Old War Gamer Perspective
Bought the World at War and give everyone my perspective and experience, I bought the original Strategic Command long ago, and played it a few times and liked it. Also at the time I remember myself and my war gaming buddy comparing it to a computerized version of Avalon Hill's "Third Reich", so we played it and liked it, but it was all most too simple, but it was fun to play TCIP. I did not buy any of the follow-on Strategic Command games till recently, when I heard they were going to put out a complete world version, so on a whim I bought Strategic Command: War in Europe version, just to see how the game had changed and if I was going to buy the World at War version.
I loved the War in Europe game, and thought this is not the Strategic Command game I remember, it was much more detailed and deeper. I much looked forward to the World at War version thinking the map scale and time scale would be similar, but alas they are not. The game is fun to play, but the real value is in do I want to re-play it over and over. I would have MUCH prefer a smaller scale map and shorter time scale. But I do understand this is a business and perhaps my group is too small to have the impact of the younger crowd. But we do have a lot more money, and I do not mind paying for a larger map version. I also do not mind how long the AI takes to do the turn, that is what makes the game great....to me.
Now granted we are both somewhat grognards, as we each have War in the Pacific, War in the East and West and tactical games like Combat Mission and so on, so for us, realism, detail matter. We are both retired Army Officers and life long war gamers.
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