After having suffered through hours of Festering Skies I can’t begin to express how horribly frustrated and disappointed I am. I have played the Xcom, Xcom TFTD, Apocalypse, the two Firaxcoms, and Xenonauts, and I have no idea what the £^£%^$&!!!@@@! these guys are thinking. Setting aside the horrible disappointment and frustration of Phoenix point before Festering Skies, I was sincerely hoping that FS would be good. And initially it seems so. You get a mission to get an armed vessel, and the ‘ufo’ attack thing looks very nice with a few improments FROM THE FIRST GOD DAMN XCOM-UFO DEFENSE. You can use a dodge module to avoid damage. Yippee. Damn glad I have Xenonauts to play when I want to have FUN instead of screaming at the god damn motherfucking screen!
Ahem, anyway. Okay, so there is this behemoth. Can’t touch it. Can’t stop it. Can only watch it devastate havens YOU CAN’T FUCKING REACH YET and hope it doesn’t randomly fuck up your game. And it sends out smaller ufos to do mission. Great! We can get those, right? NO! NOT UNTIL THEY FUCKING STOP AT A HAVEN, AND IF YOU HAVEN’T DISCOVERED THE HAVEN IT JUST HOVERS THERE BECAUSE YOU CAN’T ACTUALLY CLICK ON THE FUCKING THING TO SHOOT IT DOWN!
But there is a bonus in all this Fucking Shit. When you activate a base you get a transport! Yep! You can actually save a LOT of money and time and not have to build your own! Probably to help with the behemoth and the spawn, right? But they aren’t FUCKING ARMED! Not even with the most basic of weapons so you can at least PRETEND you have a fucking chance against the new fliers!
Now, obviously I haven’t finished a Fucking Shit game yet, but as it looks now, even on easy it’s a roll of the dice if the Behemoth is nice and don’t destroy everything, or if the game that loves kicking you in the balls rolls the worst possible RNG and just well… treats you like a skinny guy in prison.
And since I am already a breath away from screaming just thinking about this game I might as well get everything else out of my chest so I can call it done and walk away. Instead of comparing to XCOM Ufo Defense which is better in EVERY FUCKING WAY or Xenonauts which improves XCOM Ufo Defense in pretty much every way I will simply judge and curse at PP by itself. Feel free to stop reading at any point:
Let’s start with something simple and reasonable. Base defense. You get a 24 hour warning before the pandys come by for tea and bisquits. Plenty of time to get back to your base unless you truly fucked up. Anyway, so you know they are coming. You know WHERE they are coming from. Why are the squad scattered in the most IDIOTIC positions? WHY aren’t they in the hallway with fucking barricades and guns loaded and trained at the fucking entry point? Who the hell thought it was a idea to NOT let us place our troops for the conflict? Are they absolutely fucking stupid? Why aren’t there defensive systems like there was in XCOM APOCALYPSE THAT’S 24 years old? Are the survivors of the mist really THAT FUCKING STUPID that they can’t imagine that hey, the pandies might want to assault our base?
What’s with the fucking factions? Do they WANT the fucking pandies to win? You’d rather kill each other than fight against the pandies? Granted, you don’t have to hold fucking hands but stop hating each other, you absolute morons! Is it just me or was this game made DELIBERATELY FUCKING AWKWARD AND FRUSTRATING ON PURPOSE?
Oh yeah, haven defenses. Simple calculator, pandy attack strength, defender strength. If the attackers are stronger, the haven goes down unless you rush over there to help. But what if you help when the DEFENDERS ARE STRONGER? Shouldn’t you be able to just hold position and watch the defenders slaughter the attackers? Oh, and shouldn’t the fucking defending forces actually be in some sort of engagement position with the fucking pandies? And the civs? In what country on EARTH do civs just sit there waiting for the enemy to come kill them or the friendly military come help them? They fucking RUN AWAY from sounds of violence and gunfire. They fucking did in XCOM Ufo Defense and Apocalypse TWENTY FUCKING FOUR YEARS AGO! Don’t tell me it’s too fucking difficult to program!
