Hi, I had a few questions as a complete newb after playing the main Axis campaign up till the eve of Barbarossa and terminating the campaign in frustration:
1. What are you supposed to do as Japan - especially vis-a-vis China? Japan has no tanks or mechanized infantry to start out with, and hence no multi-strike unit. So it just seems that you just get bogged down in China, and there is no real soft spot to push through in China's human wave defensive line. If Japan struggles this much against China as the only enemy, I cannot imagine how it will go when the U.S. and the U.K. join the fun - which prompts me to ask the next question.
2. Is there any way to avoid fighting the U.S. as Japan?
3. If you must fight the U.S. as Japan, is a repeat of the Pearl Harbor attack necessary?
4. Is an early thrust into the Soviet Far East as Japan - in conjunction with Barbarossa - advisable?
5. Germany, in contrast to Japan, seems more straightforward and easier, except the issue of Afrika Korps: Namely, given that they spawn in southern Europe - rather than Africa - is it worthwhile to assign them their historical role and send them to Libya? Or better to throw them at Barbarossa?
6. Also for Germany, is Sea Lion - especially for a newb like myself - feasible?
Edit: Forgot to ask:
7. Is their any advantage to declining the Vichy settlement and continue to fight France?
Hi, I am new as well, but have played a few games so maybe can help.
I also abandoned my first game in disgust. I was playing as Japan, got bogged down in China and then the USA declared war and invaded North Japan. Hopeless situation.
For my next games I switched to soft build limits. This is a bit of a cheat, but doing so allowed me to learn the game mechanics because I had more units to hand and was able to experiment.....
1. China is a bummer. The whole country is basically mountains and impassable terrain. Take Nanning ASAP and then concentrate on areas where your troops can advance. Man the centre and advance in the north and south. Encircle whenever you can and get ready for a long hard slog.
2. Not really, but investing DPs will hopefully buy you some time. I try and keep them out of the war for as long as possible while I'm bogged down in China. Also, it's important to note that the USA AI is rubbish. They will probably invade Japan but don't follow it up properly with re-reinforcements etc (at least in my games). Keep enough defenders on the homeland and they will eventually kick the yanks out while the USA sail other invasion forces around the South Pacific on a booze cruise. In the meantime. use any spare MPP's to build naval units.
3. Haven't tried pearl harbour for 2 reasons. Firstly it would bring the USA into the war (which I want to avoid) and secondly the USA will quickly replace any losses and then some. Avoided this choice because it seems to offer a small short turn gain and long term pain.
4. Being at war with the USA/CW and the remnants of China I decided not to complicate things by attacking Russia as well. Playing as Germany in a different game, Japan did do this. Didn't help them much.
5. You get the Africa Corp v cheap. I send them them to the eastern front and take care of N Africa later.
6. It wasn't feasible historically and I haven't tried it. In my latest game (as Germany) I have defeated Russia etc and am about to try a UK invasion.. Do they like it up 'em? We will see.
7. How much time do you want to spend in the west? I agreed to Vichy so I can transfer units to take the Balkans/Greece etc quickly. You can always take Vichy and their garlic stinking outposts later...
I only play as 1 major power. Not sure what happens if you play more...