So I just started with XCOM2 this weekend. I'm not having the same experience with you where the statistics seem baked, but damn the macro game is more cutthroat now. The last game had the problem that you would often be waiting around with nothing to do in the command screen, but if anything this one has the problem of too much shit happening at once that it's hard to advance on any one thing. Meanwhile the death counter keeps going up at an alarming rate and all the objectives to counter it are in areas I can't access. It seems like I'm bound for a reset because I didn't understand certain macro-game mechanics as well as I needed to and now I'm screwed. It plays a lot like the last game, but with an extra dose of frustration.