NOTE: Xcom Enemy Inside comes as a standalone enlargement on the consoles, and individually on the PC. Console variations incorporates the unique Xcom Enemy Unknown, in addition to all earlier DLC, together with Venture Slingshot and the extra customization DLCs as effectively, together with the Enemy Inside enlargement.
Xcom Enemy Inside is the primary main enlargement for Xcom Enemy Unknown, containing new gameplay additions and modifications, similar to MEC Troopers, genetic modified enemy, a brand new enemy to combat (EXALT), in addition to new alien varieties and council missions. Xcom Enemy Inside additionally contains much more new maps, with older maps modified barely to stick to the brand new MELD sport play mechanic, in addition to further multiplayer maps and model new second wave choices.
The extra sport play mechanics does a advantageous job of being carried out, with out altering the core features of the sport. You’ll have to make a alternative whether or not the MELD containers are definitely worth the threat of your troops, and the way you’ll spend the MELD you do collect. Do you create MEC Troopers, genetic troopers, or a mixture of each? It’s as much as you!
MELD is a brand new alien system characteristic on maps that apply to genetic modifications of troopers, or creating MEC Troopers and their MEC fits. On the map there can be 2 sources of MELD, which should be reached by a soldier after which activated earlier than the timer on it goes off, dealing injury to any close by items. MELD shouldn’t be an infinite supply, as any missed alternatives is not going to be current for those who go to the identical map once more. You possibly can collect some MELD from destroying Mectoids and I imagine Elite Floaters as effectively, however the beneficial properties is small in comparison with the MELD containers on the map. The MELD offers you a alternative of threat versus reward, and it performs out very effectively. One MELD container will typically be near your items, and the opposite one in a extra distant location away out of your items, begging the query of whether or not it’s price risking the lifetime of your troopers.
MEC Troopers are a novel addition to the sport, permitting a extra strategic choices of heavier firepower, at the price of completely making a specific soldier a MEC Trooper. Any volunteer for the MEC Trooper program may have their limbs amputated and changed with cybernetic limbs, which is able to enable them to function the brand new MEC Fits. Nonetheless, any MEC Trooper won’t ever be allowed to make use of standard weaponry, nor his human ability set once more, and can be ceaselessly be part of the MEC Fits, and can sport a extra robotic voice. This sacrifice offers them entry to the very highly effective MEC Fits, permitting them to make use of heavy weaponry, similar to mini-guns, rail cannons, particle cannons, grenade launchers, and so forth. There’s three tier upgrades to the fits, which you’ll choose one possibility between every one. Do you choose a flamethrower or the Kinetic Strike Module, as you can’t have each and operates just like common human ability units. They may also retain their stats previous to augmentation, so its finest to order them for larger ranked troopers.
Their authentic class previous to turning into a MEC Trooper additionally offers them a passive buff, and they’ll stage up and achieve new ability units for the MEC trooper as they get promoted. They’re nice when you’ll want to convey within the heavy firepower, particularly towards Mectoids and Sectopods, and different sturdy firepower items. You may also set them up for a assist function, utilizing restorative mist, and turning into a protect for different items, so the choices are as much as you!
Genetically modifying your troopers with MELD opens up model new strategic choices to your troopers. As you carry out autopsies on the aliens, you’ll uncover new modification choices for the troopers. There’s 5 totally different sections that your soldier can endure surgical procedure for. Mind, Chest, Eyes, Legs, and Pores and skin are the choices accessible for modification as you uncover new choices. These choices provide attention-grabbing sport play selections, similar to larger leg power to leap onto buildings, Bio-electric pores and skin permitting you to sense close to by enemies with out alerting them, and making your self proof against strangulation (Seeker assault). You possibly can even give his / her mind neural suggestions, which is able to trigger psi assaults towards them to be repelled again to the attacker, inflicting an excessive amount of injury, and placing all their psi assaults on cooldown. In order you possibly can see, you possibly can nice some attention-grabbing genetic troopers, and they’ll change in look as effectively, as a result of their arms can be extra uncovered of their armor. As with MEC Troopers, they are going to be out of motion for a time (normally three days), besides when you have a soldier with a number of surgical procedures prepped for him, then it is going to be three days for every surgical procedure, and can be out of motion till being launched.
Exalt is a brand new enemy group you’ll battle in Xcom Enemy Inside. They’re a terrorist group designed to hinder and take down the Xcom group, and are alien sympathizers, and can do no matter it takes to decelerate the undertaking. EXALT operates through cells on this planet, and this opens up a brand new Covert Operations menu within the state of affairs room. For a payment you possibly can scan and find EXALT cells, and ship an operative inside to disrupt their work. Covert Op troopers can solely use a pistol and an merchandise, and put on no armor, and when the time comes for an extraction, it’s essential to ship in a squad to take down the cell and extract the operative, or he / she can be misplaced. Weaponry obtained from Exalt can be utilized by your personal items, and have the identical base stats as XCOM created gear of the identical sort. For every operation accomplished towards EXALT, you’ll achieve new details about their base of operations and the place it is likely to be situated. You possibly can accuse a rustic of harboring them at any time, however making a false accusation will make nation go away the undertaking and add one other mark to the Doom Tracker, so select correctly! In case you select accurately you possibly can launch an assault on their base of operations, and if profitable, take them out of the combat fully!
There’s 2 forms of extraction missions. One entails defending the info in a “king of the Hill” fashion sport participant, the place it’s essential to shield a sq. space with the pc inside from EXALT from hacking it and finding the opposite transmitters. The opposite mission your covert operative should hack two EXALT Comm Arrays after which proceed by getting the operative to the Skyranger Extraction Level.
XCOM enemy Inside additionally contains two new aliens to battle, the Mechtoid, and the seeker. The Mechtoid is a Sectoid inside of a big bi-pedal mech just like the MEC Trooper fits, and simply as harmful. They will even obtain thoughts merges from different sectoids, giving them a protect above their regular hit factors.
The Seeker is a squid-like floating enemy which may stealth and go invisible, and can then hunt down lone items to be able to strangle them. They’ll reappear and strangle their goal, slowly killing them and making them unable to behave whereas within the act, though there’s genetic modifications and objects that assist towards strangulation. They like “hit and run” techniques and can typically strike once you least count on it.
Along with a base protection mission, and together with Venture Progeny (which was initially a scrapped DLC, however redone and included in Enemy Inside), there’s further Second Wave choices (choices that may drastically change the sport in quite a lot of methods), adjustments in sure expertise and stage ups, and rather more. New objects has been added, similar to model new grenades, and model new foundry adjustments, which works with the brand new MEC trooper additions.
General Xcom Enemy Inside is an incredible enlargement to an already wonderful technique sport, and doesn’t hamper nor hinder the unique sport's core features, and is an instance of how enlargement DLC ought to be accomplished. I personally look ahead to extra XCOM from the firaxis workforce, and in case you are a fan of Xcom Enemy Unknown (2012), then it is a should for you