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zebra2  ·  936 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: /quit: X-COM 2

So I did end up getting it. I haven't downloaded it yet though.

Question about the Long War though: is the difficulty increase from vanilla to LW as it was with Enemy Within? I had a blast with LW in Enemy Within until I got to the sectoid dock mission, then it was just too brutal for me.

Devac  ·  936 days ago  ·  link  ·  

This is about Long War for the first game, I haven't played the XCOM 2 yet.

Long War is… very different. It's hard, but for me, it was mainly about having to shift the gears from old mechanics to something new.

- You need to maintain a large roster of fairly evenly trained troops, as there is fatigue on top of longer recuperation time. Seriously, you want to have about thirty mid-tier troops over a dream kill team of officer specialists.

- Research requires more time, so you might find yourself still fighting with laser weapons sixteen months into an invasion. IMO it's enough for end-game, but your mileage may vary.

- Deployed squad size is larger, but your opponents have better cooperation procedures.

- Panic isn't as erratic when it comes to changes. Everything you build, from satellites to interceptor bays, will have an effect on it. Same goes for its destruction.

- Many more little tweaks like that, I can go on if you want.

It's hard, but I don't know if I would compare it in a 1 to 1 relation. You need to take your time, both in-game and out. It's a Long War after all. Also, Wiki is a frigging lifesaver!

If you like quality Let's Play videos, I can recommend Beaglerush's series on Long War.

zebra2  ·  936 days ago  ·  link  ·  

When you played Long War did you play it with the Enemy Within expansion? I'm wondering because when I played it with the expansion, there are some missions that have their difficulty designed on the vanilla game, but when you apply the LW changes, the difficulty spikes to exceptionally berserk for just that one mission.

Devac  ·  936 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I did play it with the expansion, yes. It's actually a mod for this expansion so it was balanced accordingly. There were a few bastard missions, but none of them were unwinnable.