As a single player RTS person who occasionally twists the arms of friends to play the occasional COOP game, I have been so excited for the new RTS's coming on board. I'm searching for that new RTS that can give me variety but still do it competently.
For example, I was so excited for PA and pre-ordered it. When it came out, I jumped in & played many skirmish games (not a single MP game or COOP game). I was surprised to find that while it did so many things exceedingly well, the spherical nature of the maps was just too overwhelming for me.
What I decided I like is maps where I can control the flow with a few decisions. For example, a good map typically will have 3 or 4 ways to proceed to attack and initially, I'll set up defenses protecting 3 of the 4 routes and set up an offensive push on one of the routes. As my abilities increase, and I can start getting better radar / scouting, I can see how my enemy is proceeding and begin to adapt to their strategy. Are they going air? Where are they building / amassing troops?
for example, the Supcom map Fields of Isis was always great. At the beginning, you were lucky to have radar that covered half the field. Air factories are expensive early on and T2 Radar even more so. the first 10 minutes are a guessing game, and then as you progress, you're able to get more intel - which typically coincided with the base building leveling out and you're into T2.
For PA, the number of routes is nearly infinite, and my brain just couldn't cope. I finally gave up but damn I was sad, because on a more constrained map, I think I would have enjoyed it immensely.
For Ashes, the radar is what broke it for me. It is just too hard to get and maintain intelligence.
I just bought 8-bit armies, so I'm going to give it a go.
I tried Warshift - and I think this is VERY promising. I've played a few hours and am looking forward to how the developer evolves this.