Thank you so much for your kind answer and offers. Yesterday I experienced something disturbing: an enemy infantry platoon just walked out into the open to hold a mission objective. The troops on the objective just stood there while being blasted by three tanks. This in itself seems pretty horrible AI. But what really annoyed me was that they were just sitting there for twenty turns, being mortared and shelled by tanks thirty-five meters away just to be on that mission objective. They did not try to get close and drive off my tanks or tried to hide in better cover or anything.
This seems dangerously broken to me. Since I am a new player, my question is: is this always the case? Is the AI that simplistic; just sit on the objective no matter what? Doesn't this make the game very easy in the long run?
That does sound bad. But it hasn't been my experience with the game. Was the squad pinned? Could it see the tanks that were firing at it? Were you playing with SOP on? If an infantry unit isn't pinned, my experience is that they retreat away from AFV's pretty fast, even if they are on an objective, unless they have some cover. But if they are pinned they won't be able to move.
Are you playing with SOP turned on? In the options you can set SOP to on or off. If you have it set to on (which I recommend) you can set the SOP for the unit to be either Standard (which is what it is if you don't use SOP at all, Aggressive, sort of 'hold at all costs', or Cautious, don't risk getting shot).
Thanks and let me know if you keep getting that odd behavior. There are a lot of factors that go into determining how a unit will react to a threat but an Infantry squad in the open shouldn't be be standing up to and enemy tank.
< Message edited by Rick -- 3/12/2017 6:40:00 PM >