I looked through the forums and saw that quite a few people like the new air combat system... But when I look on youtube, most people complain about it, including me. I do understand that people want this game to be purely a turn based game, but as it is now, the combat is really dull.
It reminds me of old games like zelda or pokemon "it's very effective" style which I think is really not the theme of this game. The mini game we had in X1 was fun to slalom around alien aircrafts. People complain it was either too hard and you had to click too much, or too easy once you found out what you had to do. I don't know what difficulty you play but I found it always challenging in insane difficulty mainly because you don't have that much aircrafts because of lack of money. It got easier the more you reduced difficulty.
I suggest that you either add both feature and let the player decide what they want, or you keep the old system and tweak it a bit to make it more interesting. You could also make it dependent on difficulty. Like on insane difficulty, the alien can turn faster and has more hp.
I really don't know why you would scrap that feature completly... There are other features that you scraped but they are off topic and I'll discuss them in a different topic once I played some more.
Please I beg you, don't do this to me and many people who purchased your awesome first game Xenonauts 1 and who loved this system. For me this new system is like a dumbed down mini game, like "2 dimensional fight? Nah players are too stupid to handle that, let's make it one dimensional because they're so stupid" (No offense to anyone who likes this system, this is merely what I feel about this feature for me)
I hope the poll works. I purchased the game today and I immediatly had to make an account here to say this because I really like xenonauts but this breaks my heart
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