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** Not to mention XCOM is supposed to limit collateral damage (not much point in saving the planet if it's a crater by the end of the war), and considering the enemy forces you face on most missions, a tank or a helicopter's mounted weaponry would be overkill. The highly mobile infantry make a better match for the urban or forest combat you face in most missions, especially when there's a possibility of civilians being around. [[CaptainObvious Plus a tank shell wouldn't do much good to a downed UFO's salvage prospects, and it'd be hard to land one of those things on a Battleship.]] However, when the R&D section comes up with the SHIV, a very mobile and lightweight drone that's heavily armed and armored, they manage to split the difference.

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** Not to mention XCOM is supposed to limit collateral damage (not much point in saving the planet if it's a crater by the end of the war), and considering the enemy forces you face on most missions, a tank or a helicopter's mounted weaponry would be overkill. The highly mobile infantry make a better match for the urban or forest combat you face in most missions, especially when there's a possibility of civilians being around. [[CaptainObvious Plus a tank shell wouldn't do much good to a downed UFO's salvage prospects, and it'd be hard to land one of those things on a Battleship.]] Battleship. However, when the R&D section comes up with the SHIV, a very mobile and lightweight drone that's heavily armed and armored, they manage to split the difference.


* Keep in mind that as devastating at the war against the aliens had been, it was made very clear by both Dr. Shen and the Uber Ethereal that the aliens were actually holding back against XCOM the entire time, since the Ethereals' ultimate goal was to [[UpliftedAnimal uplift and prepare humanity]] for [[BiggerBad 'what lies ahead']] instead of outright conquest or colonization. Just think about this for a second: The Ethereals waged a destructive and bloody war that almost brought humanity to our knees and when the Temple Ship was destroyed, it almost resulted in a [[ApocalypseHow planetary Class 5 apocalypse]], and it wasn't even on purpose! Can you imagine just how unbelievably powerful the aliens could have been, and how much of a CurbStompBattle it would have been for XCOM if the aliens actually just intended to enslave and exterminate humanity like the did in the original game instead of merely trying to uplift us this time around?

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* Keep in mind that as devastating at the war against the aliens had been, it was made very clear by both Dr. Shen and the Uber Ethereal that the aliens were actually holding back against XCOM the entire time, since the Ethereals' ultimate goal was to [[UpliftedAnimal uplift and prepare humanity]] for [[BiggerBad 'what lies ahead']] ahead' instead of outright conquest or colonization. Just think about this for a second: The Ethereals waged a destructive and bloody war that almost brought humanity to our knees and when the Temple Ship was destroyed, it almost resulted in a [[ApocalypseHow planetary Class 5 apocalypse]], and it wasn't even on purpose! Can you imagine just how unbelievably powerful the aliens could have been, and how much of a CurbStompBattle it would have been for XCOM if the aliens actually just intended to enslave and exterminate humanity like the did in the original game instead of merely trying to uplift us this time around?


*** when you think about it, Vahlen's VERY POOR opinion to the EXALT-style gene mods makes perfict sense. Look at the MEC Cybersuit concept. one of its core design compromises is based around the MEC troopers post-conflict quality of life (as opposed to hardwireing them into the suit permanently), which is the closest the extremely invasive surgery can come to being REVERSIBLE. all of the Xcom-designed Genemods can be EASILY removed,replaced,or swapped out with zero negative effect on the subject. EXALT most likely doesn't CARE about their pawns, and inability to reintegrate with society if they have crisis of faith would be a GOOD thing by their point of view. and if a few of their agents due due to complications? plenty more where they came from- and in any hypothetical scenario where they "win", the disfigured agents can be "dissapeared"

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*** when When you think about it, Vahlen's VERY POOR '''very poor''' opinion to of the EXALT-style gene mods makes perfict perfect sense. Look at the MEC Cybersuit concept. one Troopers. One of its the core design design's compromises is based around the MEC troopers troopers' post-conflict quality of life (as opposed to hardwireing hardwiring them into the suit permanently), which is the closest the extremely invasive surgery can come to being REVERSIBLE. all '''reversible'''. All of the Xcom-designed XCOM-designed Genemods can be EASILY removed,replaced,or '''easily''' removed, replaced, or swapped out with zero negative effect effects on the subject. EXALT EXALT's leaders most likely doesn't CARE don't '''care''' about their pawns, and an inability to reintegrate with society if they have crisis of faith would be a GOOD '''good''' thing by in their point of view. and And if a few of their agents due die due to complications? plenty [[WeHaveReserves Plenty more where they came from- from]], and in any hypothetical scenario where they "win", the disfigured agents can be "dissapeared"
"dissapeared".


