Pete, on 06 October 2019 - 07:36 AM, said:
I think my comeuppance will be in the USA though - I'd built a radar station there and it detected two large UFO's, one small and an extra large. I couldn't shoot any of them down, but I've landed the Skyranger at the XL and so far have only had one solder mind controlled (laser weapons and power armour meaning that poor guy isn't doing much damage so far
Can someone remind me - if I survive - is there a way for me to stop the USA going over to the aliens once this activity has begun? I vaguely recall you can if you shoot down all the UFOs, though I may have imagined that. Is it possible by sweeping the XL UFO clean or is all lost? I guess they could be building a base, but the landing sites are really spread out so I'm thinking infiltration instead.
Small/large/large/very large = base
Small/large/large/very large/very large = infiltration
Also, if you zoom in on the landing sites, infiltration lands on cities while base lands out in the countryside.
If you pay attention to the speeds of the UFOs, you can also tell whether one of the Large UFOs is a Terror Ship (max speed 4800, vs. 3200 for Supply Ships); there's only a Terror Ship on Infiltration.
Infiltration cannot be stopped, only delayed (by shooting down UFOs on that mission).
Also can someone remind me if I can redirect the Skyranger to the two large UFOs on the way back and clear those out too?
No. This is why it's good to shoot them down, so that the crash site lasts a while.
One thing I don't like in the game is that the goodies you get from clearing a mission seem to arrive straight back in the stores before the Skyranger - is that right or am I imagining it?
It's right. They didn't fix that until Apocalypse, and even then it's a bit weird (you can't re-arm troops out of "captured" items, even those dropped by your troops; you need to stop off at base to be able to access them).
Pete, on 07 October 2019 - 08:24 AM, said:
I mean, I was losing an average of 1-2 soldiers in the early missions in the first month playing carefully, but maybe having swept through 3 terror missions in 3 months and only encountering sectoids and floaters might be a clue? I can't remember exactly when the Chrysalids come out to play
Race distribution is not affected by difficulty.
Snakeman terror missions start in April, although if you're especially unlucky you can get Snakeman Infiltration, Base or Retaliation missions in February or March (these will bring Battleships and in the case of Infiltration Terror Ships, which have Chryssalids, but there won't be civilians).