Just got the Demo and it was amazing! The fleet battle is so much fun. To think that I'll even be able to build up my fleet just by attacking another is just cool. The Demo Fleet Battle is a 6 ship (400 gun) British fleet vs a 7 ship (500 gun) french fleet. You play as the British fleet with the goal of sinking or capturing the french fleet. While in modern terms you could do this with an unsharpened pencil, this game takes place just as the french start their 200 year losing streak in war. So, they still have some damn good ships. Where the french start off with a better overall fleet, they are divided at the start of the battle. Only four ships are within closing range. The other three will need several minutes to reach maximum firing range. The British fleet starts with a First Rate ship of the line in its lead and the whole force is in line formation.
The ground battle reminds me much of ME2-TW's late game (turn 200 and beyond) battles. Only now the basic troop is able to stop a calvary charge. The cannons are much more fun and you can use buildings as part of the battle plan. The Demo ground battle is Britain vs Colonials. As the player you are in control of the Colonials. It is a pitched battle that could go either way if you wait for to long. To the factions... Britain starts with far far better infantry but very weak cannon. Plus, the player must take the field. You cannot wait for the enemy. The Colonials however are only fair in infantry but very powerful in cannon! The player must either risk the losses of a frontal attack or quickly flank the Colonials. Becareful of ambushes as the Colonials won't just let you circle them.
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on Tue Jan 03, 2012 10:16 am, edited 1 time in total.
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