* Vahlen herself is a monster. She just happens to be a monster on your side.

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* Vahlen herself is a monster. She just happens to be a monster on your side.side.
** ''VideoGame/XCOM2'' has the Alien Rulers DLC, which shows ''exactly'' what happens when the Commander/you aren't around to keep her in check. [[ThatOneBoss It]] [[SuperSoldier isn't]] [[FromBadToWorse pretty]].


* South America's continental bonus, "We Have Ways", renders all interrogations and autopsies instantaneous. This raises a number of questions, and none of the possible answers are very reassuring. For instance: just what the hell is South America doing differently from the other regions that makes aliens talk so quickly? And with the addition of Gene Mods in ''Enemy Within'', is XCOM enlisting organ traffickers to help them in harvesting and implanting second hearts in their soldiers?

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* South America's continental bonus, "We Have Ways", renders all interrogations and autopsies instantaneous. This raises a number of questions, and none of the possible answers are very reassuring. For instance: just what the hell is South America doing differently from the other regions that makes aliens talk so quickly? And with the addition of Gene Mods in ''Enemy Within'', is XCOM enlisting organ traffickers to help them in harvesting and implanting second hearts in their soldiers?soldiers?
* Vahlen herself is a monster. She just happens to be a monster on your side.


* Part of the reason why logistics are easier here than in the [[VideoGame/{{X-COM}} original game]] is because your NPC advisers handle most of it off-screen for you.

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* Part of the reason why logistics are easier here than in the [[VideoGame/{{X-COM}} [[VideoGame/{{XCOM}} original game]] is because your NPC advisers handle most of it off-screen for you.


** It gets worse. ''Enemy Within'' adds the ability to genetically modify your soldiers. How does one gain new gene mods? ''Autopsies''. And what's a big problem in South America? ''Organ trafficking''. One gene mod, in particular, is a second heart. How desperate is the fight to protect earth from alien invasion that XCOM would have to enlist the aid of organ traffickers?!

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** It gets worse. ''Enemy Within'' adds the ability to genetically modify your soldiers. How does one gain new gene mods? ''Autopsies''. And what's a big problem in South America? ''Organ trafficking''. One gene mod, in particular, is a second heart. How desperate is the fight to protect earth from alien invasion that XCOM would have to enlist the aid of organ traffickers?!



* You're very likely to at one point or another sell chrysalid corpses... and there's no guarantee that the reproductive systems stop with death. You could be giving various militaries around the world access to a self-replicating terror weapon that isn't technically banned by the Geneva convention.

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* You're very likely to at one point or another sell chrysalid corpses... and there's no guarantee that the reproductive systems stop with death. You could be giving various militaries around the world access to a self-replicating terror weapon that isn't technically banned by the Geneva convention.convention.
* South America's continental bonus, "We Have Ways", renders all interrogations and autopsies instantaneous. This raises a number of questions, and none of the possible answers are very reassuring. For instance: just what the hell is South America doing differently from the other regions that makes aliens talk so quickly? And with the addition of Gene Mods in ''Enemy Within'', is XCOM enlisting organ traffickers to help them in harvesting and implanting second hearts in their soldiers?


* It just dawned on me. South America's bonus is "We have way" and grants instant autopsies and interrogation when you have it. Now, [[ArgentinaIsNaziland what is a trope commonly associated with South America?]]

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* It just dawned on me. South America's bonus is "We have way" Have Ways" and grants instant autopsies and interrogation when you have it. Now, [[ArgentinaIsNaziland what is a trope commonly associated with South America?]]




