(12-04-2019, 02:51 PM)pokeytrev Wrote: Are you playing these vs the AI? I'm curious to know if the massive scenarios are even an option against the AI seeing as how that many units under AI control could get interesting.
First, I only play the full campaigns, because they are what I find most interesting. So far I have played Minsk and Moscow 42 as Russian vs the AI, and Smolensk and now Moscow 42 (Fall Kreml) head-to-head vs myself.
Playing against the AI as the Russians in campaigns like Minsk and Moscow 42 is OK for the first 50 or 60 turns (as you are battling through the fortification lines and beginning to break out) but after that the AI generally can't cope. IIRC I played Minsk until the end, although the second half of the game was just pushing counters around, and more about managing river crossings and traffic jams than good fighting. In Moscow 42, IIRC I had a decisive victory after about 80 turns, so quit playing then. These comments are not intended as a criticism of the AI, it is simply not realistic to expect more at this point.
I think I prefer solo head-to-head, for a couple of reasons:
1) The campaigns are so massive, and there are so many units, that even if you wanted to it is difficult to recall exactly what enemy units in the vicinity of particular units are doing. I also have a "house rule" that I don't react to impending threats until they are visible, or it would simply be good practice anyway (ie, don't leave completely open flanks, ever).
2) You can use the AI to help out during these games. For instance, typically I play the full German turn, but for the Soviets I will make a few key moves and then hand the turn (especially all of the firing) over to the AI. The German firing I do manually, because it needs to be more targeted as I work through the fortifications, and this can be a major chore--firing the German artillery alone can take up to an hour per turn.
3) Either way I win, what's not to like?!