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What base location gives the best buff? - Results (677 votes)
North America - (50% reduction in cost and Maintenance
15.07% (102 votes)
Europe - 50% faster research
22.9% (155 votes)
Asia - Discount on foundry projects
14.18% (96 votes)
South America - Instant Interrogation and Obduction Research
6.06% (41 votes)
Africa - 30% Increase in monthly income
41.8% (283 votes)
This poll is now closed.
Restarting my game and did the tutorial the first time and just took North America. This time doing a Classic Ironman run since I had to restart and wondering what people opinions are on which base is the best?
On the internet you can be anything you want... Why do so many people choose to be stupid?
Yeah, people keep doing that. Europe doesn't speed up research. It lowers the cost and maintenance of labs & workshops by 50%. (Basically, what North America does for aircraft, Europe does for labs & workshops.)
NA doesn't worth it till you have almost full satellite coverage... SA is barely a time save (2-6 days per alien... neglectable) Africa is worth nothing in the beginning and gets better the more satellite coverage (aka base income) you have; by that point it's really just a bonus tho. Asia saves money - but only a fix maximum amount. Europe saves money AND speeds up the whole process (in particular in the beginning).
so I'd say Europe wins this. It's also a smart decision to start with a continent that has 4 countries as that means you probably get the bonus for other countries earlier (since you need less satellites). SA is easily gathered with 2 Sats, US and Afrika with 3. Only Asia also takes 4.