But have they fixed the North Africa problem?
If you mean the general inactivity of the AI outside Europe, the straight answer is : no. But it gives you a damn' good fight in France and Russia. In other words : pretty good tactical AI, but average strategic AI. Not any worse than the one in Strategic Command, Clash of Steel, Third Reich and other comparabable games mind you.
And I understand that the U-Boats was seen as a problem by some and not others...I think I may have eventually been swayed by their depiction of what was going on...but I still stopped building subs after that.
The 1939 U-Boats in the game are indeed easy prey, but if you advance U-boat technology a couple of levels and the Allies don't take countermeasures they'll be in world of pain.
Other than that I concur with Marc that it was *the* hit-game at Spiel, just because it isn't a die-hard grog-only wargame. Everyone could just pick it up and go, no need to read the manual, just play.