I must admit that I am enjoying BB5 and can see this is going to be a good game. That said, there seems like a lot of story missing and some major issues that would be hard to address in a month. For example, I am on my 3rd play through and I am getting much further with each play. At times I even think I have the aliens on the run (hit many lairs, nests). Unfortunately, I have never found another Phoenix base in any of the play throughs. That was fine the first time, but in the last two, I have covered, with many scans, at least 80% of the map and probably more. Also, in the 3rd (current) play through, the New Jericho diplomacy mission required me to go from the Middle East to the bottom of South America. This is a huge problem, because it appears they have the most useful early tech. As a result, I don’t have access to improved arms and munitions. In the last haven defense, I ran into a new alien - and it had goo, could release a mindfragger, could smash you to pieces and roughly 1250 health points. I had no armor shredding weapons. All I could do was run and hit it with grenade after grenade to bring the armor down. I won the battle and no one died, but two of my soldiers had under 50 pts left. I ran out of grenades except for the grenade launcher and I bring a bunch. Two soldiers fired so much they ran out of ammunition. Oddly, at the end of this mission, I got a Disciples of Anu shredding shotgun and a couple magazines. Unfortunately, I can’t manufacture them, despite being allied with them. So, I no real way of taking down heavily armored opponents except the grenade launcher. This kind of imbalance is nuts. I felt like I played that haven defense very well and I was one bad turn away from a complete wipe. I did finally complete the first New Jericho diplomacy mission and just found the second. After completing that, I will get the tech, but I could easily face another haven defense or two with no shredding weapons.
Right now, Dash is over powered. I like it, but that is just the truth.
It’s hard to believe these kind of balance issues will be resolved that quickly.