The first mission in this campaign takes me to Cheux. This was part of Montys plan to outflank Caen which was held by the Germans at the time. I need to take the village, secure it and defend against any counter attacks from the German forces. The Glasgow Highlanders lost a quarter of there force in a single day trying to take this position. I think Theatre Of War 2 if anything make great maps. They look great and provide enough elevation to make tactical decisions a necessity. The game-play if approached with tactics and yes a bit of micro managing can be very rewarding. I clumsily try to do my best to take this objective in this video I made.
This series of games got a bunch of mixed reviews when it first came out. This also coincided with the release of the Vista operating system. I purchased all of the games in this series a few months ago for just a few quid. They have been sitting in my Steam library until just a few days ago I decided to try the Africa 1943 campaign because I am in the middle of reading the Rommel Papers (great book). I tried the fiddly tutorial that comes with the game and I have to admit I just found this annoying. So I plunged into the campaign and Oh Man! I am glad I did. This reminded me of Graviteam Tactics Operation Star. The maps are huge and the battles that take place are brilliant. The detail immense. A lot of the complaints back in the day were of game crashes. I am yet to have any crash of any sort. Vista was a load of crap. I am goring to do some videos on this series without a doubt. In particular I am going to focus on Operation Epsom the battle that took place shortly after the D-Day landings. The map looks sweet and a place where it is hard to fight. If you were put off by these games back then it really is worth giving them a go on today’s more stable operating systems. I am sure you won’t be disappointed.
After following the tutorial for Command Ops 2 that I posted a few days ago I just got my first decisive victory!! I know it’s the tutorial and my forces were far superior in equipment, supply and well, just about everything else it was still satisfying. The best thing about it all was showing me a way to plan and approach the scenario. I took my time and studied my forces in much more detail than I normally would. I thought much more about the terrain and did the same sort of study with that. All adding up to much more enjoyable experience. Another part I thoroughly enjoyed was the less micro managing. I was looking at the bigger picture. I’m now a few hours into my next mission. This will prove to be a proper challenge I know but I don’t feel like I am flaying around in the dark anymore. Knowledge of equipment and how best to deploy is crucial I feel. I am still far from an expert but it’s another part of it that I am more confident in than what I was just a few months ago.
BFM or Basic Basic Fighter Maneuvers Is a fundamental skill that any fighter pilot should master. I enjoy it and often set up dogfights with various types of aircraft. In a one versus one scenario with a neureral setup IE: Head on against AI or a human component your fist move once into the merge is crucial. This is where the fight can be lost in a split second. In the video below however I give a classic example of good fortune on my behalf. Most of the time if I did something this stupid I would get my arse handed to me. I’m off to read more “Fighter Combat” by L. Shaw.
Command Ops 2 recently got the Greenlight for the Steam platform. Which is great news, hopefully bringing lots more players to this fantastic game. This tutorial, no, this brilliant tutorial by a chap called Daz over at the Lock n Load and Matrix forums is a great way to show the new player a skilful approach to playing the game. Of course if you try to replicate what he has done you will probably have a different experience because the AI does not always do the same thing. This makes replay ability that much better. If you are new or old to this game it is worth downloading just to see how this incredible document was put together. Enjoy the game it is truly one of the greats.