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    also for the love of FUCK, how can I set it to run in the background, when I have it alt tabbed? (it pauses)
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    Currently playing my first game in Classic Ironman.. I lost four countries to panic in the first three months and I was sure it was game over. But things seem to have stabilized now, I have Europe covered with satellites and a reasonable amount of veterans for my kill squad.

    It seems the only way to survive classic Ironman is to take the missions tediously slow, never move a man forward unless your entire squad is on overwatch or has both moves up. And, of course, the time-honored tactic from the old XCOMs of always having two of your sqaud be expendable rookies whose job is to take point wielding arc-throwers and spot the monsters for your sniper before dying horribly.

    A heavy's rocket to take out cover or the side of a UFO plus a sniper with In The Zone perk is just an awesome combo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by soldant View Post
    You should hold off on the alien base, because it's pretty damn difficult. My first attempt I lost absolutely everybody - most of my full squad got wiped out facing a cyberdisc, Mutons, and Floaters. Satellite coverage is pretty important so I'd work on that as much as you can - it'll bring in more money which will let you do more research and manufacture more weapons, because capturing can be pretty risky later on in the game.

    But don't wait for too long - the conflict continues to escalate. The longer you hold off, the more difficult some of the later missions will get, because the higher tier aliens will become more frequent, to the point where you'll mostly face the toughest ones, negating any head start.
    Okay, I did some mork regular missions and now I have a team with plasma/laser weapons + an elerium SHIV. This should work this time...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kadayi View Post
    Also albeit I started off playing the game using m&K I really disliked the mouse drift so on my restart I though I'd give the 360 controller a go and frankly it's much easier to use tbh.
    The patch pretty much fixed my mouse issues. The camera is still a pain.

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    How do you aim grenades and battle scanners with a mouse? That is a pain in the arse!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparkasaurusmex View Post
    How do you aim grenades and battle scanners with a mouse? That is a pain in the arse!
    It's horrible, I know. This is a grand game but there can be no doubt it suffers severely and needlessly from consolitis. But at least it exists.
    It often helps to rotate the map (Q and E keys I think) if you are having trouble landing free aim shots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuantaCat View Post
    also for the love of FUCK, how can I set it to run in the background, when I have it alt tabbed? (it pauses)
    Run it as a borderless window? Check the xcomengine.ini I believe its set to false as default

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    Anyone else found the abduction UFO encounter atrocious due to the way the level is designed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazy horse View Post
    'Is this what the Aliens do for fun? At least they aren't playing.. computer games.'
    Looks like they were playing the alien version of Kinect if you ask me...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duckee View Post
    Anyone else found the abduction UFO encounter atrocious due to the way the level is designed?
    Can be a whole variety of levels so your comment doesn't really hold water...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Swayze View Post
    Can be a whole variety of levels so your comment doesn't really hold water...
    As far as I know of, there is only 1 UFO (late game) which is classed an Abduction vessel?

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    Thanks for the tip! I've also realized it is easier if I turn down the mouse DPI (luckily I can do it with a single button press on the mouse) but still, it often thinks I don't want to aim where I'm moving the mouse around, but would rather jump 10 meters and aim somewhere over there! It's not so bad, but I have had similar frustrations (more rarely) trying to move between two different levels, or moving right to a ledge... it's like the game assumes, "you don't want to stand there, try here instead!" and won't let me select the actual tile I want. This does not happen with the 360 controller.

    Honestly the game plays flawlessly with a controller, but it takes something away from my involvement with it. Somehow I am just more immersed and have an easier time suspending disbelief when I'm using KB&M. But my blood pressure is healthier when I'm playing XCom with a controller.

    Fortunately it seems to be moddable (and obviously patchable). Can't wait for a true mouselook camera and zoom!

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    Paying on Classic/Ironman I managed to recover a plasma pistol on my very first mission - can anybody explain how I managed that? Such early plasma seems a bit cheatish, but again, how was it possible?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparkasaurusmex View Post
    How do you aim grenades and battle scanners with a mouse? That is a pain in the arse!
    Try raising the view elevation (default mousewheel). This seems to prevent some of the camera snap-back that happens right at the range limit for throws and rocket shots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeMonde View Post
    Paying on Classic/Ironman I managed to recover a plasma pistol on my very first mission - can anybody explain how I managed that? Such early plasma seems a bit cheatish, but again, how was it possible?
    I'm pretty sure you can't equip dropped plasma weapons until you researched them, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by buemba View Post
    I'm pretty sure you can't equip dropped plasma weapons until you researched them, right?
    I couldn't equip it, but it gave me the research option. I don't get why the pistol didn't explode as per usual.

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    did you capture an alien?

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    No. I am curious because this happened on the very first mission. I'm wondering if it was some kind of reward for taking no hits/using no grenades/low number of moves etc, but it hasn't happened since.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparkasaurusmex View Post
    How do you aim grenades and battle scanners with a mouse? That is a pain in the arse!

    I don't get the complaining,i play with mouse and its not hard to aim with grenades.
    ... I take the lives of a few to protect the lives of many. I commit acts of war to preserve the greater peace. I take no joy in killing, but make no mistake; I'll do what needs to be done. Because it's my job. It's my duty. My name is Sam Fisher, and I am a Splinter Cell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaftPunk View Post
    I don't get the complaining,i play with mouse and its not hard to aim with grenades.
    Unless the camera determinedly zooms in and locks to the thrower, refusing to sit still to let you throw a grenade a long distance at certain angles. Massive pain in the arse.

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