When I started playing this game again recently, I wanted to go for a "perfect game", one where I gain absolute dominance of the planet, total coverage by well defended bases, laugh in the face of multi-battleship assaults, pick and choose where and when I want to fight with uber elite squads, and have no worries about money (WITHOUT needing to necessarily fund myself from raiding, except Elerium of course).
That's basically my definition of "winning" X-Com. Screw Cydonia and making the game end.
My biggest question is, long-term, am I doomed to eventually have all the funding nations (except Russia, which is apparently immune) withdraw, no matter what I do?
The reason I ask, is because I had a kickass game going, with EVERY nation not only on board, but also with all of them increasing funding every single month as well. I have six intercept bases ringing the globe, all with hyperwave, 3 with assault teams (Europe, USA, East Asia). I have multiple Avengers and many Interceptors all with dual Plasma, a really crack team of soldiers at my main base, and getting started on Psi. My perfect game is within reach.
Then comes April... and CHINA LEAVES NO MATTER WHAT I DO!!! GAH!!!
I have replayed this entire damn month so many times, it doesn't matter. China increased their funding in March like everyone else, but at the end of April they withdraw, no matter what.
I mean, I have an assault base IN CHINA, with Hyperwave, two Avengers and an Interceptor... and I have support from Australia, Europe, and Africa. Anything that so much as blinks in the eastern hemisphere gets blown out of the sky instantly.
Always around the 16th, I get an Infiltration fleet, of a few smaller ships followed by two battleships, and then an alien base seems to appear spontaneously. I've tried assaulting both battleships on the ground, I've blown them out of the sky, including with both over the ocean before they even reach China, and I patrol like a mad-man with save-and-reload whoring, and stomp the alien base the second it shows up.
NOTHING WORKS!!! ARGH! This frustration is essentially what drove me to seek out the collective wisdom of other X-Com players on the net, and why I am here.
Is this simply inevitable? There's absolutely nothing I can do to prevent this? Does this mean ALL the nations (except Russia) will eventually follow suit, in a long enough game? Would playing on Beginner make a difference? (I'm currently playing Experienced)
One other question... I have the Windows CE Gold version. It plays too fast (still playable, but annoying at times), is there a good way to slow it down? Is it worth trying to hunt down the DOS version and get it running in DOSBox? (I don't really care about Blaster Bombs not being able to go straight vertical in CE.. they're powerful enough as it is) Are save games between the two compatible? (Ie, if if start a game in CE, can I transfer it to DOS later on?)
Thanks in advance for any replies.
Edited by Morwynd, 08 January 2008 - 07:24 PM.