept getting flagged as unable to run the game due to the graphics card).

Sovereign Court

Which graphics card do you have?

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I don't rightly know - it's a fairly new hybrid laptop/tablet with some standard Intel graphics card. I don't have the computer on me, but I can check next time I am at home. It's definitely not the kind of graphics card you'd put into a computer built for gaming (the computer was for my daughter to do school work, but she and my wife became so frustrated with Windows that I inherited it).

Sovereign Court

Yeah it's not gonna run it. That's integrated graphics.


Actually most of the games say they don't support integrated graphic cards. Which means that the designers did not nothing to make sure it will work on one... So its up to you if you want to take the risk or not. They often work, albeit at lower details, with overall loss of gameplay quality, and with increased RAM requirements above the listed by 1-2 GB because the integrated gfx card uses regular RAM. I played XCOM, Dragon Age 3, and Tomb Raider on my integrated gfx laptop with 8 GB of RAM. I managed to install Witcher 3 and play through tutorial but the quality was far below acceptable to continue beyond tutorial.

If my nefarious plan of getting XCOM 2 for birthday will work I may let you know about the results in about 2 weeks.

EDIT: However, my integrated gfx card is Radeon HD 8330 which is cut down version of dedicated Radeon which is almost certainly supported. No idea how will Intel one behave...


New sectopod is ugly :(


Werthead wrote:

The exclusivity is down to mods. Apparently Firaxis talked to Microsoft and Sony and the deal is that the mods still have to be approved by Microsoft and Sony in a process taking weeks (which apprently pre-this generation they said wouldn't happen, then it did), so Firaxis said screw that and basically ignored them. Also, EU and EW sold fairly mediocrely on console anyway.

Another part of the problem is the "randomly" generated maps. Apparently there's an enormous amount of hardcoding in the generation algorithms which prevent the maps doing crazy things and looking natural and logical. Even on a hefty PC the load times are a lot longer than for EW and EU (which only had 80 map combos to cycle through). Apparently it would be flat out impossible for a tablet to do the same thing and it would make the load times on even the XB1 and PS4 be unacceptably long.

A port is still possible of course: ignore the modding side of it, add controller support (that's coming anyway in the first patch) and drop the randomly generated maps in favour of an EW/EU system of having pre-fabs which cycle around. But that's a fair amount of work that Firaxis aren't interested in putting in right now. Maybe further down the line.

here's hoping they change their minds....

Sovereign Court

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Intel cards are not made for gaming whatsoever.


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You got it after all, eh Freehold? Good on ya!

Scarab Sages

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So... Avatars are enemies too. Worse than codex for battlefield position ruining.


Rathendar wrote:
You got it after all, eh Freehold? Good on ya!

I'm sure your kickback is already heading to you via snail mail.


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One thing i have started doing, for small personal enjoyment, is having the people i know (RL and from Chatroom atm) make a trooper i add into my soldier Codex. then i can recruit/use em in future games. (at the time of this message, you are still alive, Freehold!) Maybe some folks would be interested in posting some details (not real info) to have their own creations placed into other's games?

Scarab Sages

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Col. Reuben "Stinger" Rose, a Native American warrior who for some reason has his awesome dothraki braid disappear when he dons his Jason Mask. He chops fools like the Boy from Crystal Lake when he's not critting with nearly every shot.

Team Shot (older)

He looks like Casey Jones to my 3y/o daugther. So she calls him Casey.


Haywire Protocol has saved my butt more times that I can count. Take that Mr. Sectopod! Shutdown for two turns? WHHAAAHHHH!!!

Scarab Sages

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Ok speaking of sectopods, fun fact: if you're on a hacker and kill mission, hack one to mind control, then kill the last remaining enemy, mission ends and you don't get a sectopod wreck. Always kill your mind controlled enemies before the mission ends. The more you know!

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I've stopped getting attached to soldiers. Too much dying.

Silver Crusade

Hama, what mode are you playing on?

Sovereign Court

Mode?

I'm playing on Rookie difficulty.

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