Guess the thread title says it all. I am wondering what folks think about this.
In my current full Case Blue campaign, playing as Germany against "Normal" Soviet AI, I am struggling to see how it is possible for the player to match how the Germans did in real life. I consider myself a reasonably competent player, having spent lots of time with Warsaw to Paris, but recognizing pretty quickly that the Soviets are a much harder opponent than anything faced in the previous DC game. I've achieved several modest-sized encirclements and have driven 'cautiously aggressively' (if that makes sense) toward Voronezh, Rostov, Millerowo etc. But it's now July 26, and I am by no means on the brink of taking Rostov, which is protected by a steel curtain of tank corps, arty, AT guns etc. etc., although I am rushing 11th Army elements as fast as possible to help out. I've been at the gates of Voronezh for a few turns but despite some gambles have not been able to break through. My best progress has been with XIV Corps, taking Vorosilovgrad, but 1st Panzer Army is by no means on the verge of a breakthrough, as I can already see Russian hordes assembling to block any thrust toward the Don.
On one hand, I'm of course pleased to see such a tough AI opponent. On the other hand, the Soviets do seem to be somewhat overpowered -- in how the AI uses them, if not in historical numbers -- than compared to real life.