Best Xcom Enemy Unknown Base Layout

Bob Roberts
• Thursday, 31 December, 2020
• 8 min read

First things first: The number and location of steam vents and pre-excavated spaces will be random each game, and the optimal building strategy will depend on that, to a degree. If you can reach a large area of already excavated spaces by extending the lift down, this can save you valuable time and credits early on.

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If you want to make full use of the adjacency bonuses provided by the new Genetics Lab and Cybernetics Lab facilities, you will have to prioritize between them, the Officer Training School, Foundry and Alien Containment as you won't have the space to build all of these facilities early on, while leaving enough room to make full use of the adjacency bonuses. There are four types of adjacency bonuses, in descending importance: Additional satellite capacity from Satellite Uplinks and Nexuses build next to each other, Money and resource refunds from Workshops, the Foundry and the Cybernetics Lab, increased research speed from Laboratories and the Genetics Lab, and extra power from the three Generator facilities.

In order to not lock yourself out of Abduction missions completely, you should leave two countries on your starting continent without satellite coverage. If you want to build more than one satellite in the first month, you usually have to construct a Workshop on the right side of the access lift for the additional engineers.

With Enemy Within, you can now construct either the Cybernetics Lab or the Foundry in the next space, providing you with your first refund bonus, while leaving room to expand downward for a 2×2 or 2×3 grid. Unless you get lucky with your steam vent placement, you will have to build quite a few regular Power Generators as you expand your base.

I tend to build three or four on the right side of the base, and maybe some more on the third level beneath the Satellite Uplink, depending on how early I can get an Delirium Generator. And as you've probably realized from our COM review, it's brilliant, capturing everything we loved about the original game, but with lots of clever modern ideas thrown into the mix.

After spending many, many hours in the game, I've assembled this guide, collecting all the best tips I can offer to help you deal with the alien menace. What's more, you can also find Chris' video guide to surviving Iron man mode embedded above.

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Starting again after you've finished it will give you the freedom to plan your base how you like, and ensure you don't lose three men on the first mission. There are no second bases in EnemyUnknown, so it's vital that you launch satellites and buy interceptors in order to spot UFOs around the Earth.

Conversely, a single scientist can research everything in the game, extra ones just make it go faster. If you're dealing with a squad of rookies (often the case if you're an Iron Man player) then I'd go for weapons instead.

As an extra bonus, the sound clip that plays at this point hints at what kind of alien you'll find. Always have at least one or two men on overwatch to cover the rest of the squad before moving or ending your turn.

The only reason not to have someone on overwatch is if you've already spotted the enemy and are busy filling him full of laser death. You can exploit this movement by putting your whole team on overwatch before moving the last man forward, this way if you provoke an enemy, they'll run right into your firing arcs and get horribly slaughtered.

This means that by using a Ghost Suit's invisibility, or the Sniper's Battle Scanner you can spot the aliens while they're still clustered together, and they won't react until you've dropped a grenade right in the middle of them. Still you can often surprise the enemy by simply blowing a hole in the wall with a grenade and making your own entrance.

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It doesn't really matter where, in your base, that 2×2 block is placed (though, to my knowledge, your initial uplink is always in the same spot). You could probably work one out, but at this point, I think the game is still new enough that any build order would be rather contentious.

There are pros & cons to each approach, and to some extent, it probably even depends on what you're able to recover from your early missions. How to plan and execute the development of your base to suit your play style, and manage staff resources efficiently in COM 2.

COM 2 is full of randomized elements to ensure budding Commanders are forced to think on their feet at all times. It's also intent on shaking up tried and tested strategies that existed in its predecessor, COM : EnemyUnknown, and this is particularly apparent when it comes to base building.

Base building is an integral part of both your short and long term strategies, and how you approach it is largely dependent on your personal priorities and play style. COM 2 is accommodating of experimental approaches when it comes to halting the alien advance of its Avatar Project, so whether you're focused on gaining access to as much equipment as possible in the shortest amount of time, unlocking the Psi Operative class, or securing advanced options for squad management and training, there's a base building path for you.

Finally, with your squad in the best possible health and customizable to your specific requirements, the Proving Grounds has a wealth of exotic equipment available for construction that takes advantage of both alien autopsies and ongoing research projects, most of which can help ensure that your soldiers enter battle armed with some of the most advanced items available. Once they're built, facilities such as the Workshop, Laboratory, Power Relay and Resistance Comms can be upgraded and staffed to provide additional benefits.

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In order to maximize space aboard the Avenger, facilities should be upgraded to further enhance their base features. This is typically an expensive process but provides long term, permanent benefits which depend on the room being upgraded.

For cheaper, temporary benefits, staff can be assigned to rooms to provide boosts as required, enabling you to direct your efforts to sit your priorities at any given time. Managed in this way, a single laboratory or workshop can serve you well for a very long time without the need to build additional facilities of its type.

