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Improved AI?

Discussion in 'Civ4 - General Discussions' started by futurehermit, Jul 27, 2006.

  1. futurehermit

    futurehermit Deity

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    Does anyone else feel like the AI is significantly better in Warlords? I don't mean in terms of decision-making, but rather in terms of being more difficult to attack, etc.

    In my first game, I was trying out Catherine and had what I thought was a great start: An enemy civ right next door, and copper in my 2nd city. So, I went for an axerush on the enemy capital. In vanilla civ, I would've brought the capital down. I had ~10 CR axemen and in vanilla at that same point the AI capital would have ~4 archers. Imagine my surprise when the capital had ~10 archers! I had to pull back...

    I've also had a much harder time reinforcing my army. The AI seems capable now of picking off your troops in the field, whereas before they would mainly stick to their cities.
     
  2. franlato

    franlato Warlord

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    in my game the AI is opening multiple front and forcing me to have "real" reserve to take care of the incoming forces... even if i'm in siege in is second bigest city (wich is well defended as you mentioned) But the great Nebucannezar is taking care of the reserve as the other general Romel is at the front with is trebuchets :)
     
  3. vilemerchant

    vilemerchant Prince

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    Yep. I'm getting my ass whooped on monarch so far lol :(
     
  4. ulsterman88

    ulsterman88 4-2 Rangers rule supreme!

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    At least the AI is providing a challenge now!
     
  5. futurehermit

    futurehermit Deity

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    ^^ yeah, it's great :) i've moved down from emperor to monarch and it still is a decent challenge! even the barbs seem more aggressive or something...
     
  6. alexman

    alexman King

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    Yes, there have been some combat AI tweaks in Warlords that also affect barbarians.
     
  7. alpha wolf 64

    alpha wolf 64 Byte me

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    raging barbs are insane now. I've had as many as 12 barbs show up at a city. They've been bypassing my sentries and going after my cities.
     
  8. franlato

    franlato Warlord

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    :eek:

    that is making the great wall usefull in emperors games:(
     
  9. upstart

    upstart Warlord

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    Wow, that is good to hear. I haven't played it enough to find improvements but yeah, combat is certainly where the AI in the game needed some tweaking. Hopefully this trend continues in future patches and expansions!
     
  10. yavoon

    yavoon King

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    I dont see how that makes the "AI" better. unless its other cities are more lightly defended and its moving things around. I mean fortifying massive amounts of troops in a city isnt exactly brain surgery.
     
  11. Keith_C

    Keith_C Warlord

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    I had 10 show up at *once* in a vanilla Noble game, and that city must have seen 20+ barbs total so far (it's a MP PBEM game, so going slowly)
     
  12. GenocideBringer

    GenocideBringer King

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    wtf...

    If this is true, I'm pissed. AI improvements should be added in a patch for vanilla Civ IV.
     
  13. upstart

    upstart Warlord

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    Should being the key word. You should know very well by now firaxis has stopped listening to us pestering 'consumers.'
     
  14. lost_civantares

    lost_civantares [Insert Title]

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    Which is exactly why they're posting here? (like post #6 in this thread)? ;)
     
  15. Dearmad

    Dearmad Dead weight

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    They improved the AI in accordance with the new units and such (rules) in the game. vanilla civvers... begone! Bwahahahaha!........

    :D
     
  16. TopDog

    TopDog Prince

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    thats good to hear, I hsvnt got the expansion but apparently AIs build nukes now, can anyone confirm this?
     
  17. Chaos_BF1942

    Chaos_BF1942 Prince

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    I went to war with England, and they had a city fairly deep in my land. They had afew Redcoats inside, but they moved out and started to run toward their main cities and left afew longbow men inside.
     
  18. Mrdie

    Mrdie Founder of eRegime

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    Aye. It is fixed with Warlords. Apparently it was a bug that they never really used nukes much at all.
     
  19. winddbourne

    winddbourne Prince

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    Yeah I'm liking the new AI, even if it is also causing me problems. In vanilla civ I pretty much never got attacked by anything but barbarians. So when I read that the great wall protected every city on it's continent I figured I was home free . . . then stalin and napoleon both declared war on me out of the blue. It was amazing.

    I haven't gone down a level of gameplay yet, I'm still plugging away at noble, but . . . two of my room-mates did take the plunge, one back down to warlord, the other all the way back to chieftain.
     
  20. Mr. Civtastic

    Mr. Civtastic Prince

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    I definately think its different. Ive been getting my *ss handed to me on Monarch. Ai seems to love declaring war on me while at war with other people much more often, destroying my improvents with sharp efficency, winning more fights when I had very high 0dd (I know its just me but I seem to lose more fights when Im favored above 90% then I EVER have).

    Its good to be challenged. Makes the game dramatically better to me.
     

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