You seem to forget Max, I rarely buy a "retail" release, I've said for quite awhile now many games do not warrant immediate purchase upon release, because they are "repeats", the same ole same ole, Paradox just stands out because they release the most bug ridden and flawed games "out of the box" in the past.
I've never stated WitP, HTTR, CM blada blada blada was a better game, I've stated that gamers on unofficial sites speak out more about the "whole truth" of the games than "fanbois" or at official forum sites. True Critics bring out what should be in reviews, not just the sugar coating. True Critics tell about the company, development and past performance history of these companies and developers.
You guys are the ones that seem to want your games to be numerouno, me, I could care less, all I am concerned with is saving money and saving anyone else from wasting money on an "incomplete" game (and even that portion is minimal, if people want to waste their money it's their business, I am one that like to be sure they are informed about what they are getting overall). All of them are incomplete nowadays. You won't see me giving any credits to WitP, HTTR, Korsun Pocket (I don't even own them as far as that goes), CM (which I do own was bought off ebay).
I bought "one" retail strategy wargame last year. Spartan and the reader/player reviews for it on Gamerankings.com "match" HOI 2 point for point 6.6, but, the difference? Spartan wasn't riddled with a need for a patch, the version I bought "out of the box" was 1.013, the last and only patch version after that was 1.017 and all it did was reduce the AI difficulty because so many whined about how "hard" it was and setup Spartan to be able to use some of the features in Gates of Troy. lol I didn't have to wait a "year and a half" for it to be fun and playable, as per HOI and EU 2, I didn't have to run to the official website on a daily, weekly, monthly basis looking for the next patch either. Already HOI 2 requires a run to the official form for a patch "out of the box patch" and another patch soon to follow.
Understand my points it has nothing to do with HOI 2 persay, it has everything to do with Paradox and the way they release their games and all those patches necessary for a finished product.