Too unbalanced in favor of Russia
Theater of War Mission Pack: Operation Barbarossa
Mission: First Kharkov
Difficulty Level: General
All TOW single-player, non-solo missions are really broken because of the quality/quantity imbalance favoring Russia, the terrible coding (or non-coding) of German CPU allies, and the blatant cheating, e.g., constant impairment of your units’ ability to see anything in front of them. That said, some of these missions remain winnable. A decent player can win First Kharkov in probably around half of his attempts, using HMGs and bunkers, and after ~8 minutes Paks, with priority right VP>right fuel point>middle VP>left VP, for a 14-18 minute win. However, it’s a necessarily rushed, “cookbook” approach that doesn’t allow you to explore the strengths of different German units, and on the whole isn’t really fun to play. You’re always aware that this is a broken mission in a broken game.
[15 May 2021]