Whatever flaws PP has with its basic game-play are absolutely nothing compared to nu-xcom. It had been a few years since I had played XCOM-2 when I started that thread, but after starting up a new firaxcom-2 campaign wow Wow WOW is it so bad.
Admittedly nu-xcom is miles ahead of PP in cut scenes, voice-overs, and other presentation aspects, but I think those are the only advantages whatsoever nu-xcom has, and PP is very very obviously better in its basic gameplay. While I do think my original criticisms still stand, they only do so in my subjective vacuum.
I do think something does need to be done about the super-soldier issue, but I think multiplayer/ VS mode/ regular challenges take a backseat to any game-play balance issues. Those modes will reveal any glaring issues while stressing PP’s greatly improved game-play all while offering great marketing opportunities.