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Old 11-06-2012, 03:01 PM   #31
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Re: Xcom Enemy Unknown

Same here, but my second Psi was a guy who'd been with me from about the second mission, and he got the final shot in, so I was happy.

That Psi Tempest thing was amazing; I only got to try it once but it took out two Sectopods.

There was something strange about the last mission too; it was by far the easiest of the game. Though I was only playing on normal.

But I will shut up now for spoilers sake etc.
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Old 11-06-2012, 06:20 PM   #32
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Re: Xcom Enemy Unknown

I came darn close to losing my entire squad again during my first encounter with an ethereal. I wasn't on the verge of losing the game this time, so I should have just retreated when things got dicey, but it was an important sounding mission and I wasn't sure when I'd have another chance to capture an ethereal device. Also, by the time I realized how much trouble I was in, leaving would have meant abandoning one of my veteran soldiers who was unconscious and bleeding out near the enemy ship. I sent in some medics to stabilize the wounded soldier, but each attempt at a rescue mission resulted in more and more soldiers needing to be rescued.

I did succeed in rescuing most of my soldiers in the end, and in completing that mission and capturing the enemy ship, but things could have very easily gone the other way. And I'm not sure I would have been able to build up another newbie squad from scratch. It would have been much safer to just retreat


Other than that, though, it was relatively smooth sailing until the final mission. The two newbie soldiers who survived the insane terror mission from a few posts back were both eventually promoted all the way to major, and they were able to help build up an extremely deadly squad of soldiers.

All of my surviving psionically gifted soldiers were still relative newbies at the time the gollop chamber was completed, so my elite squad of veterans had to escort one vulnerable newbie throughout the final mission.

I lost several more soldiers (including one of the two heroes) during the very final encounter, but was able to secure victory!


I am so, so glad I didn't restart the game at the 10 hour point when I thought everything was lost. I had so much fun just trying to survive for months and months, and then coming back to actually win was thrilling.

-508 Aliens killed
-92 Soldiers lost
-366 Days spent at war. Over a year!
-60 Hours of total playtime (though at least 6 of those hours were spent customizing soldier names/appearances).
-Classic Difficulty Ironman run complete!

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Old 11-07-2012, 08:03 PM   #33
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Re: Xcom Enemy Unknown

That is pretty awesome, well done.

Hoo-Rah!
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Old 11-26-2012, 10:20 PM   #34
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Re: Xcom Enemy Unknown

finally picked this up, as it went down to $24.99 today. Just played the first 2 missions and love the whole package. Nothing feels overdone, and the tone of control and time to kill planning moves just feels luxurious.
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Old 12-01-2012, 08:58 AM   #35
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Sweet; that's a good price for such a recent title.

Let us know how you get on - definitely one of the better games this year.
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Old 12-02-2012, 07:49 PM   #36
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Re: Xcom Enemy Unknown

just got my clock cleaned, twice.

Operation: Glass Whisper? Fortaleza, Brazil. Took a 5 person squad and lost everybody. One map corner had the alien marines, down the block 2 stickmen running point, and then the building blew up and a hoverdisc and several floating eye things came out. The attack order was merciless. Couldn't work it, not enough cover.

After a couple of tries and losing everyone I restarted and got a map with lots of low cover, a street being repaired, and all the aliens were in a nest at the end of it. This time I took a 6 person squad and lost 2 members, but felt satisfied I'd done a good job.

I could see where if someone was a completist this game would make them a nervous wreck. I've resigned myself to losing people, just not too many.
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Old 12-04-2012, 05:53 AM   #37
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Re: Xcom Enemy Unknown

If you're not loosing people in XCom you're playing it wrong

I think I'll do my next run after the holidays. Let's see if I finally manage classic ironman.
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