hmm...the "easy scenario" pack and easy campaign had been released and people still require something more easy.odd..I dont understand why you are so upset by requirment to play through standalone scenarios first
Perhaps you misunderstand me.
I bought the game, installed it from the box. Found a patch online while it was installing, and added that immediately. (I then tried using the True Update program, which failed with a "not properly installed on your system" message. Does it have a hardcoded path? I have the game installed off in G:\Games2K\MassiveAssault\)
I then started playing. There is no visible "requirement" for standalone scenarios. There is no "easy scenario pack" available from the menu. I picked up the game because of the favorable review in PC Gamer, not after finding it through an online community three months ago. If you come at it from that angle, MA has the Learning Curve from Hell.
The point I've been trying to make is that it's not about easy/medium/hard. It's about preparing the player adequately for what comes next. You need a completely different set of play testers for alpha, beta, and final release...if you use the same set, you're getting feedback from veterans, and not an accurate picture of the out-of-box experience that many users will have.
Defeating the Ice scenarios with sloppy tactics on an "easy" level isn't what I want. Gaining the requisite skills to beat it or at least understand why I'm getting thrashed is what I'm after. If playing through the full set of scenarios is the appropriate way to do so, great. But TELL ME THAT.
BTW, M.A.X. actually has a lot in common with MA. The main difference was that most units could either move OR shoot, rather than move THEN shoot. The result was a more chess-like feel, because moving unit X would allow the enemy to take out unit Y, which was covering unit Z, and the whole line crumbles. The disadvantage of this approach was that it led to static configurations that were hard to break. (The game also had too many crashing bugs, something that MA has so far been completely free of.)
One final request: hire a professional tech writer for the English translation. Many errors in spelling, grammar, and punctuation remain, and it really takes the shine off what is otherwise a well-polished game.