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** It gets worse. ''Enemy Within'' adds the ability to genetically modify your soldiers. How does one gain new gene mods? ''Autopsies''. And what's a big problem in South America? ''Organ trafficking''. One gene mod, in particular, is a second heart. How desperate is the fight to protect earth from alien invasion that XCOM would have to enlist the aid of organ traffickers?!

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*** when you think about it, Vahlen's VERY POOR opinion to the EXALT-style gene mods makes perfict sense. Look at the MEC Cybersuit concept. one of its core design compromises is based around the MEC troopers post-conflict quality of life (as opposed to hardwireing them into the suit permanently), which is the closest the extremely invasive surgery can come to being REVERSIBLE. all of the Xcom-designed Genemods can be EASILY removed,replaced,or swapped out with zero negative effect on the subject. EXALT most likely doesn't CARE about their pawns, and inability to reintegrate with society if they have crisis of faith would be a GOOD thing by their point of view. and if a few of their agents due due to complications? plenty more where they came from- and in any hypothetical scenario where they "win", the disfigured agents can be "dissapeared"


* You're very likely to at one point or another sell chrysalid corpses... and there's no guarantee that the reproductive systems stop with death. You could be giving various militaries around the world access to a self-replicating terror weapon that isn't technically banned by the Geneva convention.
* The end of the dam level in ''Operation:Progeny''. Sure, you rescued Annette and killed all the aliens there, but the dam is still going to break. Best not to imagine the number of casualties it's going to make.

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* You're very likely to at one point or another sell chrysalid corpses... and there's no guarantee that the reproductive systems stop with death. You could be giving various militaries around the world access to a self-replicating terror weapon that isn't technically banned by the Geneva convention.
* The end of the dam level in ''Operation:Progeny''. Sure, you rescued Annette and killed all the aliens there, but the dam is still going to break. Best not to imagine the number of casualties it's going to make.
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** South America is also a continent with a history of fairly recent [[PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny paranoid dictatorships]], [[TheGeneralissimo military juntas]], and [[TheCartel drug cartels]], providing a large group of people with excellent experience with interrogation and autopsy, none of whom are going to ask many questions.



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* It just dawned on me. South America's bonus is "We have way" and grants instant autopsies and interrogation when you have it. Now, [[ArgentinaIsNaziland what is a trope commonly associated with South America?]]



* You're very likely to at one point or another sell chrysalid corpses... and there's no guarantee that the reproductive systems stop with death. You could be giving various militaries around the world access to a self-replicating terror weapon that isn't technically banned by the Geneva convention.

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* You're very likely to at one point or another sell chrysalid corpses... and there's no guarantee that the reproductive systems stop with death. You could be giving various militaries around the world access to a self-replicating terror weapon that isn't technically banned by the Geneva convention.convention.
* The end of the dam level in ''Operation:Progeny''. Sure, you rescued Annette and killed all the aliens there, but the dam is still going to break. Best not to imagine the number of casualties it's going to make.


** Could also meld with UnfortunateImplications, by referencing the large stores of diamonds many African nations have access to.



* You're very likely to at one point or another sell chrysalid corpses... and there's no guarantee that the reproductive systems stop with death. You could be giving various militaries around the world access to a self-replicating terror weapon that isn't technically banned by the Geneva convention.
** Yet.

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* You're very likely to at one point or another sell chrysalid corpses... and there's no guarantee that the reproductive systems stop with death. You could be giving various militaries around the world access to a self-replicating terror weapon that isn't technically banned by the Geneva convention.
** Yet.
convention.


* You're very likely to at one point or another sell chrysalid corpses... and there's no guarantee that the reproductive systems stop with death. You could be giving various militaries around the world access to a self-replicating terror weapon that isn't technically banned by the Geneva convention.

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* You're very likely to at one point or another sell chrysalid corpses... and there's no guarantee that the reproductive systems stop with death. You could be giving various militaries around the world access to a self-replicating terror weapon that isn't technically banned by the Geneva convention.convention.
** Yet.

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** Could also meld with UnfortunateImplications, by referencing the large stores of diamonds many African nations have access to.

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