Yesterday I bought this game and played only 10 turns. Obviously NOT the Special Units pack...
A summary of my little game is: "The AI is as dumb as ever in the Total War Series".
They promised the same as always: "The best diplomatic AI of the TW series"... but it is as bas as before.
Let me explain the situation...
I started the game as Spain, the pros:
-It is a "small" Empire
-I have colonies in America and my homeland in Europe is quite strong, so I can use 2 of the 3 game maps (not 3 out of 3 in the 1st game
-I have allies (New Spain, France, Bavaria)
-difficult to defend all my regions, they are too separated from each other (Spain, Africa, Italy, America).
-I am way less powerfull than the naval powers like Portugal, Netherlands or UK.
So, I start my game decided to make my american colonies growth as much as I could. The main goal will be to spread the word of Jesus all around the world
I didn't looked in detail when I started the game... but I was at war with the Berber nations (Africa) and most of the North American indians. Ok, no problem I said to myself...
I send my Madrid Corps to Africa to take Algeria and send the Americas Corps north to fight the indians.
Everything is going as planned, and the indians and africans cannot do anything to stop the catholic crusade.
Then, on turn 4, out of nothing, Genoa declares war against me.
Ok, no problem, I have been recruiting troops in Milan, so I think that front is secure.. and I am right, they have no superior forces than mine, so, the AI sits on its cities waiting for me to attack
I decide that to try to avoid any other declaration of war from a catholic nation, I had to invest in diplomacy, so I start to improve my relations with all of them, including France, Italy, Knights, etc.
No problem in the front, I keep crushing the berbers in Africa and stopping the indian raids in North America... quite fun actually...
Then, 2 turns later, the British colonies declare war against me... they do not share a border with me (actually, they are quite far away), they are not a strong military power and they have no navy... wait? what the hell are they doing?
Ok, no problem... Will crush the berbers, then move my army north to conquer Genoa, and then I will move back to America to finish those ugly englishmen.
I call back my American fleet and join it with the Mediterranean fleet... now I am far superior than the small Genoa's fleet... that is quickly in the bottom of the sea.
Everything is going as planned... then, 2 turns later... my "almost allied" and "very friendly" (according to the game
) Italian states declare war against me
Yes, we had military access and I was about to offer a commercial agreement... and now I am at war.
This is quite problematic, because my garrison in Napoli is not as strong as I want it to be... I have focused myself on Milan to avoid any Genoa's raid, and it has been usefull, because Genoa is NOT doing anything... it just keep waiting for me to attack them. So, I quickly order the recruitment of more troops in Napoli.
The next turn... the Italian states decide that they do not have a strong military army to be able to take Napoli by force, so they stay out there (and they are right, they have a small advantage, but not enough to avoid a bloodbath)... and keep waiting... and waiting ... and waiting...
Two turns later, the Berbers nations are almost crushed, I have conquered Algeria, destroyed many rebels berber armies, captured Tunez and I am heading towards it last stronghold.
UK colonies are doing... nothing.
Genoa is doing... nothing.
Italian states are doing... nothing
All I have to fight are indian raids in North America... they are desperate to stop my American Army that is advancing towards their Capital.
Although I have a "+3 in diplomatic actions" Minister, none of these nations accept peace, no matter what... so I will have to "force" them into submission... great... I feel like I am playing Shogun again...
I think that's enough... in just 10 turns, I have received 3 declarations of war from powers that actually WILL NOT attack me... because they can't (UK colonies) or because they do not want (Genoa and Italy)
... who will be the next? make your bet!
Then I quitted the game and went back into VGN work...
I think I will wait for the next patch to give it a second chance
... or maybe for a mod?