ORIGINAL: Gary Childress
This is a major coup in my book! I had a $25 coupon for Amazon.com. For $11.50 TOTAL, (including shipping etc.) I just received the Wargamer's Choice Strategy Six Pack.
The pack includes:
1. Sudden Strike II
2. Cossacks (Back to War)
3. American Conquest:
4. Combat Mission: Beyond Overlord
5. Strategic Command: European Theater
6. No Man's Land: Fight for Your Rights
Wow! I am psyched!
Combat Mission 1 is great for nostalgia's sake, and was a good game when relased, but has been made pretty well obsolete by CM Barbarossa and CM Afrika Korps. Still a good game in it's own right though, though frustrating to go back to if you played the newer ones.
Strategic Command is actually really fun IMO, I've been playing with it since it came out. I played the demo for Commander: Europe at War and it seemed like almost a clone of SC to me with up to date graphics (it probably isn't, I don't know). SC is basically Panzer General on a grand scale with a really crappy research system, still pretty fun in a "beer and pretzels" sort of way.
I tried to play American Conquest, either the game runs WAY too fast on my PC (which isn't top of the line by any means), or you need to be on Meth/Cocaine/10+ chugged pots of Coffee to play it effectively.
No idea on the others, I've heard Cossacks was fun, not sure if it requires extreme stimulant use to play like American Conquest seems to.
For $11.50, you could probably get your money's worth out of Combat Mission 1, flaws be damned, and SC, although if you own Commander: Europe at War, SC probably won't be so great.