Finished it, too.
I got 9 bases, too.
And, I ended up with the 'Last Resort' ending as well.
I kept playing after the leak (instead of going for the ending) and interestingly, the factions still built their fortress/temple/moonshot and their diplomacy rating kept rising as if nothing has happened, becoming friendly again.
So, I thought there might be an alternative to the 'Last Resort' there, but nothing else triggered so I just finished the 'Last Resort' anyway after a while.
I guess in my next play-through (once all DLCs have landed) I will not research that stuff and see what happens without it.
The game started out really nice.
But then, it became very, very repetitive and boring. Once you realize there's no variety in the missions and alien base raids, that is.
There was nothing to look forward to in research - there were no weapon upgrades (sure, rockets, but they can't match a sniper rifle).
The factions brought some variety to the weapons, but nothing really big, +10 damage here and there, some special stuff a sniper would not use anyway.
Same with armours - just different skins with different stats, some special stuff that I would not use anyway.
Not even the mutations brought anything stronger. Just different. But then again, by the time I could mutate my peeps, I had my teams and strategy laid out so all investments into mutation (base building, research) was a waste of time for me.
Enemies were the same all along. There were what, 10 or so different enemies with a few variants each (weapons and special abilities)?
So, once you beat that benemoth, you would not see anything new -> nothing new to research.
I did not understand why killing everyone in a missing is not an instant win - you know, you still had to go there to press a button, get to the exit point, etc.
The graphics were nice, the music, too and the game did not crash a single time, I could play it through in one go.
Any ideas what's the point of the fog repellent? I build it on all nine bases, it kept the fog at a distance for sure, but I did not see any actual benefit to it.
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on Mon Dec 09, 2019 11:08 pm, edited 3 times in total.