XCom is a game that has many functions running simultaneously. We have found quite a few bugs that will only occur when a computer is running slowly. For example, szmind had one bug only and always occur whenever the 'power saving' mode of a laptop was turned on (i.e. it was moving slower). Another bug was reproducible only if a player had been playing for many hours. With new features/functions that we code we literally have to say "don't run this for 3 seconds" to make sure other functions will finish first, in case they take longer than normal. It seems like bugs will occur if the memory storage gets too restricted or the computer too slow. Having said that, even on a really old (20 years) laptop the game still runs with minimal problems. Still, I have 3 recommendations for players:
So, why choose Rapid Fire over Rapid Reaction? Well, once upon a time, long long ago, I had an A-Team squad of 8 soldiers fighting a pitched battle on a Supply Raid mission. There we are, in good defensive position, my shooters on a cliff, the assault too far forward, maybe one soldier has a scratch, only about 3 enemies active. We had been fighting continuously for many turns, activating one pod after another, but managing to keep it under control... And then the command pod comes over the train, right on my flank. Everything goes to hell. On this critical turn my Rapid Reaction Ranger was in good position but without ammo. He spent one action reloading and the second action was overwatching. What else could he have done? shoot once? A MEC predictably rocketed the Ranger breaking the overwatch, and splitting me open like a cracked egg. The squad wiped, and I quit the campaign. I dissected this encounter like no other; reevaluating all my tactical decisions, squad composition, and every class build. I decided that my principle mistakes were leaving my flank open! over-extending! and awakening the command pod! A lesser revelation was that Reaction Fire Rangers are not very good in a prolonged fight. Yes, they are incredible openers, but what about when the fight spans 3 or more turns? They can potentially take more total shots; a possible 4 instead of 3. But it means you must leave at least 3 enemies alive and mobile, and those enemies must cooperate with your plan, running from cover rather than just shooting. There are a lot of ways that this can backfire. Some enemies have Shadowstep, others high dodge, others high innate defense, others may run through cover. Codices can teleport instead of running, then disable your overwatch with a psi bomb. Gunners can suppress you\u2026 and of course MECs can rocket you.
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Overwatch Ignores Concealment is a little change with a huge effect, allowing your overwatch to fire off normally even while your troops are concealed. You no longer gain the bonus chance to hit that vanilla concealed Overwatch enjoys, but in return, you don t have to jump through hoops to get your stealthed troops to react anymore. As an XCOM:EU vet, this mod is one I really enjoy I prefer starting fights on the alien s turn instead of starting ambushes during mine. It s a definite boost to the player s lethality from concealment, so consider increasing your game s difficulty to balance things out.
Finally, while the above mods all pull off some fairly big changes to XCOM, Recovery Turn System takes the cake for absolutely changing the game. Players of other tactics games or more traditional tabletop RPGs will be familiar with the idea instead of moving your entire squad at once, and then all the aliens moving next, this mod has each individual unit act in order based on their mobility score, making it more similar to an initiative based system like Dungeons and Dragons. This completely changes how the game is played; no longer can you use your entire squad s strength to wipe out the enemy before they can act, with combat instead becoming a constant exchange of shots and abilities for each engagement. Whether it makes the game more fun or not is up to you - at the very least, it s well worth a look for how radically it mixes up the XCOM formula.
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