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The Hidden Gem - 11/14/2013 5:40:47 AM   
Panman


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I've always wanted to try this game, but after watching the you tube videos, it just never really grabbed me. I'm not a big demo person because I don't feel they give you the real depth of the game. They are usually enough to see if you like the mechanics, graphics, etc ... but unless they are full featured, I personally haven't had much luck with them. With this title being the Deal of the Week I decided to give it a go. Been looking for something different. So ... how soon does the new expansion come out ... I am ready to purchase now ... and yes I got Ghost Divisions too (felt guilty at getting the title at 50% off and used that to ease my conscience ). I'm still getting my feet wet, but I can see this being one title I return to over and over again.

I usually don't like the idea of playing cards in a war game (just seems wrong to me) but it fits here. They have become part of my overall strategy and don't unbalance the scenarios. Played correctly, I can see where they could make or break a scenario ... almost like committing that reserve unit just at the right time.

The interface is not as intuitive as it could be. Having not played the board game, I think its just part of the normal learning curve. With a couple of play throughs of the tutorial scenarios, I was able to catch on without too much trouble.

The 3d graphics are nice though I find it difficult to see enemy units sometimes. The chit option does make that easier and with the option to flip back and forth with relative ease between the options, it quickly became a non-issue for me.

The scenario movies at the end are REALLY a nice feature. That was really a pleasant surprise. I really liked being able to watch the maneuvers and quickly found myself evaluating all the mistakes I made, how I should have done it, what I need to improve on ... that was really nice.

If you are on the fence about this title, I would have to recommend it. I hope the developers continue on with additional modules. I'd really like to see some Western Front, Pacific, or North African add-ons in the future. Rest assured, I will be purchasing them all on release day.
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RE: The Hidden Gem - 11/14/2013 6:12:37 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Panman
... I'd really like to see some Western Front, Pacific, or North African add-ons in the future. Rest assured, I will be purchasing them all on release day.


+1


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RE: The Hidden Gem - 12/21/2013 7:03:38 PM   
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RE: The Hidden Gem - 12/22/2013 10:48:04 PM   
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In the same boat with ya. I even went out and grabbed the board game version. Hope they keep up the great work.

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RE: The Hidden Gem - 12/23/2013 1:47:16 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: comsolut

+2


+3 all the way.

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RE: The Hidden Gem - 12/23/2013 1:52:50 PM   
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I enjoy the pc game very much.

I also enjoy the board game. To those who say that COH is a "lite" wargame, I answer that COH is less "detailed" than some other squad games - the "details" are built into the game components. I find the command & control aspects of COH to be superior to the more "detailed" systems. Just sayin', not a knock on ASL, ATS, & LnL (I like them all).


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RE: The Hidden Gem - 12/24/2013 7:13:50 PM   
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RE: The Hidden Gem - 12/25/2013 1:25:36 PM   
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I enjoy this game, but bugs need to be fixed asap.

< Message edited by Charly G -- 12/25/2013 2:27:04 PM >

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RE: The Hidden Gem - 12/27/2013 7:12:56 PM   
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RE: The Hidden Gem - 12/27/2013 7:52:49 PM   
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Really wish I felt the same way. Maybe one day it will click for me.

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RE: The Hidden Gem - 12/27/2013 9:02:47 PM   
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I believe that my enjoyment of the board game has contributed to my enjoyment of the pc version. I probably would not enjoy the pc version as much if I didn't already think that COH is the best platoon level (maneuver units being squads)board game out there.

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