rominet -> RE: Beer & Pretzels ? (8/8/2012 4:05:17 PM)
I have been very impressed by the many positive comments about this game and I am seriously considering purchasing.
However I am a little concerned about the way it has been described by some as a relatively simple game. The cartoonish unit graphics also add to this impression.
Is this a "beer & pretzels" type game ? If so it is not for me. I really like challenging games with plenty of detail and immersion. As an example my favourite game of all time is WITPAE.
As well as the Pacific Theatre I like East Front games. Unfortunately WITE didn't quite do it for me as I found it to be a rather "cold" and not nearly as immersive as WITPAE.
So before I dust off the credit card I want to make sure that DCCB is not an entry level easy to play type game.
Only for information and to help you to compare:
i don't like WitE and AE not because they are bad games but because i reached my own limits with these games, they are too huge for me, too much uninteresting details and so on.
However, i still continue to like and play WitP because my limit is not reached in this case and i love pacific war.
Now, DCCB is really simpler than these 3 previous games.
The gameplay is intuitive, you don't have to read 3 hundred pages of manuel to begin to understand something.
That doesn't mean that the game is superficial, it is even the opposite.
As shown in the Voronezh tutoriel, the tactical and operational module is very rich, the combat results are quite good (even if i think the losses are a little bit exagerated but it could be corrected) and the strategic simulation is far better than the WitE'one especially because of prestige, politic points and cards. This strategic system also allows a great replayability.
Moreover, i think the space-time scale chosen in DCCB (10km/2 days) is better than WitE's ones for a realistic and pleasant simultation of war in Russia.
And if you have an old computer (like mine, uncapable to run Rome Total War), no problem, DCCB is very few greedy with PC.
Now at last but not the least, in DCCB, there is an EDITOR, yes,yes[&o] Thank you very much, Vic!!!
So I think you understand, with DDCB, you are directly immersed in the tactical, operational and strategical challenges Russian and German commanders at the front were faced during the war.
All other details are futils.[:)]