Spearmen are too slow in phalanx formation and too vulnerable in the other formation. Outflanking is possible with nearly any troop type. I also find the transition from usual formation to phalanx a bit slow. From a gameplay point of view atleast i think something has to be done about spearmen. Either that or give the Macedonians and the like more unit options.(but that screws up the history; so better to improve spearmen imo).
The attatched replay demonstrates several instances of this. I play the romans and i used the comp as a dummy to demostrate this.
well its mainly beacuse there isnt any sort of a line in the Macedonians army, all of the hoplites is splitted up in small group.
And also your force is much stronger than the Macedon's, they have several levy pikemen (!!??), greek cavalry (my god!!), and i think i also saw a militia hoplitie.
And as you say, its a computer dummy.
[Edited on 01/16/05 @ 06:53 PM]
tehdaimyo File Author
Posted on 01/16/05 @ 09:08 PM
Actually the comp had mainly royal pikemen:/. They had 1 militia cavalry, one greek cavalry and two heavy cavalry(generals bodygaurd). I think thats understandable imo.
However i do agree with you that the greek army should have tried attacking in formation( so that the enemy was presented with a wall of spears). But that just goes to show that when using spearmen, the number of attacking strategies are very limited.
P.S: The comp on extra hard has bonus stats for all units so greek cavalry and phalanx/levy pikemen become a lot stonger than the greek cavalry or pikemen we know of:O.
Posted on 01/17/05 @ 09:21 AM
The strategies is not limited with spearmen, most of the elite spearmen have great stemina, witch makes them (When they are not i phalanxe formation of course) very mobil. This also gives you the power to use the spearmen a agressiv way instead of just making them stand still and waiting for the enemy.
If you has a tactical overview, spearman beats anything exept archers, onagers, slingers ...