I have high hopes for E:FE, & have huge respect for Frog & company, but I will never understand why someone would purposefully choose to have anything less than an Aow:sm 'clone' of tacticle battles with tha Frogs Ai if your going to have tac battles in this kind of game. In any way was MoM's tac battles better?<--can anyone think of anything? (I honestly can't remember a single way that didn't have to do with racial abilities). When I say 'better' I mean the features it allowed, one could pull in additional hexs into the battle (help defend an allies city, or use 3 armies to attack 1 or 2), it had walls/doors/archers on those walls/wall breaking units, wall climbing units, units able to fly over tha walls, walls-rocks-units all allowing for some protection from missles, additional wall spells, certain number of counter attacks depending on unit, etc. It is these things that I miss the most.
The 'I have to attack these guys before they attack me' setup in tac battles drives me nuts, picking a starting formation would help alot, but there's so many of what I think to be 'must have basics' missing right now & the possible talk about keeping it that way, scares me to no end. No matter how good the strat part of the game is, if the tac battle are sub-par then I too doubt it'll keep my interest in the long term.
My absolute favorite thing to do in Aow:sm was send a couple of 'jedi's' over to my allies capitol city sos I could participate in any battle there. As it stands in E:FE it is impossible to assist your allies in battle. Think of Lord of tha Rings if the different factions were not able to join together & have those major battles with Mordor & Isengard.
I sorta regret not voting for Tac battles but faction differentiation needed so much work too. I believe good tac battles can be done without this but why would anyone want a SINGLE player game not to have indepth tac battles, if you don't want to fight tac battles all day, then only do the important ones & auto tha rest.
edit: people say that Aow:sm only had the great tac battles, that this made the game. Ok, if a game with E:FE's overal similiar style can make it only on the tac battles then, why not duplicate this, this way you gain ALL people who liked Aow:sm, plus those that like the other aspects of E:FE. MoM had races & spells, Aow:sm had tac battles & spells - E:FE is refusing to have either to the same degree.