well, I dont know how but he is outproducing me so bad.
x6 resource cheat, x6 research speed, ability to research while labs are under construction, ability to build units while enabling technology is under research...yeah, "early" wins against vicious are rare.
I have no idea how that is possible, I tried to play early economy or early fleet and expansions but I cant even closely reach his amount of ships AND upgrades.
Trick to beating unfairs or above is to find a good location and plot down a starbase. You have to start getting him to accrue casualties and diverting his money towards replacing units rather than building up. This usually means you have to be aggressive and get that starbase in nice and close, but also in a location that will protect your economic assets.
If you get really lucky, the vicious can occasionally gimp itself. It will build lots of labs to access high level techs but leave itself with only 1 or 2 factories. Since it fills all its logistics space very quickly, if you can box it in it often will be unable to build units fast enough to use its cash. I've seen a vicious AI with over 600 units queued up at a single factory, simply unable to use its cash.
I read somewhere that AI doesnt cheat, no resource bonus, so just wondering hows that possible.
Where'd you read that? The normal AI doesn't cheat, everything hard and above does.