Originally posted by Thriller
As has been noted by others, ruling the oceans in Conquests is a very different concept form PTW. Gone are the days when you can just build more battleships than the AI and slowly dominate by a process of attrition. Lethal aerial bombard of ships now makes your fleet so much more vulnerable than before.
Having only played one epic game to the modern age so far, I have only just started to experiment with updated naval strategies, so I'd like to hear from others on how they approach it now.
I now tend to build less battleships, but more cruisers (for the AA) and destroyers (stealth detection). The other complete change of concept is that I now build carriers (which I never did in PTW)....my battle fleets now cruise around the oceans, stealth bombing every enemy ship that can be found and if necessary, finishing them off with a few naval shells.
But how do you protect your fleets against the same tactics from the AI? I've noticed that the AA capability of the cruiser does not come into play too often. I've never tried stationing stealth fighters on carriers to perform air superiority - can you do this, and is it effective?
Needless to say, modern age intercontinental invasion has now taken on much more depth and unfortunately now requires us poor humans to start thinking harder rather than just pushing the remote control button of "send over the transports with a bunch of battleships and it's all over".
What do you all think?