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I thought the folks behind Mount & Blade came up with a really great idea which they didn't quite flesh out to it's full potential and I wish someone would take that idea and expand on it.
If you haven't played M&B I'll summarize briefly. Moving around in the world you have a top down (more or less) view of the world map. You play a specific character who moves around on that map but you also recruit soldiers into your army and they travel with you. When you fight with another army you load into a battle map and it's sort of a cross between a RTS battle and a action RPG battle.
So you start a battle. You have your troops and the enemy has his troops and they behave in a way not unlike RTS troops. The big difference is that you are on the ground with your troops playing your character right in the thick of it all. And this is what I thought was such a great idea but needs to be fleshed out more.
In M&B you can give your troops commands in battle but it is very limited and you don't have very good control. For example you can't just select a few guys and tell them to "come with me" or "go attack that enemy unit". You have a very limited selection of commands which automatically apply to all of your troops or to all troops of a given type (all archery, all cavalry, or all infantry).
Also I thought the AI in battles needed a little more work. For a standard RTS game it probably would be fine but for this new type of thing where you are on the ground with your troops I think it needs to be rethought a bit more. It's still a lot fun but it could stand some improvement.
Anyway, I was wondering if there are any other games which have done anything like this. Not just a few henchmen fighting with you or a small squad but a whole army. And if there aren't then there should be. Somebody should shamelessly steal this idea and flesh it out to it's full potential.