From: new milford, ct
- Japan has nuclear subs
Depends on your opponent and your skill. I am playing 3 PBEMs and dont have a real problem with Jap subs.
- Japan can outproduce the Allies in aircraft
I just dont know. I am up to 4/44 in one PBEM and rule the skies.
- Coastal guns overpowered
They can be nasty, depends on your skill. I have had some success in Darwin and that is it. Allies dont have many forts except I guess in Russia.
- Catalinas rule as long range torpedo bombers
Hasnt been the case with me, but I dont use them on naval attack early in the game and because i dont get enough to use them as such. I will bet the overall success is down to a few spectacular events and lots of lost PBYs
- US B-29's not worth scrap metal
Not sure yet, but you have to be careful with all your air assets. You cant send hordes of bombers like you could in WITP. In two weeks of continuous bombing of Rangoon, I have lost 2 B29 to ops, none to anything else. This is 10 squadrons of 7.
- PT boat armadas rule the waves
I wish. Not like WITP at all, I use them for harbor defense and in that role, they sacrifice themselves to the Gods of Jap Bombardment TFs
- Chinese army starves in place as Japan bombs their industry to stone age
What industry? Since Patch 2 or 3, I cant recall which, the China theatre is a quagmire and if Japan decides to pursue an active front there, then he is going to probably run short of supplies somewhere else. You just have to keep poking to find the soft spot.
This game is a lot better than WITP. I have erased WITP from my hard drive and the game is for sale for anyone who wants to buy it. There are warts and the developers work at correcting them, but the pluses way out weight the minuses IMHO (which isnt very humble). Way points, patrol zones (ASW patrol zones really can kill a lot of subs), a more realistic air to air game-although there are some who dont like it but this isnt an air to air combat simulator, it is war in the South Pacific- no more uber cap, no more planes on steroids flying forever, training ability etc really make this more fun than WITP. And I like the extra goodies one gets if a rambunctious Jap goes to far in India, Australia or New Zealand. As Japan, I took Australia in a WITP PBEM and I know I could not do this in AE although New Zealand is probably doable, especially in Scen 2.
So, bottom line, any truth to concerns? And that aside, would folks still recommend starting a PBEM? Or better to wait?
Your mileage may vary.
"Its a dog eat dog world Sammy and I am wearing Milkbone underwear" -Norm.