I have played the great campaign as the cp this weekend in gold edition. It's one of my favourite from ageod, great simulation.
Here some positive points:
1.The combat is really great, better than the other games because you actually can see why you loose (in WIA,NCP ect it seems random sometimes ie. 500 modifiers and you loose 50% of your force on a 5 to 1 advantage)
2.Economics sort of
3. Diplomacy sort of
4. Naval and air combat great (don't understand naval really, but its fun)
5. Pretty Historical with mobile armies then entrenched warfare great!
6. Technology (stosstrups and tanks and arti and gas and planes ect.. cool)
7. planned offensive (dont get that either but its cool)
I know I should read the manual but with monster games I trust my instincts and do what I think makes sense.
Anyways Greece turned CP and Austria had a bit of trouble with serbia. Russia was all over for a while then romania joined them. Kept italy and bulgaria out with diplo spam (CP has too many diplos) Kicked Russia in the a... Georgia with German troops and UK in palestine with other Germans. Austria and Greeced kicked Romania and they started to cry(ie. surrended)Then Russia colapsed in 1817 , Uk gave up and Paris was allready mine.Held for a couple of months . Then I got a decisive Victory. (My first for Agoed usually I get minor victories
Now the dark side:
-It lags as hell sometimes, very slow very slow particularly in the deployment phase (can take up to 2 min for it to wake up). (Athlon 64 Dual Core 4200+ XP SP3).
-It crashes a lot(10 times at least) and phones bill gates.
Plus one blue screen (something about video card in endless loop) Geforce 8800 GT.
-When dragging and dropping stuff I was praying that it works because it take so long.
- And I got this compiler bug (see jpg) in the statistic pages
- In the deployment phase ghost armies show up (look at serbia here) I paniked but they were just ghost.
-In the buy unit screen you see all your troups and if they are damadged which is good. But finding then in the corps is tedious thank god that at least return is a fast way to search for stuff. The whole mouse reactions are weird delayed when healing.
-A lot of the events are not selectable could not call lenin but I guess I have to read the manual there.
Generaly I had a lot of fun eventhough It sometimes felt like the war as such a long hard slog. Some more work needs to be done for it to become a smooth game. Then we can see about the game balance as such.
This game like GI is diamond in the rough but a diamond nonetheless keep up the good work.
Great fun but I am sure It can get much better