So when I initially wrote this review, I did so when the game was nothing but a few days old. Now that time has progressed, and I felt that this game has come a long way, I would like to update this to give possible buyers a better perspective of what they are getting themselves into.
One of my favorite things so far is the uniqueness you find among the buildable armies. Typically in strategy games such as this, you are often handed a few sprities for a variety of nations. This somewhat lessens the visual appeal of the game because how fun would it be when "everyone" looks like a german soldier. In TWG, the visuals are better such as when you play Japan, your troops look unique compared to what they would look like in Korea. They approach this in a cool way and while minor I think it goes a long way.
Next is the micromanaging and complexity. In previous MH games, players were able to research and produce one item per city which could be a soldier, tank, goods, and so forth. But in TGW, players can actually assign individual factories to produce goods, weapons, or tanks while also training your next batch of troops. Research is going on in the background while you focus building a nation or war machine. This expands the possiblities when it comes to determining how your nation will go but can be consuming to the average joe who just wants to build stuff and fight. Players also must also keep in mind the resources in which you must have to keep your factories turning out new stuff and goes into a new system of trading.
Overall, this game is headed in the right direction, and from a gamer whos been gaming for ages, and a long time MH fan, I feel this game can be the next great stepping stone for this company. The AI is getting better, and has at times made me bang my head because it actually out smarted me on several occasions. If you are into strategy and nation building games, TGW is for you.
In my opinion, it brings a new breath of fresh air to a genre i've long loved and has provided something new. Hopefully they continue on the path to success!