Ok, oddly enough loading times a close to what I remember now - nothing outrageous. I don’t know what happened. Perhaps my laptop was doing something in the background eating up processing power without my knowledge? Nothing seemed to use the disk much outside PP, but perhaps there was something else going on.
I am not quite ready to make a new thread about my feedback, but I must say I am having a really great time so far. While there might have not been many sweeping changes since the release, I do feel the smaller improvements add up. The game feels more enjoyably balance (though I did drop to 2nd hardest difficulty, from the hardest - I think. That might be the reason as well), and game feels more reliable. I didn’t encounter any major issues with cover and line of sight which I felt were a plague in the release. The whole thing just feels better balanced as well.
I can’t express how much different a decreese in alien attacks make - so far it’s been a steady pace of exploration and defence, where in 1.0 I felt I was working as Vermin and Pest control for the other heavens.
I also keep encountering a healthier mix of human and pandoran enemies, which is great. Keeps things from getting too repetitive.