From: San Diego (Lives in Indianapolis)
i myself would like a new engine, been looking at Ultimate General Civil War, but while it offers great eye candy, good counters and a very good engine, and as i have no idea of the history part, but it seems to be alright in the historic part, the only thing that puts me off is the design, as it's a RTS, which means to me, and yes i've played it, (as my friends have it) a utter load of garbage for the older slower type of player like me, while battles are meant to be fluid and happen in real time, it's too full on and fast for my liking and as of yet i've not got used to or enjoyed a single game of the type which is RTS either, yes battles are fast and fluid, but games imo should be more relaxed and offer a slower more detailed and easier pace of events, i want to build up forces, march them to a given area and what it all unfold and got to pot at a much slower pace.
Gary Grigsby's War Between the States does a good job of displaying the right level of detail and plays well, but as you don't see and watch the battles play out, same as Civ war 2 by Ageod, i can't really get the feeling of fighting i can from Brother against Brother.
yes maps are really well done, engine is usable but imo showing it's age, same as the editor, or lack of a better one, which most of us would have hopped for, the eye candy is well for no better words, old and basic and doesn't look too good over the passages of time on a more modern pc either and looks quite block'y on high end zooms, but putting all this aside, the battles + maps + love that's gone into it, with the design and depth and layout and overall feel of playing in the right time frame and date, does make you think you are the commander in the field at the time, or does to me anyway, which makes it for me, also the best simulator of battles for time and period done to date.
all it needs imo is a new engine
and not one that can't do more than a 64x64 box either, it has to do the level of detail of the maps now or better, not smaller.
it has to support a higher level of zoom, meaning a higher level of detail on the units.
a editor which is and can be used by anyone, even a halfwit like myself.
the same amount of maps and mission, i myself careless if it's the same battles even, or different ones, but some new ones would be nice, and no i don't care which ones either, as if the same battles been done a 1000 times, i'm sure these developers could do it better, no matter which battle or map were picked
Old news, I am sure, but Ultimate General Civil War is very arcadey and its historical accuracy and modelling is non-existent. It is a fun game, but if what you want is a more realistic portrayal of American Civil War combat in 'realish' time, then Scourge of War and Take Command are the best available (specifically in the real time genre).
Playing at war is a far better vocation than making people fight in them.