You know, as I mentioned, I always liked SSG. Always thought they were a fine company and made great games. So I waited several days for someone from the company to come on and explain the differences and maybe why he thought his game was better. Nobody came. So I bought toaw.
I played toaw since it came out although I kinda got away from it a couple years ago and always thought it was a fine game. Now it's better. Covers the entire century plus some. Has tons of scenarios already available. And I still don't see why bf is better. And I'm pleasantly surprised to see a better Harpoon. This is another one I played since it came out (through the 2002 version) and kind of got away from it a couple years ago. Very nice that MG is sponsoring updates to two of my favorite games. But, still, I probably would have bought bf instead if Gregor or someone had come on to explain why it's better. But he didn't. What I thought, tell you the truth, is that there was likely a reason he didn't.
Have sent a note to Gregor to address this for you. First though, I think its unfair to compare a game that has not gone gold yet to a new release from the same publisher. I've posted that TOAW3 is on my short list of best/favorite games (its #5). BII is #1!!! BF is not on the list as its not complete yet (hasn't gone gold). It will rock. Will it be better than TOAW3? Yeah, I think so (personal opinion of a beta tester).
Buying TOAW3 is good thing Buying BII is an even better thing lt's not going anywhere and I highly recommend it!!! I really encourage operational wargame fans to buy both!!!!!!!! There shouldn't be a TOAW is the only wargame crowd (yet I have long gotten that vibe ). BII should be on every TOAW player's computer too (and vice versa)!!!
BII vs. TOAW3... I recommend both!!! TOAW set the bar for operational games. Only DBWWII series (BII is far & away the best of the series) has met the challenge to raise the bar. It did!!! Of course it is a WWII focused game. Its probably better than TOAW thru Middle East 56. More modern conflicts I don't think you can use it for... Overall pluses of BII (quality of scenarios, do scenarios tend to match historical results, do minimal stupid things happen, less number of bugs, etc...) make it my favorite. Available scenarios for BII are many and they tend to be better than those availabe for TOAW.
Combat engines are very different. I perfer BII (by far) but TOAW does somethings better. Movement is better in TOAW (unit movement, time phased is an area TOAW handles much better than BII). Supply, unit quality, disorganization, and fatigue are areas that BII handles better. Actual combat is even (TOAW has huge fog of war factor, BII gives you perfect idea of possibilities and then random results). I don't like the combat phases of TOAW... good idea, handled much better in TOAW3, still needs improvement. Truncated turns and "evaporated units" are the worst parts of TOAW. BII does a great job of limited intelligence... until units come into contact (then its total knowledge). Worst part of BII.
As mentioned by Joe above I think the BII interface is much better than TOAW.
Hope this helps (after the fact)