What’s with the random haven placements? Why can’t there be havens of all three factions around the starting base? How many fucking times do I have to restart the game to get the faction/s I want to build up with near me and in range of the first fucking mist? Oh yeah, which brings me to building reputation. The main way is defending havens, right? Why on EARTH would I want to take out the Pandy lairs that send attackers to the havens? That’s like crippling BOTH REPUTATION AND RESOURCE INCOME! You know what, in Apocalypse you could grease some hands and pay corporations to have them like you more. WHY NOT HERE? An ANU haven is really short on food, I mozy over there and give them some, and I’m the good guy, right? Why can’t I help them and they share some stuff with me? Why can’t I FUCKING TRADE FOR WEAPONS AND STUFF? What fucking reality do these people live in? But no, every game is the risk of a fucking four way war with pandies, New Jericho, Synedrion and Anu! Which brings me to the next lovely point:
The Blood and Steel cybernetics DLC. Which is great, because you can get a cyberhead IMMUNE TO THE GOD DAMN SIRENS who are overpowered psionic tanks. Great. Except here is another stomp to the balls. You HAVE to deal with The Pure, metal soldiers who ALL HAVE MORE ARMOR THAN YOUR FUCKING WEAPON DAMAGE. Thank you so fucking much! Oh, and get this. The ONE GREAT WEAPON IN THE GAME that could handle that is the Hel Cannon. Used to be a starter weapon, and I used it all the way to the end. Well, no more. An update promising more Phoenix Points didn’t add things on top of what you have. It REPLACED them and put the Helcannon behind research that you CANT DO UNTIL YOU ENCOUNTER A MEDIUM LATE GAME PANDY! So, instead there is the assault cannon, firing three shots at 60 dmg a piece. Which oh, yeah, doesn’t really blast the Pure like the Helcannon did! So what can you do? Throw fucking grenades at them repeatedly to shred the damn armor, or wait for research to deal with armor WELL AFTER YOU RUN INTO THEM! WHY on Earth can’t you just get the research from NJ and then NOT SHARE IT with subject 24? Fuck em! Or, they actually help you, or at least not help the pandies destroy humanity? How about that? Or maybe they just go after NJ to pay them back for the betrayal? That makes sense. And the same with the fucking mutants. Call it a religious dispute with Anu, or some other reason why they fell out, and that makes sense too. But no. Have to make the game as frustrating and irritating as possible, right? Every new ‘improvement’ has a bitter aftertaste.
Oh yes. Helcannon and assault cannon, just like the first game way back when. You could get different ammunition for those. Regular, Incendiary and Explosive. Any chance of getting that for Phoenix Point? Or is that too hard to program, even though Xcom Ufo Defense came out in 1994, TWENTY SEVEN YEARS AGO? Or do they think it would make the game too easy? Too fun? Too enjoyable? With that said, what about laser sights on the Hel cannon and NJ heavy machinegun? Or even recoil dampener on the machine gun?
Phoenix point is made stupidly frustrating either on purpose or because the creators don’t know any better. Is there really ANY reason why it is necessary to kill a triton to RESEARCH SHOTGUNS when we have had shotguns for decades? Why aren’t there abandoned gear and equipment? Any reason why you can’t visit a city and say… raid a gunstore or police station?
The deal with the earlier and far more fun games was that the aliens had superior technology and we were struggling to survive and catch up. It made SENSE. You go on a mission and you get overwhelmed because there are lots of aliens and their weapons smoke you while your CURRENT DAY WEAPONS SUCH AS RIFLES, SHOTGUNS, ROCKET LAUNCHERS, NAPALM and similar aren’t up to the task. What the hell is Phoenix Point? Why do you have to kiss up to the NJ to get incendiary grenades? Did NOBODY else on earth before the fall have anything like say… napalm? The only real tech is Synedrion, everything the NJ and Anu has EXIST ALREADY! Chemical warfare such as acid? WE HAVE IT ALREADY! Why do we have to go into the hives? Can’t we just bomb the site with our fliers? WE HAVE THE TECHNOLOGY! It wasn’t wiped out by the mist, it was just abandoned! It’s not like the hives are made by fucking Alien Materials! Drop some regular bombs on them and collapse the entrances!
Anyway, that’s enough for now. I bought Phoenix point with the four first DLC’s when it first came into beta or whatever it’s called. I don’t see myself baying any further DLC’s, or even playing it more than occasionally until I get fucking angry because I had such great hopes for it and such a love for the earlier games.