If you’re one of the many that picked up XCOM: Enemy Unknown, you likely noticed just how punishing the amazing turn-based strategy game can be--even on the easier settings. Those who bumped things up to Classic or Impossible were met with an even more impenetrable wall of pain. And if you tried playing on Ironman mode (which autosaves after every action and turns off the ability to reload earlier progress), you're likely still nursing wounds after pounding your fist through your screen.
But at least one man has done the impossible--that is, completed the game on the hardest difficulty mode with Ironman turned on. That man is Ryan “Impossible Iron Man” McFall, who, conveniently, also worked on the game as a level designer. So it's a win with an asterisk. Regardless! He’s still a bastion of information, and has agreed to share some tips so that you, too, have a chance of winning where so many others have failed miserably.