First off, let me state with that I am an avid wargamer. That include many PC games, such that the SSI, SSG Paradox and Matrix games, and old boardgames (Squad Leader, Longest Day, World in Flames, and yes, War in the east/War in Europe). So I am not lacking in experience.
This is my second playthru as German against a normal SU AI opponent. The first full playthru I had captured Leningrad, Moscow, the Crimea, and was on the outskirts of Stalingrad (some by 1942, Stalingrad by 1943). At that point the SU did start to push and I lost Moscow and was pushed away from Stalingrad. At that point my defense solidified, and I played to mid 1944 without losing significant ground or troops. I figured that this was a sure win, so stopped playing.
Now, a year later, I have returned to playing the game. This, only my second playthru, even though I have refined my attack, it looks like it is playing out quite similiar to my first playthru. I am just gone thru the first mud turns of 1941. I have almost cut Leningrad off from supply (outskirts), am closing on Moscow (4 hexes away) and Stalino (5 hexes with very weak opposition).
My questions is this:
1) Has patches made for the later part of the game to play out differently?
2) Do I have a better chance of an outright win?
3) Does the SU have a better chance of an aggressive successful late war campaign against me?
This is a great game, but I am hoping for a little replayability.