From: Alberta, Canada
ORIGINAL: Paul McNeely
I understand what you are saying but I don't think it is a good idea in a historical simulation to allow players to control production. It always ends up with a change from a historical simulation to a game of "Blue Force" versus "Red Force." Not to mention min-maxing and other such joys.
If that is your cup of tea, fill your boot. For me I want a simulation of the historic setting. I don't think that results in a lock step with what happened historically either. I find that the worst straw man argument in existence.
But again this is my view on it, I doubt very much it is widely held and I understand the reason people prefer something where they can "twiddle" more. From time to time I feel the call of the dark side even.
I am playing 2 games with both settings as Japan. My AAR is with PDU off and another game is with PDU on. I have to admit I like the flexibility of PDU on to improve my overall air ability in the game. With PDU off in the AAR I'm very limited in the number of units I can actually upgrade to better models, and many of my squadrons can't change to newer models till mid-43 and in many cases that is going from a Sonia I to a Sonia Ib . I have so many Nate, Sonia and Ann units that I just can't mount far reaching invasions with adequate air support. That being said I like the challenge of trying to actually use what I have been given to the best of my ability.
You can look at things two ways. PDU off allows you to see if you can do better in the game compared to what actually happened historically, but it is limiting in what you can do as Japan in my opinion. PDU on allows you to markedly improve Japan's chances of putting up a sustained fight throughtout the game. I like both, but if I wanted to just play a simulation in which I have no chance of actually winning the war, or doing things differently to see what might have happened, then why bother ever playing Japan? As I mentioned, I like both...so it all comes down to what playing style people prefer, but if this was purely a simulation of historical events, I wouldn't be playing this game.
< Message edited by SqzMyLemon -- 5/3/2010 7:15:02 PM >