Nope, no cake, no eat, a fight and a good one that goes into 45. From what I'm seeing on AARs, most games are over by 43. VE didn't occur until 1945. So, the game is off right now. The Soviets are too strong going into 42 because there's little reason for them to fight, little consequence, and they can preserve the bulk of their army. By 43, their army is overwhelming.
What I'm talking about is game balance and replayability. Right now the game pretty much plays out the same way because Leningrad is too easy to take and because there's little consequences for the Soviets losing cities. The Soviets fought IRL in 1941 and so they should in this game. What happens in 41 should have a long term impact in following years.
The Germans should have 3 considerations entering a game: 1) Victory, 2) Destruction of the Red Army, 3) Economy, or obviously, any combination of the 3. A victory focus should take the battle to the north, with a much tougher Leningrad requiring a significantly higher German focus along with Moscow (and more, most likely). 2) Troop destruction would take the game pretty much anywhere depending on what the Soviets give the Germans, 3) Economic would take the game to the south and should have a MUCH higher impact on the game. Manpower shouldn't be allowed to escape isolated cities, cities should provide a bigger impact on both German AND Soviet production. An active soviet defense would force German committments to one of these objectives. Go for the south, Leningrad holds. Pocket the Soviets (ala Kiev IRL) and risk economy or victory. Rock, paper, scissors.
If the game could balance these considerations, and I believe it can be done without significant code overhauls by putting higher level forts into Leningrad at start of war, tweak VPs for cities, increase economic affect of cities for both sides, it would make for a highly replayable game and people will be playing this for years into the future. The route it's currently going I'm afraid there will be Pelton playing Germans and that's about it.
< Message edited by vicberg -- 2/21/2012 3:20:51 PM >