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Another day, another X-Com blog. Today, I
will be giving you a step by step walkthrough of a mission. I have nicknamed
this mission “Operation Gamescom” due to the location and the soldiers. This
was one of my favorite missions I did, so here is the story of how Gameinformer
Editors fought off an alien horde.
A UFO landed in Germany,
and it is up to my team to stop it. Who is that team you ask? GI editors. My
dream team consists of Jeff, Riener, Meagen, Matt, Kato, and Adam. Jeff and
Riener will be leading the squad, and the rookie Meagen will have the role of
using the Arc Reactors.
My squad boards the
Skyranger and they take off to the German countryside. The team lands near the
UFO, and there is cover all around. I position Captain Marchiafava behind a fallen
log, and move Adam ahead of him to take cover behind a pine tree. I send Kato
behind a closer log and go into overwatch. I send Riener off of the beaten path
behind a log to the right of the launch zone and send Matt up next to Adam.
Finally, I send Meagen off to the left of the drop zone.
A strike team of
Mutons approach my position and assemble a few yards away from where Adam and
Matt are hiding. Hangtime takes a shot at a Muton with his heavy laser weapon, and
the shots miss. Adam shoots off a rocket at the group of Mutons, taking six
units of each of their health away. Helghason scores a kill with his laser
rifle, and I move Meagen up to flank their positions. I move up Riener to flank on the right, and I
send Kato up to the front lines. He takes a shot at a Muton, and the beast
crumbles to the ground.
The remaining muton
runs out of cover and tosses a grenade. Five units of health are taken off of
Matt, Kato, and Adam. Kato panics and ducks his head down, increasing his
defense by 50%. I regain control, and the Muton is now in range for me to
approach with Meagen. I send Meagen behind a cover spot and fire my Arc reactor
at the last Muton. The Muston gets successfully stunned, and it collapses. I
move Adam up to farthest cover spot, and two more Mutons are revealed along
with the entrance to the UFO. They scuttle off into the darkness, and I send
Riener up to deal with them. Riener takes a shot at a Muton with his laser
rifle, and it deals six points of damage. I finally send Helgheson up to
Meagen, ending the turn.
The Mutons scatter
into cover, and one of them shoots Riener, taking away five hit points. I move
Adam and fire at a Muton. The shot misses, but the Muton’s cover is gone. I maneuver
Jeff up to Adam’s old spot, and he takes another shot at the Muton. It misses
as well, but his holo targeting has made it easier for others to hit it. I send
Kato next up next to Adam, and Riener finishes off the Muton. I send Matt up in
front of Adam and Kato, revealing two thin men inside the UFO. One of the thin
men retreats deeper into the UFO and the other runs into the forest. To end the
turn I send Van Burkleo behind the log in between Kato and Adam.
The two thin men
fire on matt, and his health is reduced to just two. The final Muton retreats into
the darkness and out of my soldier’s range. I send Riener up to a cover spot
closer to the UFO, but the hiding Muton had overwatch on. Riener is hit by plasma
head on, and he barley makes it to the cover spot alive. Thankfully, he as
three medkits and I order him to heal himself. I send Helghason closer to the
UFO, and he is in range of a thin man. He fires his laser rifle, and the thin
man bursts into acidic blood. I move Meagen up to find the hidden Muton, and I
put her in overwatch. I send up Adam to the right of the entrance to the UFO,
and he becomes in range of the Muton. Sadly, his turns are moved up, so I order
Jeff to approach it and go in overwatch.
approaches my soldiers, getting in Hangtime’s range. He pops out of cover and
unloads his weapon, leaving the Muton with one hit point. However, the Muton
still gets the jump on Kato and Kato is gunned down. Helghason panics and fires
his laser rifle, scoring a lucky kill on the Muton. Riener panics as well and
ducks his head down for extra cover. I click the door to the UFO, and Biesener
opens it up to reveal the second thin man. Adam fires on the alien, but his
shots miss. However, his rapid fire perk allows for him to fire twice and the
second wave kills the thin man. I send up Hangtime into the UFO, but it only
reveals three more Mutons. The Mutons scatter, but one is still primed to
attack everybody’s favorite Italian heavy weapons guy. I send up Meagen to bait
the Muton, hoping that they take her instead of my captain.
One of the Mutons
uses blood call on the attacking one, and the attacking one fires at Jeff. Jeff
took six damage, but he was still standing. The last Muton fired at Adam, but
the shots missed. I regain control, and Jeff fires a rocket at the grouped together
aliens. They each are dealt heavy damage, and I send up Riener to assist Jeff,
but he has to dash. Adam is out of ammo, so I order him to reload. I send matt
into the UFO and he shoots down a Muton. Meagen fires at a Muton, but it instead
destroys Adam’s cover.
Adam is painted
with plasma shots, leaving him with only one more hit point. The second Muton
fires at Adam, killing him. I move Jeff up to a less vulnerable cover spot and
he reloads his weapon. Riener kills another Muton, and Helghason misses the
last shot in his laser rifle clip. I move up Meagen to another cover spot and
put her in overwatch.
The final Muton
runs into the darkness, and I give chase with Jeff. Jeff fires at the Muton,
but the shots miss. I move up Meagen and she opens fire on the last Muton,
killing it. I sent up Matt and Riener to a plasma door and activate the next
Riener opens the
door and moves into the next room, right next to another door. He opens that
one as well and runs up next to another plasma door. Helghason follows after
him, and I then focus on the other firing squad. They move to the other door to
the same room where I positioned Riener and Matt.
For the next turn,
Jeff breaches the door and takes cover behind the control panel. The power
monster whose name escapes me at the moment reveals itself and takes cover on
the other side of the panel. Jeff pops out of cover and finishes the mission
with a blast from his heavy laser.
The team returns to
base, and promotions were given out. Meagen earned her rank as an Assault
Trooper, and is outfitted with a shotgun. Marchiafava was promoted to Major,
and Helghason was promoted to corporal.