SEPRUS wrote:OneArmedMexican: I can understand it can be a pet peeve of your to say that the Drang scenario is unfinished, because it did not beneficiate from the full attention of Clovis, but this is not true. None of the previous AGE engine games had any additional AI scripts, including AACW, and the generic AI, known as Athena, was still considered as far above the average AI of others games.
Now, perhaps because Drang has some special features, like a front and heavy concentration of troops, perhaps that the AI has more troubles than in others scenarios, this can well be true. Still, saying the scenario is almost crippled or unfinished is unfair.
I don't mean to insult you, but your post isn't exactly fair either.
Here are some of the older statements concerning the AI in the Drang Campaign:
Clovis wrote:For now, 2 remains to be fully worked to get an improved AI: Drang and Revolution under siege. There's just the basic AI for playing this, this should be solved in the next patch.
Clovis wrote:The AI for this scenario should be optimized for the next patch.
At that time Clovis was speaking as part of the SEPRUS team. Is it unfair of me to remember that promise? Is it unfair to keep asking if it will be kept?
I presume you have tried the Drang Campaign, in my opinion the basic AI is overwhelmed by this scenario. Athena is incapable of more than stupid passivity. Other players seem to agree with me on that point:
TheDoctorKing wrote:I'm with you. I thought it looked totally kewl, loaded it up as the Reds, and prepared to be steam-rollered. Sort of Barbarossa avant la lettre. But the Germans just let themselves get slaughtered.
If you want to uphold the high reputation AGE games enjoy for their AI, the Drang Campaign needs more than the basic AI. Otherwise, this scenario really is "crippled".
I might have chosen strong metaphors and I could have made it more clear that there is of course a basic AI. If you want to call that unfair, be my guest.
And just to clear things up, I don't want to smear RUS reputation - it is a great game.