Yesterday i played a base-defence mission. This has to be the hardest mission i ever played in my whole UFOAM time. I tried to ambush the reticulans in a small corridor where two rooms were facing each other.
But: The enemy didn't show up. I waited almost 15 minutes but noone appeared.
So, i had to go and search for them, this was something i did not want to do as i had only two guys with big weapons (one Bfg4500 and one guy with two needlers) the rest carried ordinary guns, one of them even the standard shotgun.
So i silently sneaked trough the halls, keeping some distancce between my units to make sure one plasma shot doesn't kill more than one, but on the other hand kept them close enough to give fire support. Nothing happens for some minutes as i slowly go down a loooooong corridor in the time consuming way i explained above.
Then at a corner suddenly 5 (!) reticulans show up at the same moment. Here i needed to reload as i had options set to no pause during messages and got COMPLETELY wiped out in seconds.
Ok, after some VERY long and intensive fighting and even more intensive reloading i finally could overwhelm those five reticulans
Still, i had lost two units and my medic had to heal the rest.
ok, i thought, only three retis left to kill, easy meat compared to the five that appeared together. Well, so i thought. But around the next corner: A disco-reti!
To my BIG luck it carried a Heavy-PSI-weapon and could shoot at one guy only as the others were in cover. Even better: The controlled guy walked AWAY from my team, down the next corridor into a close-by storage room.
As the reti can control only one unit per controller, i decided to make an attack with my BFG-unit at the disco-reti. I got him in sight and shot in burst mode at him! He merely lost ~20 percent of his health! And worst of all: My controlled unit became "free" at that very moment and the reticulan turned around towards the bfg-guy. I could empty the magazine of the BFG in another burst at the reti before my unit was taken over. (good for the other units standing close-by). But at the same moment my now uncontrolled unit saw two retis standing directly in font of him!
Under usage of several more reloads and lots of different tactics i could
-stun and kill the two new retis
-weaken the discoreti and finally kill him with a knife in closecombat (thx to a surprise attack from another unit)
-Result: 8 dead reticulans (one of them a disco-one), 2 dead humans, 4 guys in the hospital. I could level up 5 units, one of them two times. The base was held.
Russian base? Area51? I don't fear you anymore, this mission was harder.
I kept reloading during the mission as i somehow wanted to find a way of defeating those reticulans with the weapons i had, even if i had flares and knifes only.
I took me at least ~25 reloads to do so
(I'm using the ComboMod and the Tough-AlienMod on medium difficulty, and the camera- and the skills-mod, too)