From: Chapel Hill, NC, USA
If you want a Japanese opponent similar to the one faced by the Allies in WW2, than the AI is absolutely perfect. It utilizes poor strategic tactics and it will commit similar (if not exactly the same) mistakes as those seen in the history. Conversely, that require YOU to play as the historical Allies. Sure, you have the advantage of knowing what happened in history (and thus the opportunity to counteract it), but the Allies were a mess at the beginning and you need to play that way. Retreat, fight when outnumbered, don't combine forces in ahistorical fashion, and don't oppose the initial Japanese invasions. You are a punching bag, so act like one!
Pick a month, June 1942, maybe July and from then on you can take the offensive. The gloves are off. The nice thing is that by then, you'll be fighting a war that looks very similar to the historical situation. Maybe not a "Battle of Midway", but there will be a "Coral Sea" and a "Guadalcanal Campaign", and lots of other really cool things will unfold from there. Best of all, remember this. Every dumb thing the AI does from this point forward had a historical counterpart. If you want a strategically competent Japanese opponent, well, that never existed historically. It requires PBEM in order to experience "War in the Pacific as it never was".
Interesting take, Kull.
I've never managed a game vs the AI for more than a couple of months of game time. I personally find that the excitement and thrill of playing against a human opponent is required for me to make the investment of time and energy that this great game requires to play. For those that do play a full campaign against the AI, I think Kull's suggestion is a very good one.
< Message edited by USSAmerica -- 4/10/2019 4:58:16 PM >
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