I just can't get past the bad graphics in AOW. What am I missing?
AOW had good graphics for its time. AOW:SM has much better graphic and IMO better that Elemental. At least for me AOW:SM looks better.
I agree with the OP points about AOW:SM vs. EWOM. In fact I would like to add the following:
AOW:SM is better than EWOM in:
AI is better
Tactical Combat is a lot more fun (more abilities/powers that are fun to use)
Movement as OP said is much better.
UI is a bit better in some areas bit EWom is getting better.
More than one Race and they are all DIFFERENT to play.
The Worlds at least on the Large and X-Large maps seem more Epic and bigger. (I don't play small or medium maps so I can't say anything about them)
Multiplayer is pretty damn good and fun. You have all the SP game in a MP environment, which I prefer. They did not take any thing away from the game just to make SP faster.
Also in MP you can have Simultaneous turns or traditional turns.
Can create Heros and Magic items which is fun.
EWOM is better than AOW:SM in:
Modding. AOW has a decent map creator and the unit creator while a bit of a pain to use is not that bad (I have added over a 1000 units to the game since 2003.)
I am a big fan of the Unit creator in the game. I loved this feature in GALCIV2 as well. They just need more options in EWOM.
I really like the cloth map feature.
The Quest generator is nice they just need to add fun quest.
And that is about it so far.
I had hopes that Ewom would replace AOW:SM as my main fantasy Turn-based game but it does not even come close to matching or surpassing that game. However I am hoping that FE does. But we will see.