I've been pretty much breezing through the single player campaign (first time through, Persephone all the way). While I can see somewhat different tactics being employed by the various opponents, they all seem to have one mistake in common - they very rarely try to convert the souls I leave on the battlefield, even when all my troops are destroyed and I have to return to a friendly manalith to resurrect myself... I just got done beating the mission where I destroy Pyro's last follower, and with those damned magnifiers the computer could have beaten me every time if it had converted the 30 or so souls my initial attack left on the field, instead of just sitting around summoning more units to replace the few I had killed. It took me almost 15 minutes, but I finally got all my souls back (except for maybe 3 that Buta finally converted), and repeated offensives against those magnifiers finally cleared the middle of the level and made for an easy victory, but I think I would have had major problems against a smarter opponent. Anyone know if the computer opponent always shows such disregard for enemy souls?
One more thing - the computer usually rescues its own souls, it just ignores mine. It seems to me the computer would be much more challenging if it just followed the rule "If I have already expended most of my souls summoning units and I don't see any attackers and I see an enemy soul on the map, I should go convert it before I bother building more manaliths or summoning more units."
I noticed that too. As you get near the end of the campaign they will start being more agressive.
Specifily the level where you have to kill the Magnifryers Buta will waste little time before trying to grab your souls.
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I've definitely noticed this. On the pyrodraulic dynamo (tm) mission, I was just about to rush Buta's alter and descecrate him. Then, the damn volcano popped up RIGHT UNDER ME. Me, and all my creatures were instantly annilihated. So, as I run back to my manalith, 20-30 of my souls are just hanging out right next to Buta and his alter. I come back finally... and NOT ONE of them has been converted, or a single Sac Doctor summoned.
Maybe Shiny figured that the scripting in the single player games was hard enough, and the players needed an edge on soul collecting. Does the computer do this in single player skirmish games?
That volcano spell is a killer... when you see it, it is time to drop whatever you where doing and run away. Good thing the recharge time on that is really long. I don't thing meanstalks is nearly as good as volcano, unless you do it near the edge of an island and the stalks start flinging enemies into the void.