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406  Community / Off-Topic / Re: XCOM (Reactions, stories, let's play setups, etc...) on: November 15, 2013, 02:46:34 PM
And they seem to avoid MECs.

MECs are like Titan armor that you can get at tier one, since they are immune to poison, fire, strangling, etc.  The tradeoff is that you guarantee that they won't become psionic, which you need to win the game.

Seekers can be found with either the Battle Scanners or one of the skin G-mods... or you can be cheesy as all hell and use the movement grid to check for random 'unpassable terrain' squares and use explosives to force them to uncloak and then tear them to pieces.

You can also autopsy seekers to unlock Respirators, which makes you immune to poison and strangle.  Add Tactical Rigging (Foundry) and you can give them to all of your troops.

Or you can just keep everyone together and make sure some are on overwatch.  Seekers decloak before attacking, and anyone on overwatch gets a shot before the strangle happens.

Actually, you remember Tara, the one showing off the EXALT laser rifle?  It seems that the Seekers really like chasing redheaded vixens.  The first mission she was on had a pair, and both of them strangled her.  First time she was saved by the team sniper, the second time the sniper missed, so the team heavy had to do it.

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What?  I told you guys, I have a lot of screenshots of this game.
407  Community / Off-Topic / Re: XCOM (Reactions, stories, let's play setups, etc...) on: November 14, 2013, 11:48:22 PM
Well hey, what do you know?  I've got precisely 5000 screenshots of this game.  Smiley
408  Community / Off-Topic / Re: XCOM (Reactions, stories, let's play setups, etc...) on: November 14, 2013, 02:23:53 PM
Oooh, you definitively need to turn on Training Roulette, it's so much fun.
Main reason I didn't was because I wanted my first playthrough to be un-modded.
I was thinking about the Roulette and liking the idea, even for the curveballs on the first Enemy Within run.

It also doesn't effect MECs, and I was specifically aiming for 'em.
409  Community / Off-Topic / Re: XCOM (Reactions, stories, let's play setups, etc...) on: November 14, 2013, 01:42:27 PM
Oooh, you definitively need to turn on Training Roulette, it's so much fun.

Main reason I didn't was because I wanted my first playthrough to be un-modded.
410  Community / Off-Topic / Re: XCOM (Reactions, stories, let's play setups, etc...) on: November 14, 2013, 12:26:01 PM
Dunno how high you can jump, only tried it a couple of times.

About as high as all the other jump abilities (Thin Man, Chrysalid, G-Mod), aka "as high as you need to".  To compensate, it has a one-turn cooldown after the turn that you use it, so you can't go jumping everywhere.  I've mostly used it to get on top of the larger UFOs (chased down a Cyberdisk with three MECs that way once), and I've even glitched my way through the roof (to get a Heavy Floater that did the same thing Grin).

Doesn't matter though, because kinetic punch is glorious, and if they're too far away to be punched you can always railgun fools.

I could try to count the number of screenshots I've taken of the punch in action, but I'm afraid it might take all day.  Tongue
Seriously, I've punched a lot of dudes so far.  An EXALT through a shipping container here (both sides, legs flailing), a Chrysalid into a truck there (hurting Beetle Bailey in the process.  Yes, I put Beetle Bailey in here, mostly because of the old-fashioned military bowl helmet), destroyed an extremely expensive telescope to get a Muton...

I've even punched a Sectoid Commander out through the wall of the Abductor UFO command room.  It was quite cartoony. 

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Seriously, MECs are awesome, and if it wasn't for the rather high cost in Meld I'd happily field an all-MEC team.

I'm already up to four (two maxed, one tier two, one standard on the way to tier two), which I used to get an achievement ("Field a squad with 4 augmented soldiers, each with a different base ability and win the mission") on my way to another achievement ("Field a squad consisting entirely of augmented soldiers and SHIVs (min. 4) and win the mission").  Of course, I'm playing on Normal (just to get the feel of the new stuff, I swear), so that may have something to do with it.

Next go-around, I'm switching on the soldier randomization Second Wave options (including the new Training Roulette) and doing a G-Mod run.


I also want to add that, despite the awesomeness of the new stuff, that something that probably slipped by some people makes EW even more awesome: Officer Training School tweaks.  Three major ones in fact:
-Don't Die On Me has been removed, replaced by a G-Mod (second heart) that functions the same in practice.  This one I don't mind, since I tend to be "all or nothing" when it comes to being taken out (even if a soldier survives, I probably won't use them after).
-Lead By Example was added, which confers your squad leader's Will to any of lower rank near him.  So now you have a good reason to bring a Colonel on a mission, as long as you keep him/her close to your squad.
-Iron Will is now a Sergeant level perk, instead of Major!  This one is major for me, since I had always waited to get it before bringing my avatar into the game.  Not only do I get to bring him in earlier, I also am more likely to use the squad that I used to get the perk in the first place (before their Will usually ended up being so low that I ignored them afterwards).

