From: Eastern US
Does the AI use the new features in the Advanced Edition over the original?
In the vast majority of cases, yes. There are a few areas (ship repair, fx) where the AI uses a simpler model.
- Does the AI use the new features added in the patches?
As above, again, mostly yes.
- Is the game really just for H2H play?
Emphatically, no. Many of us only play against the AI. IMHO, the first time you play most scenarios the AI will give you a good fight for the first year -- or longer, if you get walloped during that first year. Some scenarios vs the AI do not have a great replay value after you've played them once, although AndyMac, our resident stock scenario designer, has put in multiple variable openings for the Japanese AI in the campaign game.
Fortunately, there are a wide range of scenarios and variants available so you can always find a fresh challenge, even vs. the AI. Some of the variants are only designed for H2H, but there are plenty of opportunities to watch the AI kick your butt.
WitP-AE -- US LCU & AI Stuff
Oddball: Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves? Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here? Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?