I'm trying to play this game despite the fact that I'm not particularly good at strategy games. So far I've done really well. I'm a little past the first council report and got an A only having lost one guy. So far I've developed a basic strategy that has worked really well but, again, I'm a novice and I would appreciate help or other people's strategies.
So here's my squad loadout right now;
2 Heavies with Arc Throwers
1 Assault with a Grenade
1 Sniper with a Scope
1 Support with a Medkit
I usually have my assault person act as a scout leading ahead of everyone always on overwatch unless I have to dash. My heavies take the far left and right of the field slowly moving up and on overwatch. My support stays a little further back then the heavies in the middle of the field and is always on overwatch. My sniper stays back and in the middle of the field usually with his pistol so that when he moves he can still be on overwatch.
I use the heavies as flankers or to set a weak perimeter while my assault identifies enemies and then suppresses, attacks, or falls back depending on what he finds. My support is a midrange fighter while I position my sniper behind everyone so that I can set up sniping points. I usually set up a perimeter around whatever building or ship I mean to infiltrate and then send my assault guy in to scope. If I mean to capture an enemy I usually kill every other alien first, surround the alien I want to capture, and send in both my heavies on either side of the alien I want to capture. If it all falls apart either my assault or sniper takes the alien out.
When everything falls apart I usually retreat and spread my team apart to set up a net of sorts for the aliens to fall into. I give the aliens a lot of space and set up for long range attacks, launcher shots, and grenades. In these situations I scrape the idea of capturing anyone or really worrying about research. I focus on killing the aliens as fast as possible.
So am I fucking up anywhere? What do the rest of you do?