The best way to describe this game is: sink or swim. Oh, and your arms and legs are broken, making it very hard to swim. I got this game on sale months ago and quickly became frustrated with it. Well, I let it go for a while and decided to come back and try it again. It's not any better.
Most games start you off with relatively simple "get your feet wet" missions. Not this game. It pretty much just chucks you in the deep end. First mission is in Germany, you're in West German tanks fighting East Germans. You have four tanks to start with. That's it. After you destroy a few enemy units, you get an almost useless recon unit. He can supposedly see farther than your tanks, yet he can't find enemy units for you. That's what you have. What does the computer have? Way more units and the ability to cheat.
The AI in this game has the magical "God Mode" cheat activated, it seems. You face superior odds and most of the enemies you fight are in perfect cover. Their cover is so good that you can't see them until you're on top of them. However, they can see you, even if you're in cover, and shoot you. Their range is better and they have better accuracy than your units. Also, any enemy unit can take your tanks out, even infantry on foot. Now, I was in the infantry in the twenty-first century, and we didn't have much that could dent a tank. Javelin missiles were about it, and they couldn't be fired on the run. Back in the 1970s, they had the predecessor to the Javelin, the Dragon missiles. Again, those couldn't be fired on the run. However, the enemy infantry in this game has some kind of tank killer missiles that can be fired on the run. I call shenanigans on that one.
Most of the 3 or so hours I have on record were spent trying to beat the first mission. Sad as that seems, it's true. I finally got it, but I think that's mainly because I remembered where the enemy units were and managed to bring my units around and kill them.
Bottom line, this game isn't fun. The whole point of video games is to have fun. I don't know how it got such glowing reviews, but maybe some people love impossible odds and a cheating AI. I don't. So, I can't recommend it. The best two things I can say about this game is that the graphics are nice and I got it on sale, so I'm not out as much money.