From: Salinas, CA
ORIGINAL: Mark Clark
OK, again, WTF??? The German airforce in the West is HUGE and grows by several squadrons every turn IN 1944!!!! Moreover, they are all level 4. The Americans, stuck at level 3, cannot even dent them. Not once, not ever. Suicide mission every time. Every sortie, you lose a step (or two), they lose nothing. Every. Single. Time.
So only the Brits can play. And only if the player spends a fortune (and several turns) upgrading every squadron to 4. Well, when a German squadron is at 10 steps, you basically have to spend five steps to knock it down to 9 or 8, at which time you might have a chance--but only with a full strength squadron. So, you grind one of yours down to five to give another one at 10 three chances to knock a German unit down to (maybe) 7. Basically, the Germans completely dominate the air--IN 1944!!!!!!!!!
And where are they getting the money for this airforce? I have their cities consistently at or close to zero through strat bombing.
The mechanics of this game have a lot going for it but the balance is atrocious. It is, fundamentally, broken and a joke.
The AI research looks like magic because it is magically programmed that AI controlled countries get the next level of tech on a set time basis. There is a whole section of the event programming that gives the AI-controlled countries their new tech levels on a set time basis. The AI's don't have to spend any PP's on research.
The AI is given many cheats. I see that the AI countries aren't hampered by the 10% reinforcement limitation we have when in enemy territory, they can add massive reinforcements into units in enemy territory as if they were in their home country. The AI countries have magic strategic movement, they don't even need to be near rail lines to use it. I do see AI's wasting too many PP's on STP's and AIP's.
The Artificial Ignorance does many things wrong but these cheats help level the playing field against us humans. I play around with the AI for a faster game but for a better game I play all countries myself. I don't get as much suspense but do get a better game playting solitaire.
You do realize that you can go into the saved game files and edit things like tech levels don't you? They're basically OpenOffice spreadsheets and you can edit them to change or fix things. So cheat the cheating AI, it's only fair.