That't exactly what happens in fact. I played the same map again and got new observations, it seems that AI progresses in terms of power supply, research, and units, not gradually like us, but after it passes a certain threshold, perhaps a threshold of "time", it shifts all at once to a higher level of strength on all levels. When i played the last time i went soooo fast, and i succeeded in applying the blockade and invading its base before it passes that threshold that i suspect plays a role in AI power development in the game. I met the same super cyborgs again but they were not as many or as strong as they were when i attempted to invade in earlier games later in time. This time i was able to vanquish them with twin machine gun turrets and few grenadiers which fired from afar and saved themselves from counter attack. While in the first "slower" attempt, i failed to achieve that same result even though i had many more cyborgs and cobra cannon turrets in greater numbers.Iluvalar wrote:But if you "manually" prevent it to build stupid stuff and spend his power at stupid place... It might just spend it more on research. Get those power upgrade fast as hell and then become even deadlier in research until one of is new super tank manage to escape the blocade.
Is that possible for you ?
Still, the question remains, how could AI be possibly that much strong when it's running only on 4 oil derricks (the ones which exist within it's base), while the human player who possesses all in all TWELVE oil derricks struggles just to maintain the blockade against counter attacks by cyborgs, lancers and anti-tank rockets, and later a horde of dragon heavy cannons which cannot be deterred?! Short answer is, AI cheating goes beyond what's reasonable here.