So I’m a bit over halfway through a Necronomicon Legend campaign with the new DLC – just got to the end of January, allied/aligned status with all factions. Game’s definitely improved at the moment, but I’m struggling to figure out how the LoA content is supposed to fit into the game.
I’ve currently got one Living Crystal quarry under control. To do that I had to do the following:
• some research
• mission where I murdered some NJ soldiers
• built some Archaeology Labs
• blueprint missions where I murdered more people - done 2-3 so far and they never seem to stop
• build probes
• deploy probes, wait
• built more Archaeology Labs
• find a site, fly to site, spend a load of resources to start an expedition
• wait some more
• go clear the site
The site enemies are ridiculously hard compared to the rest of the game. I got swarmed by something like 10-12 of those guardian things all at once, each of which had a ton of HP, a deployable shield with even more HP, and a weapon as powerful as a sniper rifle. Once I saw how powerful they are I wanted to run away, which was when I discovered that the evac point was on the far side of the map (apparently the designers really don’t want you retreating from these missions). So I had to fight my way out. Ran through all my medkits and full magazines of gauss sniper and grenade launcher ammo, but I got lucky and won without losing any soldiers.
So I figure, okay, I was obviously underlevelled/underequipped for this fight, but hey, after all this work, I should get lots of rewards, right?
Nope. I get a quarry with a Phoenix Point symbol on it. Waited to see if it’d produce anything but it didn’t. From reading forum posts apparently I’m supposed to get a ‘Lapidary’ (whatever that is) and leave a manned aircraft sitting at the site (seriously?). So I have to kill more people for another 200 tech 1000 materials aircraft and leave it parked there forever?
Now, obviously part of the problem is that the UI is horrible and makes it completely unclear what you’re supposed to do. That’s not my big problem. My issue is this:
Given how many resources you have to sink into these sites and how ridiculously hard they are to clear, what on earth is the POINT of doing them?
I mean, the idea is that at the end of all this you get some special OP weapons, right? But the Ancient Guardians at the sites are already harder than every Pandoran in the game! If you can get a team that’s strong enough to consistently beat the Ancient Guardians, then you can complete the game easily. That one Living Crystal quarry was harder than the final mission of my Cthullu campaign!
• if you CAN’T clear LoA sites, then trying to do the LoA content will get your A-team killed and will either cripple your progress or lose you the game
• if you CAN clear LoA sites, then you’re already so ridiculously strong that you can just head for the endgame and win the campaign already.
What’s the point of getting super-powerful weapons if you have to face super-powerful enemies to do it? At the moment I’m still struggling through the LoA content but it’s starting to feel as though from a strategic point of view, you’re better off just ignoring the LoA content completely.