From: Northern California
I also love the CC game series. I started playing when CC1 first came out and was then published by Microsoft (developed by Atomic Games).
Microsoft also published a book about CC1, and I remember that was the first time I read about the psychological issues involved in combat. The book also gave hints on how to set up your troops which helped me learn the game.
I bought CC2 when it came out and I remember being impressed with the updated graphics and game play. Back then (late 1990's), there was a gaming forum setup on AOL for CC2 and ended up chatting with this one guy (later I found out he was just 12-13 years old). It turns out he could change some of the weapons by using a spreadsheet (his dad was a programmer). For example, he gave a pistol the firepower of a Cromwell Tank! (laughing) :-) and etc. He also told me that if I would mortar certain buildings (within certain scenarios) there was a good chance of igniting these hidden areas where explosives were setup. He sent me a screenshot of one such explosion. You could even go inside the building, find the 'box' and fire at it and it would go off (eventually).
Close Combat is my new hobby game series.
I would like to know,
-Which episode do you prefer?
-Do you prefer battles, operations or campaigns?
-What parameters (duration, fow, realism ..) of battles do you prefer?
I recently purchased CCLSA which is an updated version of CC2. I am still exploring the game but really like the way point system (11.4 in manual) and the idea of Night Time Battles (12.2). The game parameters I currently use for Battles:
1. AI = Line Strength
2. Realism Ratings = Nothing Checked
3. Battle Ends = "With all Objectives Taken" checked
I plan on playing a grand campaign as the Germans and will gradually increase the difficulty of the AI with each new campaign.
If you just want to play a quick game or want to explore/test a specific feature (like if you start getting ideas for game tactics) then a battle is a good choice. For example, I watched this video on "Steam" about CCLSA and I began to get ideas for tactics. That's when I decided to buy the game.
If you are brand new to the game, the key to playing is coordinating your infantry teams and/or infantry teams with armor support to accomplish a single goal.. like take a building or area. Use multiple teams of men to accomplish larger goals, like taking the entire town.
Good Luck and Have Fun!
< Message edited by jhyden -- 2/18/2019 7:48:50 AM >