I’m a pretty casual player but have been able to make it to level 14 with a number of civilizations (English, French, HRE) recently. I made the joke seeing that the Hardest AI level was going to improve in the next update that I should hurry up and get to level 15 before the update.
Well I wasn’t sure when the update landed and tried for level 15 (1v1 vs Hardest AI) and I got absolutely clobbered in the first 6 minutes. It wasn’t even fun. I resigned for the first time ever and looked at their setup. They had three armies: 1 attacking me (recently reinforced), another reinforcement on the way and an army at home. How am I ever supposed to beat that?
I saw in another thread that the AI now cheats, which I completely disagree with. If this level is to stay, I agree is should move to Insane.
What I wanted to add to the conversation is that the Mastery aspect of AOE:IV should either be adjusted if the new AI is not moved to Insane, or the highest level needs to be a different challenge.
No one is going to be able to complete Level 15 Mastery anymore because of this change.