Many improvements were made to make it better from xcom...and since it is still in beta testing...everything is not for sure statistic-wise and probably won't for a very long time. I am hoping my new item set will be implemented soon.
Recently...the mutons armor was boosted up to 70 front, 60 sides, 50 back and under because their health is normally 125 in the original xcom and ufo2000 can only get up to 80. Now mutons will be stronger than ever. Currently the muton armor patch is only for the beta, and will be in the next stable.
The sectoids are weak as they should be...but at least they are a choice to put for an offensive unit.
Flying suits now fly and cost 200 more in the beta. The cost raise was due to the fact that they have a better advantage in air over ground units.
There has been items added to the item list for the beta, item balances, small launcher can launch alien grenades and small bombs. Small bombs were called stun missiles, but are now called stun bombs because they act as a grenade as well as ammunition for the small launcher.
I also have the orignal xcom and liked it, but wanted to see bugs fixed and certain things changed. So I looked for patches and found ufo2000. I was surprised to see it as multiplayer.
I have been playing ufo2000 since March of this year and still enjoy it.
Today the new stable release of ufo2000 is being pressed to high priority to get done so we can introduce the new features since not many know about the beta versions and some don't play them because they are for "beta" testing. We are hoping the child issues of the stable release will be done faster since we are trying to focus on the stable release and nothing else for the time being.
To Slaughter: I need to gather some info on ufo2000 still don't I?