2693Poor AI and poor computer strength allocation
- Oct 3, 2004I've been playing Empire now for a week or so with the new game and
while I really like some of the new interface features, I have to say
that overall I'm pretty disappointed. I wish I could go back to
playing the old 3.1 version. This is just not a lot of fun.
The computer player is a poor player even on expert level. I usually
beat the computer player in the old game but I had to work at it.
Now I just have to go through the motions and not do anything really
dumb and I win easily. Bad!
But worse of all are the way the strengths have changed. For
example, the defending infantry used to have the edge when it was in
a city. Now it seems random. Before, artillery had an edge over
infantry but not anymore. And before, equals in a battle favored the
defender, now not.
This makes strategy pretty haphazard. Now I win by just not doing
anything dumb because I know the computer player will do plenty of
dumb things. It's just no challange anymore. Come on, guys! Fix
Frankly, if I'd been wise enough to play the demo a while before I
bought this I wouldn't have bought it. But I saw what seemed to be
the same as the old game and I could play it on XP and I paid. Live
I was about to get rid of my old Win98 laptop but I guess I'll keep
it and just play 3.1 on it. It's too bad. I much prefer it on my
19" monitor. But that's life.
It's obvious that the programmers put a lot of work and a lot of
thought into the new game. But it seems to be just for real people.
All the goodies for a challanging game against the computer are
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