I purchased the game immediately on site. An impulse buy. The main reason I have visited Matrix Games over the years was primarily waiting for Combat Leader to arrive. That never materialized, no problem. The crew at Matrix has quite a few old Close Combat fans stuffed in its ranks. Close Combat: Cross of Iron arrived on the scene. I waited, I watched, I read reviews--sold. I purchased Cross of Iron and enjoyed the new campaign.
Now, we come across Close Combat: Modern Tactics. I bought Cross of Iron--it wasn't a brand new Close Combat, but it was fun, a lot of effort went into make it worth our while. I expected no less from CC Modern Tactics. Even if Close Combat: Modern Tactics is just a retread of Road to Baghdad, which was a modded Close Combat V: Invasion Normandy, I should have a lot of fun with this title too. It's Close Combat for goodness-sake, what could possibly go wrong?
So I bought it. Impulse buy. Right out the gate. Easy money. Right?
Wrong. Me=sucker. The reality is that you should never ever buy a game without learning as much about it as possible.
I expected a campaign, but there wasn't one. Bad on me. But it's my $29, I'll live. But I didn't expect pathfinding and infantry movement to be so jacked up. I would have accepted this title as a stripped down version of Road to Baghdad if it just worked like the other Close Combat titles worked. I asked for assistance with horrible pathfinding on a road the pre-mission brief asked I traverse (Ops Center Black) and I got back a replay of the entire contingent of armor and infantry avoiding the road. This alarmed me (as posted in this very forum). For a game with "tactics" in the title, you would think I could at least move a tank from point A to point B (with multiple waypoints attempting to avoid obstacles) without it getting stuck on a tree, another tank, or the little tanker voice telling me to screw off. ("The way is blocked!")
I have a lot of games and wargames cluttered in my office and I have never asked for my money back on a game just because I didn't like it. But this title is buggy. That alone doesn't bother me either. But what does bother me is that the issues I have with this game apparently won't be addressed/fixed. So, now I'm in a situation I don't want to be in. It is my position that the game I purchased is not functioning properly, it's broken, and I want my money refunded. Hopefully Matrix Games understands my position but they made it clear to me that I ain't getting that cash back! So buyer beware.
If nothing else, I will learn to spend my money more wisely in the future, no more impulse buying for me. Sorry Matrix Games, this game doesnt' hold up to Close Combat games we all know and love. Better luck next time. As for those reading, like I said, never buy a title until you read as much as you can about it. Be wary and wise.