My credit card will be sent in a week, and I am a humble Turkish exchange student about to buy this.
Being a fan of Superpower 2, and Global Power, I leaped at this game.
Anyways, I sharpened my wits a little, learned a little economy, learned some statecraft (bonds?interests?Civilisation just had... gold!) and chosen a France scenario, started with Marseille.
I begged Barcelons to Join me in Alliance, gave them 1500M$ in return and a few stupid techs, thus gaining a shield against any gang-up possibility.
Then, I used the advice of the Economy forum, plus still having 20% Corporate and small business tax for the extra income. I also made food and water almost zero price, but setting a 1500$ immigrant fee(All you can eat for 1500 along with residence!)
Max import export tax, telling the statesman to make me uber self sufficient, I became self suff. except oil(I built coal and uranium mine to every possible spot!). All other resources got stocked up and sold occasionally for a low price.
I lay a network of entrenchments and air defenses to the north, gor obvious reasons.
Then they come. I had already piled all the troops to the border,left the artillery in the back, air patrolling the border, planes loaded with missiles, and then they come like helm's deep.
After a lot of shooting sounds, they break off, and retreat. Hurray, the day is mine. On pursuit!
After me taking a considerable chunk of the Parisian country, they retreat to the northern part, stuck between me and the referee country, World Market. There, I gave them a billion dollar and asked for peace, since they refused it to do free.
The bad thing is, although I micromanaged the hell out of it, the result was bad in my terms. I managed to make them stop and fall back, but their units mostly retreated, while my units barely made it out alive(sometimes their backs were cut as well), so I had to rebuild many of them, and I just didnt keep track of who died and who didn't, so I stuck to building a superior numbered, fresh Special forces and AMX light tanks(the artillery and AA were untouched). The heavy, desperate fighting against outnumbering Orc...err Paris was worth a game recording and youtube hosting. Had I prepared a line of entrenchments (Are they autonomous or do they need a unit to fire with?!), an array of Air defense facilities shooting down the bombers,not penetrated through the westernmost opening and with 2 AXM light tank divisions, captured the Airfield near Paris, won a risky close combat against a group of infantry strangling my supply routes,passing dangerously close to a crapload of troops, then micromanaged to take out the AA units seconds before my mirages arrived, the last 15 seconds of the battle would result in a slow, torturous takeover of Marseilles, with me being unable to resist.
If I was a president, I'd reward the commander and set him up for life. Anyways:
The second part is more ominous. We both sides rebuilt, MY ally is locked in mortal combat with Madrid, and what I can see from Portugal is that it bristles with tanks and guns and ships looks restless.
I tried a few trial shots after saving. Again, after heavy casualities, I corner the rest of them in every instance, towards the Northeastern part of their last territory. However, they are now a massive group, consisting hundreds of units and I just can't crack that nut. Any airstrikes are met with a dozen of AA shots. Any assaults from my units get obliterated in seconds! Then, they expand, and force me back.
1)How can I have better fighting units? I don't care about money, I improve maintenance, I have double wages, I only conscript 20 year old men and I have the guns, tanks and whatnot, yet I suffer massive losses with every advancing step. That's frustrating (I don't send raw recruits into combat btw, I wait for them to have XP)
Isn't there a staple, economical infantry unit that can serve with many purposes and not die like flies? If a group of units has massive AA fire, how can one crack that unit-nut with something from afar without bombing? Cruise missiles?
What is the best economical way to live for france? Do entrenchments fire on their own?