I’ve tested playing against this AI, got royally beaten up 4 times before I finally figured out it’s weaknesses, exploited them shamelessly and finally won against the computer . I managed to create a “hidden exile base” quite a bit from my main HQ (the latter were destroyed by the enemy). From that exile base I flanked the enemy’s factory area, leveling it while simultaneously flanking his main force which had gathered in an enormous immobile crowd around my old HQ’s smoking ruins. Flanking were primarily done with medium howitzers using scouts for targeting information, even if I shamelessly abused attack fighters at the end of the game to speed up the assault on the enemy. Interesting to see that all my “energy” (heavy ammo) getting used up within 30-60 seconds after getting the ammo resupply, no matter how many large ammo supplies I tried to create.
Had the enemy decided to move that heap of units around the map in a systematic matter, all my factories, all my howitzers and all those millions of major supply dumps had been utterly doomed. Made the game a bit creepy… like attacking a dinosaur from a hidden location, fearing it actually would decide to come after me and just squish me in a minute or so.
Does the AI cheat? I expect not, assuming it’s hordes of vehicles and people are a result of it having a more effective economy (or rather, my slow production rate a result of my inferior understanding of how the mod’s economy system works), but there is a reference to lowering the cheating of the AI in some changelog. Also, I’m a bit puzzled by it’s spamming of units continuing in spite of me owning most of the flags (and he, apparently, very few). Anyway, C.R.A.I.G’s flooding of units (both cheaper as well as nastier ones like the feared Tiger) is a challenge, especially when trying to fight it heads on (which fails for me). I cannot wait to see this AI beast use airplanes! That must be absolutely dreadful !
Gory details: I were US, AI were Germany, map were Levels2 (one of my favorites, just love that map!) with me at center bottom and AI at center top. Spring44 version were ‘Luettich’, Spring engine were 0.78.2.1 (the latter IIRC). That map, in spite of not being listed as supported, seemed to work ok enough for C.R.A.I.G for him to at least manage to seriously level my initial HQ.
Great fun anyway!
(Realize I should take time to read the mod’s documentation…I mean… there are implied in various threads that factories can be upgraded…? Have to check that out!)