I know the devs have other priorities, but could we get a buff to the hardest A.I. I’m not that good, but I just beat the hardest AI playing the best civ (French) without knowing any build orders. I could never do this in AOE 2. I can’t beat it with build orders in AOE 2. I consistently beat it in AOE 4. As someone who plays single-player, the game kinda falls off once I beat the hardest A.I. There is nothing left to do.
I replayed the game and here are some obvious mistake the A.I. made:
1: Did not make a mill by a nearby dear patch. Harvested the whole herd at the beginning of the game walking all the way to the T.C. for each trip. Eventually, it made a mill by the berries.
2: Did not make a lumber camp by the main wood line till the 9 minute mark. The villagers walked all the way to the wood line and back till then.
3: At the 7 minute mark, 2 villagers where sent a good distance to build a lumber camp and instantly abandoned it.
4: At no point did it get any of the mine or lumber camp upgrades. The only mill upgrade was wheel barrel. (It was a 25 minute game).
5: Built up a mass of 7 royal knights plus a few other units but never pushed out or raided.
6: Pulled back after starting a good fight (This happens a lot in other games as well).
7: Massive focus on stone walls. It’s cool that the A.I. can stone wall, but this is the hardest setting and it’s hard committing to a meme strategy. At least use wood walls.
8: ADVANCED WITH THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE?!?!?!?!?!
9: Did not use the Chamber of Commerce to make trade carts or do any trading like selling stone for food when villager queue went dry.
9: Built a market. Even though it had Chamber of Commerce.
10: Did not use market. Just built it and resources stayed the same afterward.
11: Sent like 8 villagers to build the wall instead of 1 (massive idle time according to some random guy on Youtube: Viewer says spearmen don't counter kinghts, I check the replay - YouTube ).
12: Town center villager production idled a lot including an entire minute from 7 ish-8 ish and 3 minutes from 10:40 to 13:30.
13: Did not research iron under mesh until 15 minutes despite me spamming longbows (researched the other three techs first).
For anyone wondering, it was on Hill and Dale. I understand these mistakes from the easy A.I. and I get that an A.I. is hard to program for 8 unique civs, but Chamber of Commerce into sending a third of the vills to gather stone for some walls should be easy to fix.