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Game Name: Cadian Guardsman
Game Name: Cadian Guardsman
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Thread: Special Weapons Regiment "Hold The Line" Bug21 Dec 2015, 05:49 AM
In: COH2 Bugs
Thread: Give every faction bloody TNT21 Dec 2015, 05:02 AM
I'm going to guess this is a major L@P issue. You do know the Axis has access to rocket artillery right?
In: COH2 Balance
Thread: Guardsman Gaming Commentaries21 Dec 2015, 04:56 AM
Howdy folks I've got a game for you guys today. It's aimed at a new player who needed help so I think many of the better players may not be too interested - I'd ask you to consider watching it however and going to the original thread to give him tips if you see anything I missed. Cheers Guardsman
Thanks guys if you liked this video please take time to like and subscribe.
In: COH2 Shoutcasts
Thread: No idea how to play this game - please help21 Dec 2015, 04:42 AM
All right there's a few major issues you had in this game
You went for a full on conscripts build - this means you need to play aggressively. Getting the Molotovs was smart.
You recovered the early game and came out with a tech lead - you threw this away by delaying for a T-70 which honestly wasn't worth it. Your opponent went heavily into grenadiers this indicates a much more aggressive play style from him. An M5 Half-Track upgraded with a Quad mount would of been able to suppress his blob.
You got a mortar - I think that side teching for 2 snipers would of been better. As long as you had conscripts in front - backed up by the M5 Half-Track he wouldn't of been able to deal with it.
The KV-8 worked quite nicely but it still needed to be in range for some time to deal damage - I'd of gotten a Katyusha and waited for the IS-2.
You made some play mistakes but for that the video is a good guide
Video can explain all your mistakes play by play - if I sound frustrated it's because I wish I could of told you then. I do understand you're new so don't think my frustration is aimed at you.
Also Level 400 players can still be bad - take the level 270 player you fought in the replay - I could of beat himn with my eyes closed. Go in with a positive attitude and remember that level is a measure of time played. Not of games won.
Be persistent - if you do want to become a good player - at least in the top 500 area I'd suggest watching some videos not only on my channel, but on A_E and tightrope's channels. Up top there's a tab labelled VODS hover over that and go to the shout cast forums and enjoy them. Find a caster you enjoy and maybe watch a game or two when you're feeling frustrated. Then you'll see the counters to tactics you were having problems with - the thing with CoH is that if you're stuck with certain strategy chances are somebody has already countered it.
Thread: No idea how to play this game - please help20 Dec 2015, 16:29 PM
Alrighty let's give it a go I'll ttry n see where you went wrong!
Thread: Volk Shrek blob fix proposal18 Dec 2015, 17:47 PM
I don't think it will work as much as say removing the Shrek and replacing it with a Faust and giving the Wehrmact a AT nade instead. But sure - it's better than 6 Volksgrens charging forth through a 50 cal to destroy my M8 Scott - the supposed blob counter with ease.
(I'm pretty salty about that.)
In: COH2 Balance
Thread: Total War: Attila: Age of Charlemagne - Review/Impressions18 Dec 2015, 17:43 PM
For those of you who know me I generally do Shout casts for CoH 2 and on occasion make crictical content for games. Recently I stumbled upon a DLC for one game and to be completely honest I had to write out a rant and make a video about it. There are people here I know that play the Total War series so I feel it's necessary to post this here in the "Other Games" section. Hopefully this helps you guys who may be considering dropping 15 bucks on it.
What do I think of this DLC. I've got mixed feelings. There's only so much you can do when working with a game that feels like a standalone expansion. It falls victim to many of the same pitfalls that Attila and Rome II Emperor's Edition has. The Battle AI is still dumb, Campaign AI is still as ineffective as ever the building options are still limited and the generals feel more like 2d stereotypes rather than characters but these issues can hardly be solved with a DLC can they? ON the other hand the game is leaking with polish, beautiful assets and a beautiful world map leads to some stunning battles at least till the lines join and the inner character of the game is revealed. So the question is; Why do I bother with Total War Attila Age of Charlemagne?
