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This review is from: Axis And Allies Europe 1940 (Toy)
So, Europe A&A is quite a game. There is quite a new dynamic from the original; Germany feels a bit under powered with Russia acting as quite the emergent powerhouse. Italy has lots of options and is quite an interesting country to play in its own right. If you are a fan of the original A&A Russia and Germany both feel like playing Germany now Russia has a lot more offensive ability. England feels stretched very thin like it should. America feels absolutely absurd to play with its huge stack of cash. The political situation makes the game a bit harder to play than the original. However the addition of tactical bombers (think flying artillery but buffing itself rather than something else when accompanied by a fighter) makes air battles much more interesting. The land territories in Russia feel a bit unwieldy at times. Oh and the ability to purchase minor industrial complexes makes for a completely new and interesting dynamic compared to the first game with many many more units built abroad to shorten travel times.
As for ascetics, I really wish they would have thought more about the air units and made sure they were capable of being placed on the carriers with some amount of stability. Navies turn into jumbles of units that are a bit unwieldy to manage and move. The boxes for each country are welcome as it makes finding your units simple. The board is great! Although I am not a fan of folding boards this one is durable feeling and comes in two parts (I wish it would have been 6 as interlocking segments, but oh well.
When paired with pacific, Japan feels like it steals the show. It has so much more than Germany by all measures. Takes more territory has more money has more starting units. Germany still has to win the war but focus really feels shifted to Japan. The game is actually better balanced when paired. Russia has more enemies and is weaker. With the two games joined Germany really can use the help because it feels like 3 on 1.5 playing Europe alone With Japan it feels like 5 vs 3 with Japan acting like a combined Germany Italy covering the board with units. When paired I really feel like the original duo is shifted a lot toward Japan, it steals to much of the show when the games are joined if my opinion since there is no option to review the combined game as it is sold in two parts I though I would include a bit of a review here.