I am most impressed by the improvements in the amphibious invasion execution,not only screening units for when transports are crossing the Atlantic but also the screening of the north and southern ends of the English Channel to protect the invasion fleet. In SC1/SC2 a human player could deal havoc with the transports. In SC3 the human player will have to rethink its strategy for the Western front.
Do you try to stop D-Day from the sea and/or from the air? Looking forward to the strategies that players will develop.
Stop from the Sea - Use Subs to sink the invasion fleet, requires investment in sub tech and subs
Stop from the Air - Use Long Range Bombers to sink the transports. Requires fighters to escort the bombers.
Stop from the Sea and Air - Use both Subs and Bombers to sink the transports - Expensive in terms of MPPs.
When playing as the Allied player it will be interesting to see whether the Axis AI always follows the same strategy in the Eastern and Western fronts, and whether the mix of combat units it chooses to produce is always the same.
When I modded the SC2 Axis AI years ago, I usually gave it 2-3 bonus units to mix things to add some variety; 20% (2 Bombers) or 20% (3 subs) or 20% (2 rockets) or 20% (2 tanks) or 20% (4 infantry) and I linked the research script to the bonus units. If the Axis AI received 2 bonus rockets it was more likely to research rocket tech, if the AI received bonus subs it was more likely to research subs. The one thing that the research script lacked was an option to halt research if no units of that type existed; i.e. do not research subs if you have no subs, do not research rockets if you have no rockets. I worked around this by having the linked scripts run for only a limited time, before returning to the more general research script.
The other mod that I added was new Axis AI offensive, production and research scripts that executed if Russia surrendered.
The AI had a 50% to follow either a 1) conquer England last strategy (after attacking and conquering all other countries (Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Egypt, Vichy France, Spain, Portugal and Sweden) or a 2) invade England first strategy.
< Message edited by EdwinP -- 8/15/2016 4:39:47 PM >