Firstly I want to clarify that while I'm a long term fan of the series, having started with Shogun: Total War, I'm not a hardcore fan of the series. I play other games from a variety of genre's but I have spent many years (and almost failed some exams) spending to much time playing Total War. Hopefully you'll understand that this criticism is coming from a place of love.
So let's dive into the game. First up Age of Charlemagne is a DLC campaign which in the past has usually taken the core of the game given it a new map and wrote a half arsed but sometimes decent story to go with it. So how does Age of Charlemagne measure up? About as well as you could expect - that is to say, it follows the mould. The units are primarily improved reskins of older units, nothing to fancy nothing special. It's rather disappointing if not unexpected, for those who felt like this DLC could of been a quasi Medieval III to sate your thirst keep looking. This is Attila with a different map, which is disappointing. True the early modern period was limited in information but their is barely any theme here, we have the generic "Levy Spearmen" and "Armoured Spearmen" then finally "Royal Spearmen" the units just feel bland and devoid of national flavour with the expectation of perhaps the Vikings and Moors. The armies I built as Charlemagne were of identical composition as the armies I built as the Mercians. The Armies visually differed of course, the Creative Assembly's art team as usual has done an exquisite job in making the units look beautiful aesthetically, the new unit cards are fantastic and imitate quite nicely the Bayeux Tapestry. All this graphical finesse however feels wasted by the fact that the units are so damn generic Levy Spearmen may well be historically accurate but theme is vital in all creative works. Having Frankish Spearmen be called Frankish Spearmen actually helps quite a lot and gives the illusion of diversity – even if the stats are the same. Here is a situation and tell me what sounds better.
1. The enemies Levy Spearmen are charging our Levy Spearmen on our right flank damn those Levy Spearmen!
2. The enemies Lombard Spear Warriors are charging our Frankish Spearwall on our right flank, damn those Lombard dogs!
The games use of the generic hurts it and damages it's theme, which is a shame considering the diversity in the units themselves, the Mercian Levy Spearmen look different to the Frankish ones but when they 're the size of ants that doesn't matter as much as the unit card name. It's something the Creative Assembly should think about when creating future historical Total War games – hopefully they'll go all out on theme for the upcoming Total War: Warhammer.
So thematically the DLC fails, which is a shame considering Attila was dripping with theme - the end of the world. You may think that this means other areas were improved then? Sadly no, the CAI still targets you, badly. It plays to defeat you, not to build an empire of its own; and it shows. The AI will still not take advantage of other states weakness' preferring to watch the player like a hawk. It leads to a much more challenging campaign at the start mind you – but takes a lot out of the strategy and immersion that the game should be emphasising. It's a shame that the game relies on this artificial difficulty. Especially when Shogun 2 overcame many of these issues. During the Age of Charlemagne I never saw a small empire grow – in fact besides from maybe the occasional province I never saw any empires but my own grow – certainly not to the extent that they did in Shogun 2 anyway. The AI still prefers to raid you constantly rather than settling down – infact over the 2 campaigns I played during my time with Age of Charlemagne I only saw them take a territory of me one time, every other time they raided and pulled back weakening their army until my Palace Guard came and wiped them of the face of the Earth after 7 turns. The CAI has more issues than just that – between failing to resolve famines and building a blacksmith in every town and city it controlled the AI was damn right idiotic and couldn't pose a challenge once my Empire became stable. Sadly I think Shogun II will remain the height of Campaign AI for Total War for some time to come and even that game had it's issues.
