I played my first global game last night. I was the axis against 2 newer players as the allies. To my A&A veteran eyes it was over after r1, but they insisted on finishing the game.
Germany did what I think to be a typical start. Sunk as much boats as possible, activated pro axis neutrals, took pro allied neutral, and attacked France. Took Normandy, but had to retreat from France. I thought this may be a blunder that would set me way back. But, it turned out to work very well.
Japan declared war on the whole world, smashing Russia, China, Philippine navy, and Australia.
Italy then took France and fought a bit in Africa. Italy getting the French IPC looks like it may be helpful, that big boost right away is interesting.
Start of Round 2: ANZAC is nothing. China is nothing. France is nothing. Russia is completely wide open in the east with a mass of Japanese racing to Moscow. Germany is poised to hit Russia. Italy has dollars coming out its ears.
USA got in the game early, but nothing could keep up with the demolition of Russia.
So, from what I saw in this first game:
1: Japan attacking the world in round 1 is pretty devastating. Taking ANZAC effectively out of the game. Beating through China. And smashing 18 infantry in Russia. I paid no attention to the thought of India or the Looming USA.
2: It might be a good idea to have Germans retreat from France leaving just a few there so Italy can take it.