I'm looking for a good WW2 "grand strategy" game to play on my PC. My one requirement is that it has online play of some sort -- I want to be able to play it with my cousin. I've never tried this stuff out, but I'm guessing Play-by-email is what we'd do, as we're in seperate time zones.
Now, I though it'd be easy to pick, but I've found a flood of choices. Gary Grigsby's War in the East, Commander - Europe at War Gold, and Hearts of Iron II & III all look good. I am slightly iffy on War in the East due to its scale, but if its highly suggested I'll go for it.
Since I'm unsure, I'm going to give you some background on what type of games I've played. Recently, I've played TONS of Axis and Allies with my cousin. We started with Axis and Allies Europe, then Anniversary Edition and now the 1940 Europe and Japan editions. With each step up, we'd always wished for a bigger, more detailed map with more complex rules. We thought it'd be cool to display German armor superiority or have uboats the enemy couldn't see. While we love playing Axis and Allies, the fact that its a board game ruins some of the fun. My cousin knows where all my uboats are, its hard to produce natural maps all the time (Kursk salient can be hard to make), and we know the exact compositions of enemy troops. Most of our issues would be solved if we jumped into a computer game version of this.
So, which games do you suggest? Gary Grigsby's game was the first to catch my interest, but I'm a bit worried about the learning curve. There is a huge jump from Axis and Allies (even 1940) to THAT complex of a game. In addition, not having the other fronts was disapointing. We dont care much about the Pacific War, but it'd be nice to have all of Europe...
I'm open to any and all questions and suggestions. Price is not a major issue, nor is PC performance. (we're both running modern, high-end PCs)