Now the battle AI is just as idiotic, it clumps multiple units up to charge one of yours which would be fine... if it outnumbered you which it rarely does. This simply leads to one of your units taking heavy casualties while your other unit get around the flank of the mismanaged mess and hits it hard. Causing it to run. Sadly when running most units rally on their first round after about 15-30m of running – even if a n enemy unit is hot on their heels. This is ok when you have a strong battle line to buy them time to rally up but most of the time it just leads to them being charged by the perusing unit and routed from being charged in the rear. Gee thanks but I'd rather them just keep running. Now the battles aren't the terrible mess they were in Total War: Rome II but the aforementioned lack of unit diversity takes it's toll. There's only so many times you can see the generic levy spearmen attack generic levy spearmen with the AI using the same boring and ineffective strategy. The game would benefit from drop in battles massively. The games combat works but it's still lacking in a strategical depth. You can easily win battle after battle just by training the best troops and charging them headlong into the enemy. Co-op mitigates this considerably, there's no need to interact with the lacklustre BAI if you're lucky enough to have a reliable Co-Op partner. The game feels so much better when you're fighting a player – the battles go from a disorganised charge of rabble to a beautiful symphony of plays and counter plays each player desperately trying to gain the advantage. Pre-organised online battles however are a total cop out, the lack of variety means that you're better off just using the vanilla game.
So Co-Op is the DLC's greatest strength but is it fun because of the improved challenge or because you're simply playing with a friend? I'd have to say it is better because of the challenge, it feels like you are playing a different game. You can play on normal difficulty and not feel like the battles are push over. You can actually feel like you're building towards an end game goal; the destruction of the empire your friend worked so hard to build. So yes Co-op makes the game fun. But does it make the game worth $15 USD? I'd have to say no.
The DLC is fun, but it needed more. It feels too much like Attila despite the fact it should feel like the dawn of the medieval age. Thematically the game should feel like a rebirth of the West it should feel like the rise of Charlemagne but instead feels like a mod. Arguably worse, most mods have much more thematic unit variety – even those which are historically accurate. So Why do I bother with Total War: Attila: Age of Charlemagne? The answer is I'm not. I can't honestly in good faith recommend it, there's simply much better alternatives. Save your money and wait for Total War: Warhammer and just search for some mods. There's some great ones available online at Total War Center and on Steam Workshop. Thanks for reading this I hope it helped make up your mind. Good gaming.
Here's a less coherent video for those of you interested. Not my best work but still covers a few topics I may of missed. (All together I have about 20-25 hours in this DLC by now and have played 2 factions.
TL;DR: A glorified mod. It would be like if the British Forces were slightly reskined USF units with the same stats, same voices and even worse bugs. If you think Relic is lazy, Creative Assembly will show you the true meaning of sloth. Avoid at all costs. (Hell burn your money in a fire over buying this DLC)
In: Other Games
Thread: Leavers, the cancer of this game.17 Dec 2015, 13:35 PM
17 Dec 2015, 13:10 PMrobertmikael
I mean drop out internet wise. I live in Australia and I regularly disconnect from games against my will. I have no choice in this. Why should I get punished because my ISP's are lazy shites?
In: Site Feedback
Thread: Leavers, the cancer of this game.17 Dec 2015, 13:09 PM
How would the system differentiate leavers and people who drop out?
In: Site Feedback
Thread: Will there ever be balance?16 Dec 2015, 06:43 AM
Relic likes to balance using a sledgehammer. This is because Relic cannot make subtle adjustments. It is unknown why small tweaks are not possible. Some claim lack of organisation, others claim it would not be a radical enough change. The prevailing theory is that Relic as a whole is an entity that feeds on threads like this.
Seriously though they're trying... I just think they try to change things based on players hyperboles. Take the following example:
What they say:OMG OKW ARE SHIT THEY CAN'T STAND UP TO TOMMY UBERCRUMPET!!
What they mean: I think a few units of the Brits are too strong such as the AA units. The Infantry are fine but the buff to their cost is too much 30mp sounds about right.
How Relic Interprets it Oh damn people are going to think that we deliberately made the Brits OP. We better nerf them hard before this massive forum backlash gets worse. Well we won't have time to look at everything and test it for an extended periods with both casual and skilled players. So super nerf it to be sure.
The result is thread like this, this causes a feedback loop.
Brits OP Nerf em > Brits nerfed too much so buff them > Brits were never the issue it was OKW so buff them but don't rebuff the brits just in case! > Ok now we can buff the Brits. > Turns out it we overbuffed the OKW time to nerf em (were we are now) > Oh boy, looks like UKF are actually OP because of their synergy with the USF.
This will constantly happen. We just need to accept it.
In: COH2 Bugs
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