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Hi Team, apart from the extra races why else is SMAX better than SMAC?
Thanks
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Not everyone will agree that SMAX is better than SMAC, but here are a couple improvements it brings to the game:
_more asymmetric games, thanks to factions with more impacting benefits/drawbacks
_add the ability to play a random faction from a pre-selected pool
_new victory conditions (if playing as an alien faction)
_more technologies
_more secret projects (with movies)
_more unit weapons/armors/traits, including psy weapons
_more native life units, including flying units
_native life spawn points (fungus towers)
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vv221: _more native life units, including flying units
excusez moi? :P

Locus of Wind (IIRC) was the name of the flying alien life form, or?
Yes, it was not triggered/appearing so often ;)

Otherwise: Nice summary ;)

And did they not improve on the AI as well (IIRC)?
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Goodaltgamer: Locus of Wind (IIRC) was the name of the flying alien life form, or?
Yes, it was not triggered/appearing so often ;)
I think it is only spawning during late game, when the players themselves have access to flying units.
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Goodaltgamer: And did they not improve on the AI as well (IIRC)?
Might be true, but I don’t play classic SMAC often enough to notice an improvement on AI ;)
Anyway, I’m usually not playing on the highest difficulty, so I’m probably not the most apt to judge the AI level in these games…
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vv221: I think it is only spawning during late game, when the players themselves have access to flying units.
Now that you mention it, it does ring a distant bell, for this you are right, IIRC only after you researched the tech for producing them yourselves.....(or was after the first prototype of flying unit?....) A bit unfortunate that the techs are sometimes not a bit clearer, noooo not saying so directly but a slight hint :)
But wasn't the point :P ;) (yes call it nit-picking :D)
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vv221: Might be true, but I don’t play classic SMAC often enough to notice an improvement on AI ;)
Anyway, I’m usually not playing on the highest difficulty, so I’m probably not the most apt to judge the AI level in these games…
I know what you mean, nothing worse than thinking: Hey I am doing alright and next moment being steamrolled by one of your opponents. :D
But worst I ever had was good old Civ (original). A wee bit slow start and next thing I knew, having a bomber next to my high-tech phalanx :D
And I think I will have to replay (again) now SMAX just to see how bad I suck :D