Posted 03 March 2006 - 02:57 PM
Apples and oranges Dover. Apples and oranges. The mind probe is slow, but it's not necessarily beneath the psi amp in usefulness. The mind probe can be used by anyone after you've had it researched. The psi amp breaks the game in the hands of a good psi soldier. The real difference is that the probe just reads the alien's stats, and is always successful. While the two psi amp attacks work differently and the success is based off the users skill. The panic attack does its magic at the end of the turn, and the mind control attack replenishes the unit's TUs and temporarily hands the unit over to you (not much of a deal with small units, but certainly one with large units). The mind probe just leaves the stats as is, and in turn can be invaluable for deciding whether or not to approach the alien (for melee or for short automatic bursts). Myself, I let my reserve troops use them (you know, the one or two soldiers that stay in the Skyranger who lift off once the whole squad gets mindlessly massacred, and sometimes operate the blaster launcher). They don't usually do much, so it's a great way to pass the time.
My first thought was that you have too many alien containment units. I don't think that has much of a bearing on it, but I ran a test and dismantled them all but the the one at the polar research base.
I completed research on the snakeman leader and sent the Skyranger to your research base.
I then hit that floater base, wiped out all the units but the commander (all this done through file editing trickery by giving all the aliens but the commander 100 critical wounds and stunning the heck out them all just to save time). Back at the research base, the floater commander was available for research.
So, in your case, try completing research on the snakeman leader, then raid the floater base for a commander. You've got psi amps, so you don't have to destroy the base. Just find the commander, march it back to the exits, stun it, then dust off.
If you don't get the commander, reload and dismantle your excess alien containment units and launch your assault from the research base directly (via anything but the Lightning. It just narrowly misses the floater base by a few pixels before hitting its fuel bingo point)
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