He writes mainly about video games but has also reported on topics ranging from airline security to Claudia Winkle man’s shoes. That is, if I start with Asia but then lose India, I still keep Future Combat.

Personally, I agree with the common sentiment that SA is disposable, and We Have Ways is pretty useless; most autopsy and interrogation researches aren't *that* great anyway, and you wouldn't have the money for all the foundry research until your science is fast enough to only take a couple of days per, anyway. All In likely has the highest potential, but since you only need to launch three SATs to secure it, you might still be better off with Future Combat or Expert Knowledge.

Expert Knowledge seems to have a better help early on, though Future Combat likely edges it out by late game. I'd say Asia over Europe, since some Officer Training stuff is worth more if you get them early.

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In particular is Squad limit and Will buff per rank. PSN for Dragon's Dogma:Glenn_3e(80+ Mage) and jessicaglenn(90+ Warrior) The correct answer is Asia, it saves you the most amount of money early/mid-game but at the same it's not really worth covering the entire Asian continent with satellites due to the low money giving countries (specifically India and Australia) unlike Europe. It's not worth starting in North America and Africa you can easily get their bonuses with satellites.

And lastly South America is a joke, it gives little money and the bonus is poor so ignore it. Rivers posted... Africa is the best continent buff but is also not the best place to start.

And there's no reason whatsoever to put sat son Egypt or South Africa until very late game. And there's no reason whatsoever to put sat son Egypt or South Africa until very late game.

Whereas, someone who starts in Europe and wants the Africa bonus would have to “waste” two of his satellites on low-income countries to get it, and the amount gained would barely offset the difference. It's great being able to put your first few extra satellites over high-income countries like the US or Russia, and stacking the African +30% on top of the US's 180 income is tremendous.

)Europe and North America are good to start in, due to the high per-country income; Europe's okay to get for the long term, but NA's just not very important unless your air strategy is to keep lots of cheap planes with Avalanche Missiles instead of developing better weapons. Asia's decent to start in, but if you don't start there it's not important to get its bonus (because by the time you do, you will have bought most of the stuff already). And South America just stinks, period; its only real advantage is that as a 2-country continent, you can pretty safely ignore abduction missions in countries there, but that doesn't help if you start there.

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And there's no reason whatsoever to put sat son Egypt or South Africa until very late game. Do everywhere else first. Europe and North America are good to start in, due to the high per-country income; Europe's okay to get for the long term, but NA's just not very important unless your air strategy is to keep lots of cheap planes with Avalanche Missiles instead of developing better weapons. Asia's decent to start in, but if you don't start there it's not important to get its bonus (because by the time you do, you will have bought most of the stuff already).

NA made it possible for me to provide stated continents with extra cheap interceptors, and on normal, cheap interceptors can bring anything down in sufficient numbers, at least until you do the base mission. It's probably the biggest help early on in keeping unnecessary panic down without breaking the budget.

After Russia, I diverted to SA by the time I had the arc thrower, and I'd been saving up most of the corpses. Personally I love the Europe buff because I spam the **** out of workshops but what I've been thinking of recently concerns trying to maintain all the member nations. South America's bonus is underwhelming but one thing to consider starting there is that if you do and put ONE satellite over the other nation you will NEVER lose either (providing you shoot down all the ships and raid landed ones) as abductions will not occur there.

Similarly, for other 3 nation continents as they require fewer satellites to prevent abductions on them. The fewer continents you need to cover the more you can calculate your management of panic and future placement of satellites.

UFO: EnemyUnknown was one such title, released back in 1994 and quickly gained a huge following thanks to its deep mechanics and unrelenting difficulty. Following a few expansions and failed reboot attempts, COM : EnemyUnknown has now made it on to store shelves, promising much of the same classic gameplay that the originals were known for.

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The new COM : EnemyUnknown is not as deep as the originals, but its essential elements of squad management and base building live on through punishing difficulty. EnemyUnknown, like the original games, put the player in an alternate world history where aliens have invaded earth.

You are tasked with commanding COM, an elite military organization that has been put together with the help of all major nations and your job is to protect Earth from this invasion. Unlike the original games, you’ll just be limited to one base on EnemyUnknown, and will have to organize your buildings accordingly.

You start off with the basics, such as a research center where you pick what tech to unlock next; an engineering lab where you can order the construction of new buildings in your base ; and the barracks where your troops reside. The main control room has a map of Earth, providing an overview of the situation and also used to advance time in the game.

The missions come with a couple of different objective types (terror, bomb refusal, civilian rescue) and varying degrees of difficulty which usually translates to higher number of tougher foes. Also, important to note are the rewards for completing a mission, as well as the panic level of the country that’s asking for help.

Build something else, and chances are the cascading effect of a missed opportunity for another satellite will take you down not too far down the line. Fans of the equally hard original game may rejoice, but this type of campaign design just seems outdated and prevents any experimentation for those just looking for a good time.

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