Marseille, France. Operation Final Secpter.
Right off the bat, there’s some good cover. Most of them are half-cover, but the alien pods and the notice board provide full cover, which is good. I decided to send my team to cover, and put most of them on overwatch. Nothing interesting happens because there’s no contact, but the team is ready to open and clear the office.
Two Sectoids barge in right in front of the entire XCOM squad, and to their surprise, they end up getting killed by the squad who used overwatch.
After that, three more Sectoids come in from the west, and they take cover. XCOM does the same, but now it’s a good time to tell you guys why Hunker Down has its problems: If you Hunker Down, then your line of sight is reduced, meaning you can’t see far. I learned this the hard way by having two men getting hit and reduced to one HP. This is impossible difficulty, after all, so expect your people to die swiftly.
I can tell you that I recommend using Hunker Down for other reasons: It doubles your cover. (Especially in full cover), and you are immune to critical hits. Good thing these two aren’t down from the count, right?
Whoops, sorry about that. I forgot to take a lot of screen shots, and to sum it up: EVERYONE DIES. I’ll skip the intro mission and I’ll continue the LP when I succeed. I promise you that I’ll do a Classic Ironman run if I screw up one more time.
And I did. Now it’s time for Classic Ironman as XCOM heads to an office building in Cologne, Germany for Operation Soaring Grave.
You might ask, “Hey Att, why didn’t you go near the building and take cover in these cars?” Well, there’s full cover on the brick walls outside, and that’s useful. The squad plays a game of leap frog until Aya Ghalib is annoyed by the chittering of weird sounds, and she overreacts by throwing a grenade over the brick wall… Which proves her suspicions right, as the squad sees three Sectoids flying dead after the grenade exploded.
After a while of playing leap frog and going to the other entry point to the parking lot, another group of Sectoids appear, but they are smart enough to take cover. That is, until Aya told the people with grenades to provide fire support in the form of grenades from behind the wall. The Sectoids are not in a good position thanks to her. And after a few seconds, Operation Soaring Grave is over, with no XCOM casualties. Only a single car got blown up, however.
Meanwhile, in the XCOM base, the scientists are researching Xeno Biology, and the engineers made two med kits and they are working on a Satellite. A few days later, the alien abductions strike, and between the choice between 4 Engineers, 4 Scientists, and 200 credits, XCOM will take the scientists upon mission completion. Operation Silent Smoke will begin in Rosario, Argentina, and trust me, it’s anything but silent.
Right off the bat, XCOM touches down on an isolated grocery market and library, and they split themselves up into two fireteams: One at the front (Gasebowne and Roux, aka Fireteam Alpha), and one that will enter from behind. (Ruk and Aya, aka Fireteam Bravo)
Fireteam Alpha spots the two Sectoids picking out what human food to try out, and they make a run for it, noticing Fireteam Bravo coming from behind. Fireteam Bravo got some trouble in their hands as Sargas Ruk got hit by enemy fire. He overreacted by firing a rocket on the two Sectoids, and I’m pretty sure the store manager will get angry when he comes back. Fireteam Alpha couldn’t concentrate on the mission because of the country music that is blaring inside the store, but they pressed on nonetheless. After a while, both fire teams spot four Sectoids on the field, and chaos ensues. Fireteam Alpha provides covering fire from the grocery store, while Fireteam Bravo goes in the library to flank the aliens. The aliens are smart enough to take cover, with the exception of the lone Sectoid who decides to charge into Gasebowne’s reaction fire, and Roux delivering the killing blow.
Aya decides to charge through the library, but another Sectoid managed to wound her, prompting Ruk to throw a grenade at the Sectoid, killing it with explosives. Ruk is fit for a Heavy, and he wrecks things up, even though he causes so much property damage. Roux leaves the grocery, knowing that he can’t concentrate when country music is blaring on the store. Aya declares that it’s killing time, and she runs up to the Sectoid in front of the library and kills it, while Roux flanks the other and delivers the final shot. Operation Silent Smoke is a marginal success, since 3 out of 4 members are wounded. Luckily (Or unluckily), Gasebowne is now a Sniper, while Aya is now a Corporeal.
When we get back, tune in for more alien asskicking, XCOM soldiers dying, and spamming of overwatch! (Until I get Enemy Within, in which it’s replaced by “Get the meld!”)