Hey, everybody. I posted this in the wrong section of the forums (General), so I'll try posting it in the section I meant to this time, and hopefully get some feedback.
From the original post:
Hey there, hope everyone's doing all right. I was wondering if anyone else would like to see an option on the menu to disable AI surrender in a Sins Rebellion game. I've posted about this once or twice, but I'm saying it here so it doesn't clog up other threads and get buried: it would be nice to have the option to fight the comp to the bitter end when you wanted to. I know, I know, "you can just hit 'Keep Playing'", but that's not what I'm talking about. It seems like when the AI surrenders, it stops doing anything meaningful and just sits there like a stump. I'm a long-time Sins player, been around since vanilla Sins, and I actually enjoyed fighting an AI that would not quit and fight you to the bitter end. It lent a feeling that the enemy really was a fanatical, determined opponent like in the fluff and it gave a sense of satisfaction when the last ship went down and the last planet fell (as long as it wasn't yours). By contrast, most if not all of my Rebellion games end with an AI surrender, sometimes after one or two battles, sometimes after none. My last Rebellion game (1v1, large map, random AI) ended when the AI threw in the towel before even making contact. I didn't see one darned scout running around. I was expanding fairly quickly and had two or three cap ships (titan was under construction, love those things). I checked the results screen, it had five worlds to my fourteen and a smaller fleet, so I guess it just figured it couldn't win and gave up without a fight. Talk about frustrating!
I hate sounding like a single-issue guy, but it's the only problem I have with Rebellion. I'm not asking to remove AI surrender, that would be almost as bad (since it's useful if you just want a quick game), but something along the lines of an option on the victory conditions screen at the start of a game to disable AI surrender would be appreciated. Just a small button in the corner of the conditions screen, you know, for those times you want a long campaign?
Aside from vowing from now on to check where the settings are putting my posts (a common sense sort of thing, but it seems my common sense abandoned me for a moment there) I hope to hear some other people's thoughts on the matter of AI surrender. What does everyone else think?