I wish I had some freaking money, ATD2 looks awesome. I already own Kharkov. Aside from this stupid price thread, I haven't seen one significant negative comment about this game.
Compared to some of the bad feedback you see on other game forums, of mainstream games, that in itself says a lot, IMO.
It would be great if players new to this series would take the plunge, especially based on the excellent review at PC World.
For $90.00 the typical new player would be looking at least 100 hours of gameplay. Actually, 100 hours of very diverse gameplay. Considering it takes roughly 20 hours to beat the typical 3d game, ATD2 is actually a bargain.
Personally, I think players make too big a deal out of the number of scenarios. I also own TOAW III, where there are literally dozens of scenarios, and I play the SSG series way more, because it's a more interesting design approach.
Which, by the way, if you are looking for a game with numerous scenarios, get TOAW III.
There is a user made Viet Nam series available that would take the rest of your life to play through, it's huge, if that's what you are looking for.
But you cannot beat the quality of gameplay found in the SSG series, that's the difference between the two.
You can also pick up on the earlier releases, like Battles in Normandy, and Korsun Pocket. Although the engine is different, the gameplay is mega fun. You don't directly control the artillery. As long as it is within range, it automatically supports an attack. I really like those earlier releases because of this factor.
To sum up, screw the price, and don't cop an attitude about the tentative discount promises that were made, the Kharkov/ATD2 package is awesome. Remember, this a handful of guys busting their butts to make one of the highest quality games in the industry.