Hi all - been lurking here awhile and have recently made the less than $20 leap during the recent holiday sale. I have been watching XTRG and THG's YouTube matches (yes, both sides!), have read the manual, and tried out the Coral Sea scenario. Also - fantastic posts by this community have really helped.
I felt like I had a decent grasp of the game and so, I started up the full campaign (with quiet China) as the Allies on the Historical AI difficulty level...
I am only a couple weeks into the game (Dec 24) and I feel that I am absolutely crushing the Japanese AI. The KB struck PH, hit Johnston Island and then sailed off into the sunset (west direction) and I have not seen since. Outside of Pearl attack, I have lost a couple Lt cruisers, some transports and a Tanker, along with some damage to a couple CAs. I have decimated multiple amphibious task forces and the AI keeps sending more transports to the slaughter. On the morning of Dec 24 the point score stands at Japanese 3169 and Allied 11583. I feel like I should start over and amp up the difficulty.
Again, this is versus AI so I know the answer will be 'play a human' - but if I was to restart another campaign versus AI, what campaign or difficulty setting would you recommend? Should I just go right to the Ironman campaign? Or the Hakko Ichiu version? At what AI difficulty - hard, very hard? Or am I being blissfully ignorant and the AI is actually playing possum?
Sadly, the AI (for either side) is just not up to the level of a human player or maybe even your average possum. It has a tendency to reinforce failure over and over. Bumping up the difficulty level doesn't change this aspect of the AI by much.
Ironman would probably be your better bet over Hakko Ichui. It gives the Japanese AI a lot more toys to play with so the heavy losses don't set it back as much. Either that or play more conservatively and allow the AI to advance at least to it's historical perimeter.
I think the best game I ever had against the Japanese AI was one where I edited the Lexington and Enterprise to be at Pearl Harbor on December 7th. Incredibly, they didn't get sunk but were badly damaged and in dry-dock for months killing the usual temptation to go on early carrier raids with Admiral Halsey. The Japanese AI eventually got destroyed in the course of the camapign but it took a bit longer.