Raiding for technology now cost -6 faction standing instead of -20…-30 before. And now, we can steal all starting faction technologies without becoming at war with faction.
Faction defenders at heavens. In the early game they help a lot! Especially, if you gain control on them at first-second turn.
From Synedrion mission at 25 standing dissapear Siren ;( It was always there, but now this mission become boooooriiiiing…
From scavenging missions 2-3 pandorans always retreat from map on the first turn. And 3-4 stay to fight. May be bug. And if scavenging against humans - they don’t have incoming reinforcements. May be bug too.
Last time I played before Dereleth, game was easy from mid game, intresting in the beggining. Now, after Danforth, it become easy almost from the start and it’s very sad for me (
I play on legend.
What I have seen on my current playthrough (also on Legend) is that except the Chiron on the first Anu mission, no Sirens or Chirons appear on any mission (including special missions) until the first Lair (then I had a Haven Defense with one Siren). Interestingly, there were no Chirons or Sirens in that Lair, but I have started to encounter them since then in other missions.
EDIT: if, as I suspect, the appearance of Sirens and Chirons is tied to appearance of Lairs, I think it’s great, narratively.
Yes, the early game (the first month, I would say) is as a whole easier than the last iteration. However, the difficulty curve is also smoother and the difficulty does increase, IME. The thing is how long the increase in difficulty can be maintained before the curve starts dropping off.
Haven’t played this game since December but I can’t believe how much easier the game is now.
Most enemies are shredded apart in seconds by the basic assault rifles even on the 10th-20th missions. No tactics seem necessary anymore, just point and shoot.
Skills aren’t even necessary early game it would seem, can easily get by without leveling anyone up… and why? (mostly because of 1, and more on that on 3)
Enemies just walk out into the open, expose themselves and often set up overwatch into areas that don’t even have the range to hit your units. They will often move to a good spot behind cover, then use up the rest of their AP to expose themselves for no reason before ending the turn.
I’m playing a Forsaken Scavenging Mission on the third week of this game on Legend difficulty. Three Level5/6 units and a Scarab. One has basically no armor an a sniper rifle/NJ pistol, one has heavy armor + fury rocket launcher + ANU shotgun, one has assault armor and assault rifle, no cross classing. First turn I ran all of my units on top of the building in the middle of the map, with two Forsaken immediately in sight with only enough AP left to fire a fury rocket and warcry… did so, disabling the two. They regenerated limbs, moved a few spaces BACKWARDS (exposing themselves more) and did nothing. The rest of the Forsaken moved a few spaces towards the building, set up Overwatch that didn’t even reach the building and stood out in the complete open, which allowed me to use all of my AP to shoot them with everything I had… they did the same thing the next turn, so did I… they did the same thing the next turn, so did I… they (guess what!) did the same thing the next turn (and some were panicking by now too) and so did I… They all died without taking a shot on my paltry squad or using a single ability.
I’m not bragging, but this is kind of boring considering the faction has all heavy armor and a variety of other capabilities they aren’t even bothering to use. Where’s the Frenzy? Where’s the running their melee behind cover to end their turn, incrementally closing in on me? Why is the Priest unit literally moving two spaces at a time and overwatching from a distance he can’t reach and nothing else while the rest of his squad continues to close in slowly in the wide open, dying each turn? I didn’t have to move a single unit past the first turn? Also why do I have to then run around and collect all of these crates for 10 turns with no opposition?
My Only Suggestions:
Have humanoid enemies actually try to take the crates for themselves and also evacuate off the map, with the mission automatically ending when all enemies have evacuated/died and you getting the rest of the remaining crates automatically.
Have Pandorans start off with less enemies on the map, with increasing amounts of reinforcements coming over time or something.
Edit: That being said, these missions are still better than the old scavenging missions. Also, I had one Lair and it was a lot nicer than I remember it being. I liked that I had to evacuate after killing the spawnery and how much tougher it was… however the Sirens are seemingly as dumb as these Forsaken now and aren’t doing anything remarkable or frightening and it’s still possible to disarm your troops and run them at the siren and use them as WP bait if need be, both saving them and wasting Siren turns. There’s apparently no evaluation on how to hurt me, and they just do whatever is easiest for them even if it makes no sense.
You are right, there are occasionally some very odd behaviors from enemies, especially the Foresaken. I wonder if it has to do with the short range of their weapons? So at the time of evaluating their move they consider closing the distance to the player as a bad move because they can’t attack on the same turn and it will leave them more exposed?
Sometimes they do behave adequately - at least close the distance.
This must be a bug/missing feature, same as with the ambush missions. I don’t recall ever seeing the Pure or the Foresaken arriving off map (receiving reinforcements).
I wont comment arguments. I just want to say that it is better that game can be considered as too easy rather than as too hard. In time it will be tweaked. If devs will change something then I hope that they won’t introduce anything like next “increase in acid damage requested by players”.
I personally have no problem if a game starts easy (better moderately) at the beginning, even at a higher (not highest) level of difficulty. I would not be bored then because the beginning was “preparation” for the growing challenge until the grand finale.
However, the challenge should grow as the game progresses, which is not the case at the moment (too much power on the player site in mid to late game) or is even not possible (many exploits).
Yes, even if you forbid yourself certain game features (super skills), the second half of the game remains not very challenging or surprising. With all game features, including DLC super toys, the game is not enjoyable for me.
Edit: Fortunately, the DLC can be switched off
(I like the idea, the lore and even the visual design, but not the OP game mechanic [skills of the equipment])