Hi Everybody. I'm Mark and I have a problem. I am an X-Com-aholic. Seriously folks. I love, love, love these games, and this new one is uber-cool. The original X-Com's are probably the most awesomely-infuriating PC game series I've ever played. In fact, I think its the only game I've ever thrown my keyboard in rage before because some BS little ninja alien takes out my surviving squadmates in the last moments of a long, challenging level and I have to start over again. Man, I'm having trouble getting my Snipers to level up. Word on the street is that once Snipers become high level, they own, but they are currently not carrying their own weight early game. Still no Sniper casualty. "Vasily Zaytsev II" is still ticking and once he unlocks the uber-awesome 'Opportunist' ability, the aliens are gonna feel the burn!!!! My fav class so far is my Canadian support. Saved my squadmates bacon more than once with smoke nades and medpacks. He is actually taking out some Aliens to boot, and is currently my highest level soldier. Heavy is the most fun however. Nothing like saving your rocket for the last poor sectoid and blowing his nuts off with it, cover and all. I'm having the most trouble keeping my Assaults alive. Admittedly, I'm new and I suck, but man the aliens zero in on them every time even when advancing slowly. Guess, I'll live and learn, but shoving shotguns up alien asses is jolly good fun and worth the effort. Great, great, great game. Firaxis don't ever change! You're the Rockstar Games of the serious strategy game world!!!! PS: Love the fact that this game is challenging and forces you to plan ahead.