Has anyone made progress toward a strategy for beating this? I've been working with a few different approaches, but with little success. (30 minutes survival time at most.)
1. Base rush: At most I'm able to take about one-and-a-half bases before the AIs technological superiority renders its units practically invulnerable. This is compounded by the fact that my resources are all diverted towards unit building and little is left for my own research. And the initial machine guns and flamers are not especially effective against buildings anyway.
2. Base defense (Turtle tactics): If I focus all energies on research and the defense of my original base, I am quickly crushed by the A.I.s massive resource advantage and an innumerable armada of ground troops.
3. Resource rush: I make some good initial progress if I try to grab all the center resources and hold them. But my defensive resources are stretch so thin that eventually all the derricks are overrun, or my original base will be destroyed by an early assault.
4. Guerrilla tactics. I spent some time trying to utilize cyborgs for Guerrilla style warfare: careful maneuvering to avoid direct confrontations; attacking unguarded enemy resources; destroying construction vehicles. But this requires dividing troops into lots of small squads, and it is too difficult to keep track of them all, even on 0.3x speed. This does well for the first 8 or 10 minutes, but eventually all my forces end up cornered by tanks or surrounded by enemy bunkers, and the enemy builds up good defenses around all its resources.
I'm thinking now that the only solution is to find some new weakness in the artificial intelligence programming, but I haven't had time to look at the code yet.