cswelleswatts wrote:DEAR EUGEN – Yes, yes I would buy yet another Wargame Sequel (for full price!)
I love the Wargame series. Seriously! I have 206 hours racked up in European Escalation, 189 hours in Airland battle and so far 43 hours in Red Dragon. Now, understand that as a gamer I get bored really easily. 200 hours for me is phenomenal. My next favorite game in my steam list is Civilization 5 and I’ve played that for 130 hours. I rarely replay games. If you look at the rest of my games list I rarely play over 60 hours.
As someone with 632 hours on ALB and 134 hours of RD time (mostly testing in the beta) and an unknown amount of EE time (my steam count is wrong, but either way it's not a huge amount due to computer issues I had around the time), RD has shaken my confidence in the franchise and in hindsight I wouldn't even have bought RD if I knew what I was going to get on release.
Although the multiplayer was ruined by a couple of poor design decisions, I could have lived with that if the singleplayer was good - I prefer single player anyway because I don't like you people, but multiplayer is the only way to get an occasional decent game, that's expected. Come release we find the singleplayer is really poor and overall the game ends up being substandard for a videogame, let alone a wargame game, the sequel to ALB. It's particularly painful because of the incredible awesomeness that I had expected from the idea that it would be "like ALB but with asia and boats".
I barely play now - I hadn't in weeks, though I'm attempting a small RP thing now. Unfortunately battles don't feel like actual wars and I have to play both sides against the AI in turn because it's so bad that it's literally unusable in stead of any kind of real opposition, thus meaning it will at best be an abstract representation just to calculate the deaths for each side and nothing more. Which is sad and probably not workable.
At least in ALB I felt like I was actually fighting a war, in RD I really just feel like I'm playing a videogame.