honestly said, in this game I'm not the sharpest blade in the weapons racks. But for me playing this game is a pleasure.
Till now i only play against the AI which acts, in my opinion, very smart. Up to now there was never a situation where i thought the AI was cheating. The game is well balanced. In random games and you have up from the start of the first round the full control of your hole army (structure and troops). Every decision you make has a direct impact of the future turns. With decisions I mean your army build up, command structure, the production you chose and last but not least the type of troops you research in the science tab. I've no experience with the multiplayer (pbem), so i can't tell anything about it (but I expect that is would be a much greater fun than playing against the AI).
tl;dr: this game catches my attention cause of...
* smart and fair AI
* highly worth to play again (cause of the very good random game generator)
* non historical background (but if you like there are also scenarios available)
* full range of troop types (different types of infantry, over tanks and aircrafts to ships and submarines)
* with every new map the possibility to try a different strategy
So far my impressions with around 74 hours of gameplay.
p.s. if you have questions or want to discuss my recommendation of this game don't hesitate to contact me.