I am attempting to finally play the original X-Com in anticipation of the new one coming. Problem is, I suck at it. Specifically, I suck at the ground missions early on. No matter how I outfit the guys, no matter how carefully I deploy them, the outcome seems the same: half the guys get one-shotted by hidden aliens and a few others panic. And I’ve read that these early ground missions – against small UFOs that have crash-landed – are supposed to be easy.
For example, in my latest try I have ten guys out on their first mission, all (obviously) rookies. I waited a bit before this mission to tech up to improve their weaponry.
-Three have laser rifles, laser pistols, grenades and smoke grenades.
-Five have laser pistols, stun rods and grenades.
-Two have laser pistols, stun rods and smoke grenades.
-And the party has also brought along a tank/laser cannon for good measure.
I deploy in four pairs, splitting up the three with laser rifles so they’re paired with one of the five with only a laser pistol. One of the pairs trails behind the tank. Two of the guys stay behind on the Skyranger.
I move them out slowly, carefully, crouching, and leaving enough time units to fire an auto-shot. They fan out in four separate directions. Invariably, as I’ve said, some of these guys get taken down immediately by unseen aliens, thus leaving their partner going solo. And it goes downhill after that. Guys are panicking quickly (don’t blame them). In my last try, with the above set-up, I found two aliens hiding on the roof of the farmhouse. Four set out to sneak upstairs and nail them. Only one made it up alive. The tank almost always seems to get spotted and taken down by a few alien shots.
So, this game is hard. But I’m determined to get better. I at least would like to complete one friggin’ ground mission. So advice from veterans on how to survive even the first ground mission is greatly appreciated.