I'm really enjoying it. It feels quite different from Vanilla (more in a sec).. The map plays great, the AI turn speed is not impacted from vanilla.
Things I love, was surprised at or didn't expect -
I've been playing vanilla World at War a lot recently and reverting to the European theatre map scale has been very refreshing. In many ways the general and strategic challenge is greater as manoeuvre and tactical deployment, penetration, and defence come into play at this map scale whereas they do not in the entirely strategic approach of WaW.
The use/ option choice of Divisions, Corps and Armies is super intriguing. There is a budget/cost and tactical decision to be made that adds a surprising mount of game play decisions. Sometimes a division is just right for a particular defensive role or even a minor side operation (in the Balkans etc), so why waste resources? Other times Corps or Army on offence is essential. Get it wrong and you're in trouble. Its also great to be aware of the additional attack turn of Corps and Armies and slower mobility. All nice touches.
I love all of the new political decisions. Some have real impact, some, I suspect, due to game engine constraints are just for flavour, but are still really cool.
I would ask that you maybe enhance your Sealion options. I enjoyed your enhanced stuff on Sealion by the 'yes' 'no' basically award a couple of Division one for seaborne offence the other choice a couple of land divisions. I would love to see more work on this choice as I think it could be an amazing option. In addition, a warning that the Sealiion choice was coming up a few turns ahead and what you needed to think about would be cool.
Some thoughts -
I didn't defeat France until late August!! My target was (obviously) around May. I was tempted at this point to give up as I thought I had messed up, but played on as the extra time had allowed me to develop tech and resources and still invade Russia on schedule. We'll see how that goes.
I like Russia's slow initial mobilisation and very steady build up, it creates tension and tactical opportunities.
The Afrika Corps spawning in Africa - thank you!
The map feels huge.. in a good way. I think the reason I was months late in defeating France is that SC is SUCH A DIFFERENT GAME in the European scale map mode to WaW mode. In the European theatre you really need to use tactics and manoeuvre.
For now I will sign off by saying in this map mode Stalingrad looks soooo far away ... I love it :)
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