I know some of us are playing it, how are you all finding it?
For me, it takes everything that was good about its predecessor and makes it better. Absolutely the best strategy game I've played in a very long time.
Anyone got any tips or tricks?
Favourite squad setups or a strong research order?
I'm playing on Commander (not iron man, too pussy!) and it has so far managed to always feel unfair but not insurmountable.
I particularly like that it has, so far for me at least, managed to stay difficult. I always feel like I'm just a step or two behind the enemy and then just when I'm about to catch up to them and have an edge, a new enemy gets introduced and I'm back to questioning how the hell I'm going to handle that thing!
My favourite squad setup is 2 Grenadiers, 2 Rangers, 1 Specialist and 1 Sharpshooter.
If and when I decide to take any Psi operatives, I will have a genuinely difficult time figuring out who to leave behind - probably a ranger but it's a tough call. If I'm ever down a ranger or grenadier, I'll bring a Specialist. I have a spare Sharpshooter but I would be genuinely worried about how successful I would be with two of those. That being said, Killzone is the tits!
Considering I barely used explosives at all in EU/EW (I don't think I ever even fired the top tier rocket launcher!), Grenadiers are my boys in X-Com 2. Most useful class for me by a country mile. They don't tend to do much killing themselves, but they make sure that everyone else just has to mop up instead.
I have one setup as an actual grenadier - he has an EXO with a rocket launcher, a perk for an extra grenade and larger explosive radius so he has 4 turns of potential mayhem, and another as fire support - he has a massive expanded magazine so he can use his skills with extreme prejudice, shredder to remove armour with normal attacks (I should have taken this with both - it's an absolutely amazing skill throughout the game) and of course holo-targeting - this again has brilliant synergy with Shredder, because you want to take the first shot with anyone that has shredder if the target is armoured anyway.