Taking a different tack for showing you the name of the rescue mission: this screen comes up every time a Covert Op is nearly over, similar to the Council Mission screens. But look at that name. Operation Sacred Star. I wonder just how relevant that'll be to the mission because that's a bloody brilliant name.
Taking Ebo and Fox on this mission to get them trained up on some EXALT yobs.
Yet another hacking mission in a similar locale to last time. The relays are both on one side of the map, however, so Alex will have no trouble covering them.
Operative at the first relay almost without trouble: reinforcements have started arriving.
There's another squad of EXALT in the central alleyway.
Suppression (tm)PureQuestion XCOM: Enemy Within 2014.
Hacked relay, here come reloads aplenty.
THIS TARGET IS LITERALLY BEHIND A WALL. THERE IS GENUINELY NO WAY IN HELL THIS SHOT SHOULD WORK. BUT LO AND BEHOLD, ALEX, GOD OF SNIPERS, COULD MAKE IT WORK.
BLOWS A HOLE THROUGH THE FUCKING BUILDING. ALEX OP.
You can't hear it, but oh my God, there's actual music in here. Store music. Cheesy hiphop instrumental music befitting a fast food joint.
Fox gets another kill... but still no promotion. I'm sure he'll get one by the end of this mission.
Daft sniper tries to move and gets weakened to one health by Pure. Perfect for promotion buddies.
DrT neutralises the sniper almost out the bloody window.
DrT is saved by cover.
And MMX reports EXALT soldiers on the move on the far side of the alley. They're sparking because of the relay disabling their weapons.
Garo takes care of the soldier that attacked DrT last turn, leaving him to roam freely.
Putting Alex in the air above Ebo and DrT.
In fact, I'd say we have a pretty good ambush setup.
An even better setup now, with Pure able to fire the first shot.
Pure weakening the sniper once more.
Cheeky bastards! They ran right past our soldiers from behind us.
Fox takes a grenade kill against the sniper on the roof.
And from on high did the Angel bring fire.
And the Burned and the Damned did cry out, "O Sacred Star, be kind." But no such respite befell them.
I could have got Alex to pop the other guy's clogs, but two grenades later, Ebo gets some experience.
The last enemy of the second squad has shown his face.
Alex has his face in his book of things to fuck up.
But so does MMX, and of the two, MMX is the one that needs a promotion.
The ragdoll hit the wall behind him so hard that it landed further forward than the soldier was standing.
Two EXALT soldiers drop in, both in... disappointing positions. The one downstairs is being flanked by Pure, the top by Alex.
Oh man. He's gonna get shot off the roof, isn't he.
Let's see if Pure gets a kill from this.
Oh, no, not at all. The legacy continues. Means another kill for DrT, though.
FireFox and Ebo didn't get promoted, which is a shame. I am getting them some experience if it... actually, no, I want them alive. We'll keep going the way we have done.
And hey, look! MMX actually earned the highest rank! Shame about the real one.
Giving MMX the same perk I gave Garo, boosting his critical damage after Run and Gun. Also notice how MMX now has all of the abilities on the right hand side of the tree. This indicates that he is geared towards an aggressive playing style with all of the available offensive perks.
And DrT gets a promotion for his work, too.
With a helmet like that, it could only be Aggression, couldn't it?
Well, well, well. It seems the Enemy Within really is. It's in Africa, somewhere. I'm calling it now, it'll be in Nigeria. That's the closest country to XCOM's actual base.
Improving our ammo conservation in the Foundry. It's an annoyance when an Assault class runs out of shotgun shells.
We're also going to upgrade Dabir to a level three MEC. The two choices you get for the MEC-3 Paladin are Electro Pulse which is as above and Proximity Mines, which are as you'd expect. Electro Pulse is an ability centred on the MEC and also stuns robotic enemies, which isn't mentioned in the rubric. Dabir's getting this.
As if he wasn't big enough.
I'm also going to award some medals, because they're long overdue.
TO COLONEL DABIR MAN JACKSON, WE AWARD THE I'VE GOT THIS FUCKER PIN'D AND THE BETTER YOU THAN ME-DAL FOR HIS REMARKABLE WORK PUNCHING THE SHIT OUT OF ENEMY TARGETS.
TO COLONEL GRADIUSUIRAD. "O.A." MMXPERT, WE AWARD THE BETTER YOU THAN ME-DAL FOR HIS OUTSTANDING LACK OF COMPASSION FOR THE TARGETS HE TERMINATES.
I HAVE JUST BEEN INFORMED THAT THERE IS AN ERROR IN THE NAME OF THE SOLDIER JUST LAUDED. HOWEVER, I CAN SEE NO SUCH ERROR AND SHALL THEREFORE MOVE ON.
FOR HIS STELLAR WORK IN SUPPRESSION, WE AWARD THE I'VE GOT THIS FUCKER PIN'D TO COLONEL PURE "PS VITA" QUESTION. WE ALSO AWARD HIM THE WHO'S BEHIND THE RACIST CROSS? FOR THE SAME REASONS FOR WHICH HE ASCENDED THROUGH THE RANKS TO COLONEL: THE VERY SWEETEST FUCK ALL.
TO COLONEL FLANDRE "RICHTER" SCARLET, WE DEEM IT APPROPRIATE TO AWARD THE WHO'S BEHIND THE RACIST CROSS? FOR FITTING THE BILL FUCKING PERFECTLY.