On this thread a few people have stated that they would have prefered Across the Dneper 2 to have been released as a stand alone game. I would be very strongly opposed to that, and I would urge SSG not to return to that older system.
It is that system which they used for the earlier games, up through Battlefront, and it worked badly. Each game featured improvements in the game engine over what was included in the preceeding game. Consequently the preceeding game became somewhat out of date, so that by now there are 4 different older game engines, all of them significantly different from the current Kharkov engine. The older games (I own all of them except Battles in Italy) are all good games, but I never play them any more because I would have to go back and relearn the system, and because the Kharkov engine is superior to any of them, and because disk space is at a premium on some of my computers. Each new game diminished the preceeding game(s) and, to some extent, made them obsolete.
Instead, under the current system the new expansion added substantial improvements to the existing Kharkov gaame (the last 2 patches were added to Kharkov in anticipation of Across the Dneper), as well as three new battles, one of which has 3 scenerios and another of which has several interesting "what if" variants. Under the new system each new release adds to the existing game(s), which will therefore remain fresh and exciting indefinately. I haven't even bought Across the Dneper yet (though I intend to, it sounds like a very exciting and interesting game), but it already has revived my interest in Karkov and enhanced my enjoyment of it.. The system and the game will be in essence "evergreen", always fresh and up to date, and always expanding.
For those who like detailed and accurate wargames, and haven't yet bought Kharkov, I would highly reccomend it. It's a a real bargain that now includes 4 battles (5 if you count Soltsy), each very different from the others, with numerous variants / scenerios, and with still more content in the works. All of them have AI's that are quite good, a situation which is very different from the earlier games where most of the user made scenerios were PBEM only. You may later decide to buy Across the Dneper or some future scenerio pack(s), but Kharkov is the "gateway drug" that will hook you into some of the best gaming around.
< Message edited by jeffreys -- 4/9/2010 6:43:38 AM >
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