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#1 greep



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Posted 14 July 2011 - 02:41 PM

Which is more important to spend money on in the beginning of the game (past your first 50 scientists)? I really can't decide if I should go for 100 scientists or just build radar sites everywhere. On the one hand if I go for research when I actually build the radar sites they can instantly go hyperwave, but I really don't like going a month and only getting say one uso.

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Posted 15 July 2011 - 12:52 AM

You really need a decent balance of both, as they go hand in hand. But at the beginning, I'd say concentrate on research - as you want to be able to fight back against the aliens more efficiently, and the aliens deliberately generate missions in your home zone for the first month. As money becomes available, start building a network of detection outposts.

The most important thing is to not rush things and only expand within your means.

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Posted 15 July 2011 - 07:23 AM

I agree with NKF
balanced expansion works best in XCom2

personally my first object is 50 scientist + 40 engineers
just enough to make some money from particle disturbance sensor
and research sonic pulsers as fast as possible

second base is placed when I wait for next laboratory

next strategic goal is 100 scientist and go straigth to sonic oscillator
starting with sonic pulsers :)
sonic pistol, blasta-rifle, and cannon

if money are available sometimes I put my 3-rd base in the mid-time

finally sonic oscillator for every barracuda/manta/hammerhead/leviathan
and now ... only dreadnought can do any harm to your ships!

I tend to ignore gauss weapons research line
until I need Gauss Cannon for money department :)

after I have oscillators I start to build bases all arround the world

do not underestimate the power of sonic pulser!
( yes ... I did it too in the past :D )
it is the best grenade in both XCom1 and XCom2!

as for sonar stations
I tend to build standard sonars first, cause they will be build fast => 12 days ( ONLY 2 days after general stores )
and cost less ( in both construction and maintanance cost )
than wide arrays or transmission resolvers if I have them

this way you will have some detection in half the time of 'standard approach'
its better to have some detection in the area, than no detection at all


Edited by yarrow, 15 July 2011 - 07:43 AM.