To coin a phrase from Julian Gollop himself: two weeks ago, I lost and I didn’t even know it.
Now that’s partly my fault: I’ve been deliberately taking my time, exploring different builds and strategic options - generally enjoying the game. I also didn’t invest in enough Research Labs early on, which is really biting me in the bum now that I’m at the endgame.
But the biggest problem is, from the Antarctica Mission onwards, the game just drags!
[THIS NEXT SECTION CONTAINS MAJOR PLOT SPOILERS]
From the very first cutscene in the game, the story sets you up to expect the solution to the Pandoravirus to be in Antarctica. So when you trigger the Antarctica Mission, you think: “OK, gotta get to Antarctica to finish this thing - makes sense.”
Only turns out this isn’t the final mission - far from it. There’s some thing called the ‘Yuggothian Entity’ that you have to research. O-K… I’ve heard about this beasty from various less-than-unSpoiled forum posts and unredacted references in certain threads (Seriously people! Just because you’ve got all the time in the world to race through this game, doesn’t mean everyone can finish it in record time. Have some consideration and blur your plot spoilers rather than ambushing the rest of us with them in the middle of a thread). So you research that… and it isn’t over yet.
To give you some idea of my trajectory in this playthrough, when I triggered the Antarctica Mission my reaction was: “Hmm, Antarctica. Makes sense. Gonna be tough to get to, but it’s an interesting challenge. Nice one Snapshot.”
When I completed the Yuggothian Recepticle, my response was: “Oh for F!*£’s sake!”
Says it all
So as I say, I’m at 98% ODI, and as far as I can see, there is no end in sight. I lost 2 weeks ago, and I didn’t even know it. I thought this game was supposedly designed to avoid that kind of pitfall.
SUGGESTION: It would really help if you shaved at least a day off each of the final plot research times. Sitting around waiting for them to mature gets old really quickly (with apologies to the player who I challenged over this a few weeks ago - I had no idea I hadn’t actually got to the endgame yet).
Please don’t respond with Spoilers about what to do next. I want to find out what mistakes I made by myself, and hopefully learn from them - and I want the final mission to be at least some sort of a surprise: rather than ‘Oh, well I clearly have to go into this with a Squad that’s Willed up to the max and doing a lot of long-range damage-dealing, cos from what I haven’t been able to avoid on the forums, it looks like Mr Yuggoth does MC on a grand scale.’