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Nav 14-01-2004 14:13:38

Combat Mission: Afrika Korps review by Beta1

Thanks Beta1

(and thanks to CDV for supplying it for review)

maroule 14-01-2004 15:17:06


Funkodrom 14-01-2004 15:23:13

Nice review!

maroule 14-01-2004 15:23:57

I noticed the hommage

"although it still won't make coffee or clean your flat, it still will probably make your girlfriend/boyfriend/husband/wife (delete as appropriate) think you've left them."

me in the CM review
After such an appallingly positive review, Iíll balance it out with some weaker points : the game wonít do coffee, will dampen your conjugal relations and teach you facts and figures you wonít be able to share at your next dinner party (or so I hope for you).

Beta1 14-01-2004 17:45:43

Thought you would like that.

MDA 14-01-2004 18:45:47

I got a PDF manual and a little getting started/quick reference booklet in my box... no full printed manual.

Haven't played too much (stupid thesis!), but infantry handles a lot differently than CMBO.

Beta1 14-01-2004 22:40:35

you wait till your artillery starts landing behind you. No more highly accurate and totally lethal CMBO artillery.

But crusaders look great roaring throught the desert with dust billowing out behind them

Until they meet a p3 of course.

Venom 15-01-2004 01:41:25

Good work Beta.

Beta1 15-01-2004 09:44:07

Well I realised I hadnt done a review in over a year!

I used to do more - I should get back into it.

Funkodrom 15-01-2004 10:22:18

Yes! You should.

Beta1 15-01-2004 11:31:00

Well I've nearly finished Tron2.0 and I should do something about Engima:Rising Tide.

Venom 15-01-2004 13:37:57

One of these days I'm going to do another review. I just don't know what game.

Beta1 15-01-2004 13:48:07

Well Rome Total war is out next year and I'm sure you'll love that.

Venom 15-01-2004 14:08:27

Ah yes...I will pour even more hate into that game.

Beta1 15-01-2004 14:26:02

Careful we may end up with a second maroule

Venom 15-01-2004 14:27:42

I will bring this forum to it's destruction by acheiving critical mass of Frenchman.

King_Ghidra 15-01-2004 14:44:22

I think 1 is a critical mass of frenchmen

Venom 15-01-2004 15:03:01

So I've done it already! That's the first time in my life I've ever succeded. At anything.

maroule 15-01-2004 15:07:23

we frenchmen are very teritorial anyway
now I pied all over this forum, it's mine, not to be shared with any other french scum

Scabrous Birdseed 15-01-2004 15:31:32

But are you critical?

MDA 15-01-2004 16:06:40

Pied? :lol:

Aredhran 15-01-2004 16:41:35


Funkodrom 15-01-2004 16:42:32

So... if we get another frenchman can we maybe drive Maroule out?

Scabrous Birdseed 15-01-2004 22:29:18

I'm hinking of reviewing WarioWare, Inc.

MDA 23-01-2004 21:52:42

Moon from Battlefront (assuming its not an AE) has registered.

I see you!!!

MDA 23-01-2004 22:14:46

Bah, now he's gone.

Venom 24-01-2004 04:08:04


MDA 24-01-2004 18:42:53

He didn't stay long enough to read your Total War review! :cry:

Chris 24-01-2004 20:15:30

CDV has the review linked from its homepage.

Venom 24-01-2004 20:34:22

To my Total War review? How stupid of them.

MDA 25-01-2004 00:36:28

You are indeed a moron.

maroule 25-01-2004 09:11:09

hey, I didn't say anything

Beta1 25-01-2004 11:53:41

LOL the bit they've quoted was the bit I quoted from maroules review of CM2!

Venom 25-01-2004 13:20:56

From my review of CM2? How stupid of them!

Beta1 25-01-2004 17:33:43

dam cookies

BigGameHunter 27-01-2004 16:21:55

Great review...I was going to DL the demo but it said it would take 8 hours on my "connection".
I'll just wait and buy the fucker.

MDA 27-01-2004 18:51:08

Worth it. I played a game this weekend against the AI. It's gotten smarter. The Italians actually managed to hold off my NZ Valentine's and Stuart's for about 15 turns. If they had real guns on those tanks I would have had problems.

I had another game where I was Italy on the attack against infantry and a platoon of Matildas - Italy lost 12 tanks in very short order. The AI put one Matilda on the crest of a hill, and when I rushed three italian tanks by for rear shots (the only way they could score a kill), they got blown to bits by a second Matilda covering the first from 300 meters behind the hill.

I lost that one badly as the Matildas then proceeded to work on my infantry.

Beta1 28-01-2004 13:54:50

yeah the AI has improved a little. Although I havn't lost to it yet I have been suprised a few times. I think its managed to learn how to attack off-axis so it doesnt just come at you in a rush down one line.

Now it tends to spread itself out a bit and attack down 2 or 3 paths.

Playing as the Italians is hard work. Their light tanks can compete with the early cruiser tanks at almost level (they seem to be slightly inferior agasint armor but better against infantry due to the lack of a HE 2pdr shell). The Matildas cruxify them though. The carro armato/Matilda line up is about as one sided as the sherman M4/Tiger. The italians have almost nothing that can even come close to penetrating a matilda apart from those 75mm portees which are liable to abandon at the first sign of the enemy.

Theres one scenario where a allied armoured group intercept a very large italian column retreating from a previous battle. In that one my matildas took out about 40 vehicles between them and the cruisers another 20. Lost about 4 cruisers and a gun damaged matilda to 60+ assorted italian vehicles.

Matilda - the supertank for people who dont like supertanks.

Of course once the P3/P4 turns up the matilda is fucked. Its far to slow to manuever and its gun is far too weak. The armor is still useful but the 50mm P3 and 75mm P4 will kill you eventually.

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