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    Some of you may remember the EoFF run I did of XCOM: Enemy Unknown. Despite falling apart near the end (largely due to my own incompetence and a few technical difficulties), I feel I learned a lot. I have had more success since moving to Twitch in both keeping runs going, and in getting them fully recorded and uploaded. I recently managed to complete a run of XCOM: Enemy Within, and I am looking to start a run of XCOM 2 shortly after the game launches.

    I will unfortunately be traveling out of town on the launch day. However, I will use that time to create a character pool, and should be ready to start streaming and recording early on the ninth when I return.

    Should any of you be interested in watching or taking part in the run, I would love to have your participation. Having an open stream will make it easier to give me feedback and input, and it also makes it easier to record the action to show later in the thread.

    For those interested in getting started with building your characters early, here is a video showcasing most of the customization options (everything except voice and female faces):


    Again, I will begin building the character pool early, and it will include several friends from IRL and other sites.

    The stream itself should begin on Tuesday, February 9th, and videos will be uploaded to YouTube and linked here with highlight commentary.

    When you have decided on any or all of your customization options (or if you just want to take part and build your character as we go), feel free to post your decisions here.

    Don't forget as well that you can write a character biography to have it put into the game. And don't be afraid to make them ridiculous!

    I'm looking forward to seeing all of you there, and hopefully we can fight off the alien menace successfully this time.

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    Yay! I was hoping you'd do this again since the game is $80 Canadian (and I may break down and buy it anyway despite my lack of disposable income). I'll get my class up this weekend at some point hopefully.

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    The only reason I want a gaming PC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharkythesharkdogg View Post
    The only reason I want a gaming PC.
    Yeah, this one's not getting a console release. They had far more success on the PC, and they can have far more mod support on there. They're actually releasing a full set of builder's tools, similar to those for Civilization V, which will allow people to build mods and levels with far greater ease than what was done in Enemy Unknown.

    But you can still design a character and rush off to battle with me!
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    Ooh, I am looking forward to this.
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    I'm thinking of going with a pure gunslinger sniper but I haven't looked at the other classes yet.

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    I've been debating for a while what difficulty to play on. The tactical game in Legend looks like a lot of fun from previews, but I have a lot of concerns about how the strategic game may play out. I also know that most people showing off preview copies tweaked the game files to speed up upgrades and such so that they could show off more content before hitting the cut-off point. And such things usually look easier than they wind up being.

    The Difficulty Options are (IIRC):

    Normal
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    At this point, just to be on the safe side, I think I'll start on Veteran, though I may go to Commander if it is proving too easy.

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    I think you'll have more fun one on whatever the equivalent of 'Classic' is. I regret not completing EW on Classic, taking painful losses is a big part of XCOM. I worry if it's a bit too easy you'll lose a lot of the fun, especially​ in a stream format.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skyblade View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by sharkythesharkdogg View Post
    The only reason I want a gaming PC.
    Yeah, this one's not getting a console release. They had far more success on the PC, and they can have far more mod support on there. They're actually releasing a full set of builder's tools, similar to those for Civilization V, which will allow people to build mods and levels with far greater ease than what was done in Enemy Unknown.

    But you can still design a character and rush off to battle with me!
    Oh, right! I forgot about that part.

    Hmmmm. I'm not sure how much input you're looking for on how the characters are handled.

    I'd like some flavor of gene-modded sniper. I typically gave mine stuff like improved sight, reflex shot, and jump to access places quickly.

    If you only need one and Vivi called it first, I'll be an up close, gene-modded shot gunner. Improved constitution, reflex, cloaking, and that kinda stuff.

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    There's no such thing as too many snipers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fox View Post
    I think you'll have more fun one on whatever the equivalent of 'Classic' is. I regret not completing EW on Classic, taking painful losses is a big part of XCOM. I worry if it's a bit too easy you'll lose a lot of the fun, especially​ in a stream format.
    Valid point.

    I'm mostly just worried about losing the strategic game. I know some of the basics, but I'm really worried about how it might play out. But I guess, since it's an LP, more wacky hijinks is better.

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    The only reason I want a gaming PC.
    Yeah, this one's not getting a console release. They had far more success on the PC, and they can have far more mod support on there. They're actually releasing a full set of builder's tools, similar to those for Civilization V, which will allow people to build mods and levels with far greater ease than what was done in Enemy Unknown.

    But you can still design a character and rush off to battle with me!
    Oh, right! I forgot about that part.

    Hmmmm. I'm not sure how much input you're looking for on how the characters are handled.

    I'd like some flavor of gene-modded sniper. I typically gave mine stuff like improved sight, reflex shot, and jump to access places quickly.

    If you only need one and Vivi called it first, I'll be an up close, gene-modded shot gunner. Improved constitution, reflex, cloaking, and that kinda stuff.
    No gene-modding that we know of as yet. The closest thing I've seen so far is weapon customization. Which I probably won't take input on. But we can definitely take more snipers.

    Though, honestly, all the classes are looking viable. The new Heavy (Grenadier) is SO much better, in my opinion. Their Grenades can be used after moving (unlike Rockets), they can equip different types, and they get a host of other useful abilities. Plus, they can actually hit things!

    The Specialist is looking REALLY interesting. Almost a pure utility class. I'm looking forward to experimenting with it. It can hack objectives, manipulate enemies, remove Overwatch, boost Defense, remote heals, etcetera.

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    So I was going to do a write up of myself as a character (and I still might), but I was watching the character customization vid and they have a smurfing boonie hat as an option. So I feel obligated to make my first character be none other than...

    Bio

    Name: Mick "Crocodile" Dundee

    Nationality: Australian

    Class: "That's not a knife. THIS is a knife!" (Ranger)

    Appearance: Hello Ladies (also if you could give him a cigar that'd be sweet)

    Bio: Crocodiles are no longer the most dangerous game. Mick fights to preserve the Australian way of life from invading alien scum.

    Attitude: Happy-Go-Lucky


    I only included pertinent details. Hopefully it's enough to get started but let me know if I need to add more.

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    I recruited myself in my game and I got promoted to sniper so I'm going to say it's destiny and run with that here. I care not for most visual edits to my character. Just make sure the colour scheme is a bright red and purple with some black in there somewhere.

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    I think I'm just going to give up on this.

    I played through the tutorial missions on Commander difficulty to make sure the game ran okay (after the absolutely abysmal performance when it first started up), so that I knew I could stream it.

    I wiped on the second tutorial mission five times, and lost my favorite soldier on the one time I succeeded (even though she was in high cover and one of the least open soldiers on my squad, she still died in one hit). So, I am sick of the Veteran mode, and I'm not going to play it for a hell of a long time. The way the game forces you to sprint for everything or just give you a Game Over, while not giving you many tools to deal with what's thrown at you is just pissing me off. It wouldn't be fun to watch.

    I then stumbled into a couple issues with the Character Pool that just enraged me further. Even though Firaxis gives you the option to set someone's class, it means nothing. Once you recruit them as a Rookie, they act as every other Rookie, and promote randomly. Which is BULLtrout. Oh, and my customization options for Fox didn't save properly, as the character wound up with a hairdo I didn't choose and a pair of sunglasses that I didn't authorize.

    So, overall, I'm just mad at the game right now, and I'm unlikely to go through with the LP. I'm not going to play on Commander again until I'm much more familiar with the game, and even if I did, I'd apparently just fail a lot. So I won't have much entertaining content to provide. Sorry.

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    Bummer. I was looking forward to this. I've always been terrible at XCOM so I live vicariously through these LPs.

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