I use UFO and would like to take 2 or 3 followers with me. However, since all their bugs are fixed in UFO and they level with you, they are severely overpowered. Even with 2 followers, you just have to keep yourself alive and they'll do the rest. Standard difficulty settings just change your outgoing damage and the damage done by NPC's, so the follower vs enemy relation never changes. Followers will need the same amount of hits for an enemy on every difficulty!
The author of UFO doesn't make his followers essential, so he doesn't share my problem. There hasn't been a decent solution for the problem from his side so far, although he's been asked several times about it.
For me, making followers non-essential wouldn't change the problem. Weaker enemies would still be killed easily by Lydia & friends, while fighting against strong enemies with non-essential followers would mainly increase reloading and not the fun I have during fights.
A simple, quick and dirty soultion could be a ring that reduces ALL damage when worn, but I'm sure there are better solutions!
Thx in advance!