It's apparent I'm in the third phase of the alien invasion now, it began with grey Sectoids, moved to purple Floaters, and now the Snakemen have arrived. There's nothing particularly remarkable about the snakemen themselves, they are just generally better armed and armoured than most of the other races.
What I am not looking forward to is any terror missions. The Sectoids have the Cyberdisk which is pretty terrible. The Floaters have the Reaper, which is useless. But the Snakemen have the fearsome Chryssalid. A being designed for horror, the chrysallid will quickly move through the shadows to attack. It is capable of causing massive melee damage, but that is not the worst of it. For everything that is killed by one of these monsters becomes a disgusting zombie. Inside these poor wretched zombies is an alien growth, and upon death a new Chryssalid will burst forth. It is easy to become overpowered if you are not careful.
|Two Chryssalids (upper left) and a zombie (right)|
|The small launcher in action|
The Firestorm is a massive improvement over the Interceptors, at the cost of using Elerium as fuel. It's twice as fast, and can resist five times the damage. I'll now be able to tackle those larger UFOs, and maybe start making some serious progress. At the moment it still feels like I'm fighting a losing battle, but soon the tide will turn!