From: Seattle, WA
On my second attempt to read though every word in Bill Trotter's review, I did manage it without nodding off. Some people accuse me of being overly verbose in my posts, but boy, can that guy write. And write and write and write!
All in all, I enjoyed his review from the descriptions and expose on the development of the various AI's and on to his perceptions and his mini AAR. Though long, it is well written IMHO. Does he get paid by the word?
Two nits, though. First, he refers to the orginal Close Combat (CC1 to those that count) as "Close Combat Normandy". I've looked closely at the box, the CD case liner, the CD and the game reference manual published by Microsoft and no where that I can find it refered to as anything other than "Close Combat". No where do I find it being refered to as "Close Combat Normandy". CC5 was called "Close Combat Invasion Normandy", but he was referencing CC1. A very minor point.
The second is in the fourth to last paragraph on the last page. He says while describing one of his battles;
quote: Italics added.
Then, to my amazement, the top hatch opened and an arm appeared, waving a white rag in surrender. One by one, the shaken Russian crew clambered out and marched docilely away to enjoy the dubious hospitality of my POW compound, while the Team Monitor blinked and informed me that my men had captured a fully operational T-34! I lost no time turning the vehicle against its previous owners, who were easily routed when an apparently friendly tank suddenly came roaring down the road, spitting MG fire at them.
'Cuz me. What? Don't happen. Not in CoI, nor in CC3, CC2, CC4, CC5 or any of the military CC sims. I'll allow that it was an exuburent mis-conception during the heat of battle.
All in all, I give the review two thumbs up, not because it is a positive CoI review, but because it is very well researched and quoted developers from the first Close Combat, and CoI was very obviously played extensively before writing the review.
< Message edited by Senior Drill -- 3/30/2007 11:37:48 AM >
C'est magnifique, mais ce n'est pas la guerre. - Pierre Bosquet, 1854