First off: I am not saying HRE can’t win games. This is not about them being the worst civ. It’s about them being the least unique, least innovative and least complex civ. And it is really killing the game for me.
I hate it. I hate playing AoE 4 rn. The HRE is by far my favorite civ, but it feels like it has become the stepchild of the game in the last few months. It gets nothing new, receives slight nerfs here and there, while every other civ gets way more attention. It sucks.
The HRE has the least amount of unique techs. The least amount of unique units. The least amount of available tactics. They excel at nothing, they have the worst army. The only thing that is exceptionally good is Aachen eco and bombard towers. That’s it.
There are two ways of playing HRE: Aachen into Regnitz, which is not even that strong anymore considering the changes to other civs. And Aachen into Burgrave, which is probably the most annoying and stupid tactic in the whole game aside from villager and tower rushing. I hate Burgrave and everything it stands for. 400% of bullshiat, because Relic bothered to actually give this civ some solid boni. What civ could get a Burgrave landmark without becoming completely broken? There is not a single civ that can get the percentages that HRE gets from their landmarks, because it would make them completely overpowered.
And that’s the issue: The HRE has overtuned landmarks to offset all their other shortcomings of being a basic and not very unique civ. And Meinwerk is just not good enough to do anything about it.
And then this current patch hits the live servers that is aimed towards improving the uniqueness of civs by adding techs and units and the HRE gets nothing. They do not even have the best MAA anymore. Those are, among other exceptional units and techs, the Abbasid Ghulams now. I feel like I am playing an unfinished and very basic civ when playing the HRE. A civ that simply has a lot less mechanics and tactics at its disposal than the other civs.
I am a HRE player. I only rarely play the other civs. Mainly to learn them and their weaknesses. And I am sick of it. I am sick of maining a civ that just offers less than the others and has nothing exceptional for their military. Inspired Warriors sucks, good techs are hidden in inferior landmarks, there is no army comp you really wanna go for. It’s just throwing trash units at the opponent while towering and culverining up. If you build an expensive unit, the opponent in general can build a better version of it. It’s just bad.
And the forums are full of suggestions for the HRE. There are so many possibilities. Among other things I studied European history with a focus on the German medieval age and literature. And I find the HRE in this game to be a travesty of what it should be. The Landsknecht… Oh man… What a sad version of what they should be. Sure, they can demolish. But only when they connect. And they die from looking at them. It’s just… weird design. They are neither cost nor pop effective. You can get good clips with them, tho… Every civ can mass their unique units and have them as a core element of the army. Not so HRE. Nope. They are the sad exception.
If the next patch adds tons of new and fun things again, but the HRE stays the way it is, then I feel like I am out of hope and just quit the game, although I am very passionate about AoE in general. If you main HRE, the game stood still the last few months and has become stale. It’s like everybody else is getting jobs, finding wives, starting families, living in their own houses, while the HRE still is living with their Moms… It’s unbearable.