Well im always up for it (will have to be after 9:30 tonight though, going bowling) ^^. Had so much fun last night.
From my (the aliens) point of view, i thought the balance was decent witht the rules that i stuck to, by sticking to 1 region until you found me gave you a fighting chance, if i rotated my patrols every time there probably would have been even less interceptions. I think it needs an increse in radar strength (but im not sure if multiple modules does this in tts).
Replacing UFO`s on the aliens side isnt that hard, i just made it hard for myself by not building extra workshop type thingys (it was my first game as aliens, was unsure what the buildings do
), now that i have been playtesting most of the night on singleplayer with aliens i know better what the buildings do
As for the tactical battles, facing a human opponent is much more thrilling than pasting the ai, the balance is in favor of xcom in the early game in terms of 14 troops (or 10 and a tank
) facing a max of 8 in a large scout, but from the view of the alien player if i can take out 4+ of the xcom forces (officers if im lucky, i can make the others panic) then i count the mission as a success.
Teching plasma first slowed me down, but it also allowed me to get rifles, which negated the personal armour when Vet got it
, Plus on the aliens side research is directly tied to the abduction missions i send my craft on.... the more they are intercepted the less research i get (and vet did a good job of intercepting my small scouts)
However with the introduction of the large scout and some bigger ships i think i can negate the xcoms numerical advantage, also most of our fights had been in the dark too, which gave me the advantage due to the aliens better night vision
But all in all im definatly looking forward to more (and it was very fitting that in one of the missions, my sectoid had 4 contacts, and the tu`s for an aimed shot - picking a random soldier it fired and killed him, then i got a message from Vet saying it was the one he renamed after himself, made me lol)