Ok. I have not and I don’t think you mean the mindfragger that hopped onto your soldier’s head. So, it looks like I am still early in the game? That’s shocking, in a good way. I guess there are a lot of content then.
In the Veteran mode that I started this game in, I did not reload at all. My soldiers were wounded, yes and a trip to the medical bay or med-kit fixed that. But they didn’t die, which caused me to conclude that the Veteran difficulty is too easy.
As I restarted in Hero, two of my agents died in the first mission. I also didn’t reload, as I am curious how this will progress. So far, so good. No reloading is required, but I am really early in the game now. My first Nest mission had just appeared. But, I like this difficulty level because I have to be more careful in my playthrough and plan my soldiers’ placement and overwatch properly. I now know that my team can get wiped out.
My play philosophy of playing Xcom-like is not to save every turn but if things go awry, I will restart the mission, not reload.
Now, I fear for my current playthrough after reading what you said, Tom. Maybe keeping that Veteran save game is a good idea!