I'm playing through on normal, learning as I go. Never played the original unfortunately
I now have a Sniper who's a Colonel, and man, he is worth his weight in gold! Kitted him out with a Plasma Sniper Rifle and he kicks arse, now I just need to keep him safe.
I lost Europe way back, but now have satellite coverage on everything else.
Dare I say I'm finding it quite easy so far on normal? I know classic will be a shock.