So I got this game last night, had my first mission and then finished my first island today, and goddamn freaking Jesus this game is GREAT
I just love how there are so many options and the game takes nothing for granted. Like, one of my frustrations with X-Com is how enemies just appear randomly and you have no way of planning ahead because an alien could just appear behind one of your soldiers and destroy them. Here not only do you have a clear indication of where enemies are going to appear, but you have something to do about it - just get on top and block them, but then that’s resources that you can use for other things.
Plus, so far, no attack is just an attack. Every attack has the potential to also shift enemies (and allies) around, meaning that you always have to take your and your enemy’s positioning before and after an attack. And along with the need to defend buildings, sometimes really important ones that give you reputation, this means that you spend just long stretches of time thinking about the consequences of every action and trying to come up with the plan that will cost you the least, because you’re going to lose something.
Like, just now I had basically a boss fight where this mean pink worm that damages anything in a straight line was about to hit a building, and this felt like it would probably ruin the whole thing, which is bad news. I wanted to use my Punch Friend to hit it, but it was stuck to another bad one, and my Tank Friend was needed in a different row so it could hit another bad one which was about to hit a building. I ended up using my Artillery Friend on the bad one who was sticking my Punch Friend, causing some self-damage but freeing it up, then moving Tank Friend and shooting to move the bad one in its sights, and then having Punch Friend punch the worm into the same row as my Tank Friend, sacrificing some of my HP but saving both buildings. There was very little damage actually done, but I basically managed to corral all the baddies into easily assailable positions for the next turn, suffering minimal civilian casualties and getting the extra rep for destroying the pink worm.
I know that’s just rambling nonsense to most of you, if not all of you, but I just had to write some words about how great Into the Breach is holy hell