You could succeed with onlt NJ squad soldiers, final mission, but you could not with DoA, their lack of Tech, specially grenade launchers, SR and Technician using healing/recovering body parts, and Turrets, making them too weak.
Even its sub-faction can’t fight properly mid-game in Scavenging or haven attacks missions, you wipe them out with Heavy/Sniper from a distance
They are fast, Priests have MC, Iconoclast SG is poweful, but at the end they are inferior to New Jerico and Synedrion
They don’t panic, they can’t have disabled body parts, they can sense and scare enemies and even mind control them… It is not powerful? One thing that bothers me is lack of armor… but still not too much.
the priest is an insanely strong class, the ability to simply pull flunkies from the enemy is strong. the viral effects apparently boosted in the latest patch as well, giving priests the options to put enemies in endless panic spirals much faster then before.
panda acid weapons have been affected by the nerf, but player acid weapons have not. umhullu and sanctifier can be used to strip targets and make them vulnerable for the iconoclast…if one doesn’t want to use the berzerkers armor break skill.
mutation tech gives acces to strong armor and various special abilities…
when using anu classes and equipment, I can’t say its weak. often clunky to use but not weak. when fighting anu I have to say they are the easier faction to deal with due to their focus on close range. (note that, a hammerblow, point blank iconoclast or nergals wrath hit will still hurt) where syn has its pinpoint accuracy and deadly stealth snipers and jericho has brute strength and explosives (well explosive weapon…its mainly the fury that gives them an edge, they are pretty bad at using their deceptor).
I don’t like 'em. I don’t use their troops because I don’t like the magic powers. For me you could take them out of the game and i wouldn’t shed a tear. I’d amalgamate them with the forsaken and rewrite their entire backstory. Having them as corrupted havens that actively disrupt PP operations with haven corruption contibuting to a reformed doom meter. But this would be with other changes i’d make to the pacing and scale.
I hate facing Syn on open fields, but I’m even more afraid of Anu jumping out of the corner with their shotguns.
Maybe an AI tweak would do the trick - make sure that they don’t end their turn in the open (unless they’re attacking), but rather in some cover, out of player’s LOS. Since they’re fast anyway, they can easily afford to sacrifice few movement squares for increased safety.