Finally, giving personally named medals (that give bonuses!) to people who may or may not deserve them is a nice touch.  I'll admit that I sunk all of them on my guy (as you could see in the pic above), even before I had fielded him.
411  Community / Off-Topic / Re: XCOM (Reactions, stories, let's play setups, etc...) on: November 13, 2013, 11:55:15 PM
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Now, for those that don't know, there is a new human faction called EXALT.  Now EXALT has their own weapon designs, chiefly the Assault Rifle and LMGs (Sniper Rifle and Rocket Launcher use the same design).  Of course, they also get Laser weapons, which, to set them apart from XCOM's dedicated R&D, are actually modified ballistic weapons.  You actually see them on the cover of the box.  They are very cool looking.

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HOWEVER, because EXALT's tech is meant to lag behind XCOM a bit, by the time you face their ballistics, you already have your lasers built.  And by the time they get lasers, you're on your way to building Plasma.  Of course, you could just build up your armor instead, but still, you probably won't have many chances to use 'em.

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412  Community / Off-Topic / Re: XCOM (Reactions, stories, let's play setups, etc...) on: November 12, 2013, 07:55:33 PM
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413  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: November 12, 2013, 01:18:26 PM
Well here's the state of gaming today:  I pre-order the physical PC copy of the game at Gamestop (I have my reasons for it).  I go to pick it up today, and the guy has to go out back to get it.  Why?  They only have the one disk of the PC version in stock.  Why?  Because I specifically pre-ordered it.  Lol.  Roll Eyes
414  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: November 11, 2013, 08:18:50 PM
Campaign complete, onto Enemy Within!
415  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: November 10, 2013, 12:24:11 PM
Whatever else is happening in three days, I don't care.

I'll be playing X-Com!

I actually need to finish an in-progress campaign I've been dawdling on, since we can't port over save files.

I'm also looking forward to the thousands of screenshots I'm going to be making.  Tongue
416  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: November 09, 2013, 09:57:55 PM
Heroe of the Storm Cinematic Trailer

The big Blizzard crossover MOBA comes to light.  You will probably be seeing me rocking top with good ol' Jimmy Raynor.

The MOBA: because recycling assets was never so lucrative. Roll Eyes

On the bright side, it's f2p!  Also, I'm just a sucker for crossover games..
By the by, I'm going to have to amend my last post: I'm gonna be rocking top with good ol' RED WHITE AND BLUE [1:39] Jimmy Raynor.  Grin
417  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: November 08, 2013, 04:48:36 PM
Heroe of the Storm Cinematic Trailer

The big Blizzard crossover MOBA comes to light.  You will probably be seeing me rocking top with good ol' Jimmy Raynor.
418  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: November 03, 2013, 10:14:43 PM
So I occasionally swing by Steam's Greenlight program to tick a vote here or there for games that I find interesting (I probably won't buy 'em, but I can at least give them support), and one such game that caught my attention was a game calling itself After Reset, a self-titled "hardcore sci-fi post-apocalyptic role-playing game" in the vein of classic games like Fallout.

Short version: Earth becomes united under the United Governments (which is essentially US takes over the world), aliens attack, UG is forced to nuke the planet (but not before hiding in underground [yadda yadda]), 132+ years afterwards UG decides to resurface, finding mutants, survivors, aliens, etc.  Fairly basic, though a basic that interests me.

Currently Greenlit, and will probably be starting a Kickstarter soon, so keep an eye out for it.
419  Community / Off-Topic / Re: XCOM (Reactions, stories, let's play setups, etc...) on: November 01, 2013, 12:58:40 PM
So concludes the X-Com project.

...at least until the Enemy Within files get declassified, and the usage of genetic engineering, cybernetic enhancement (ROCKET PUUUUNCH!!), and possible XCOM attacks on subversive human forces comes to light.
420  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Food on: October 31, 2013, 11:30:01 PM
So, what are some of the favourite quick eats people like to make?

Take a pair of hotdog buns, balance them on end, opened up.  Slice of cheese, hotdog in the middle, another slice of cheese balanced on top.  Then I take both (I usually use a paper plate, but any washable microwavable plate will do) and microwave for two minutes (time will vary depending on machine).  Take out, squirt any topping you like (mustard on top of ketchup, cause that's what I got).  Eat.

...What?  Alright, it might not be master class, but it works on my budget.
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