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Which Let's Play X-COM UFO Defense series should I watch?


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#1 Extrocomp

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 08:40 PM

I've been watching Let's Play X-COM videos on YouTube and the ones I've seen so far are terrible.

LordFinisher played the game on Beginner difficulty and didn't bother to research any autopsies or live aliens he didn't have to, preferring instead to go straight to Cydonia.

Necroscope86's series was even worse. He picked the Veteran difficulty and claims to have used XCOMUtil to fix the difficulty bug, but the aliens' stats show his game was actually on Beginner difficulty all along. He did research some autopsies and live aliens, but his UFOpedia was nowhere near complete when he decided to end the game. He always pronounces psionic as "fizonic" even though he pronounces "psi" and "psychic" correctly. And worst of all, his strategies were often incredibly stupid and he used of repeated game loading whenever a valued soldier died.

I'm looking for a Let's Play series where the player has completed the UFOpedia, or at least come very close to doing so.

I'm also looking for a Let's Play series where the difficulty is Veteran or higher. On Beginner difficulty the aliens' armor and firing accuracy are halved, making the game disappointingly easy.
The only way I know to find out what difficulty they are using is to wait until the player mind controls an alien so I can look at the stats, but that only happens late in the game if it happens at all. I've also heard that it's possible to find out the difficulty by counting the number of aliens on terror mission and large ufos. Does anyone know if this is true?



There are dozens of Let's Play X-COM UFO Defense series on YouTube. Does anyone know which ones are good?

#2 Wrider

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 04:14 AM

I allways enjoy kikoskia's "let's play" vids

youtube name : Kikoskia

He plays on Veteran, I find him very entertaining

#3 Extrocomp

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 07:07 AM

I allways enjoy kikoskia's "let's play" vids

youtube name : Kikoskia

He plays on Veteran, I find him very entertaining


No, Kikoskia played on Beginner because of the difficulty bug.

Let's Play X-Com UFO Defense Again 12 (00:37) shows that there were 11 aliens in the terror mission. In a Veteran game, a terror mission is supposed to have a minimum of 13 aliens.

http://www.ufopaedia...=Terror_Mission

His "Super Antarctic Challange" series is also on Beginner difficulty.

LordFinisher's "Superhuman Antarctica Challenge" series is the only one I've found so far that is genuinely on Superhuman difficulty.

Edited by Extrocomp, 20 March 2012 - 07:08 AM.


#4 Wrider

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 01:08 AM

hmz indeed, you are right.

I think other then that there aren't that many let's play's that really take that into account I think?

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 08:16 AM

I've been enjoying this one so far. Can't confirm 100% that the difficulty bug didn't creep in (it's a tough one to hammer down) but I don't think it did judging by the aliens that showed up for his two back to back base defenses.



He also doesn't filter troops or save scum, which is a nice change compared to some of the other LPers.

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 11:36 AM

If he's using XComutil like he mentions, the bug should be fixed.

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