From: United States
Well my first impressions are this is an okay game. Nothing to scream about yet.
Someone upstream mentioned:
We spent two years working on this making it very detailed yet easier and more fun that GG War In the East.
Actually as a play-tester for CG WITE, I can say that you are quite wrong here.
The graphics in this game are 'okay', it is nice to be able to switch between icons/nato and other types of maps. But it is not really that detailed as compared to WITE. For starters you can only stack one unit in a hex in this game and you can stack 3 in WITE. Also, you have way more operational contorl and rich detail in WITE, not so here. As far as fun, well that remains to be seen. WITE is fun if you like detailed, operational level combat (think in board game terms of GDW's Fire in the East/Scorched Earth combined with SPI's easy War in the East and throw in the most detailed logistics and 'database' game of its era '78 The Campaign for North Africa) and you have GG WITE. This game in comparison to a board war game would be like maybe AH Advanced Third Reich with a little chrome thrown in. Both board games (and hence both of these PC games) have their merits. But your opinion is just that.
I got the game thinking it would be 'that' one PC grand strategy ww2 war game, but I am still looking for that 'one' game.
I'll try this game again but it's definitely not as detailed as WITE, nor is it as detailed as DG WIE, nor is the interface as nice and clean either.
I am glad I got the discount of 30% otherwise I would have been even more disappointed.
Some of the positives this game offers:
You can change the graphics.
It has cool music.
But that is as far as I got so far. I am only somewhat impressed thus far (if I was more impressed I would be playing it right now).
As a stark comparison, when PC first came out I forgot to go to work for 3 days. Now that is an engrossing and frustrating game.
I am going to read the manual and give this another shot, it seems to have potential, maybe when it gets its first set of patches it may be a better game. But as a poster above has already mentioned, if in Dec 39 he took out Poland and the Low Countries and is on the verge of Paris, that is not a very historical game play thus far and extremal disappointing for those that enjoy historically accurate games (aka GG WITE).
War in the East/War in the West - Alpha Test Team