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just few words about P2. I played beta for past few days and I want to share some stuff I come up with.
BTW: sorry for my English.
1. Graphic and stuff related
Graphic is medicore. But game still look amazing and I think that they are doing great job with it. Lighting is what make this game great. I can see bad textures, poor models and stuff like that but lighting make a huge difference and I really like this game. Bad side is optimalization on the other hand.
And funny part, I think that performance problems are not related to amount of players nerby. Why ? Because sometimes in heat of battle when we have 10-15 tanks with lot of infantry charging I have 30-40 FPS. With smaller fights 50-60 is nothing unseen but sometimes even when I'm in small location with only few enemies running around somewhere I have around 20-25 FPS I have no idea why.
I really love what they did with the tanks. I had bad fealings about giving driver control over main gun but now I think it was good decision. Why ? It was pain in the a** operating tank by driving while main gun was shooting whatever the hell he want. Unless both of you had microphones - it was hard to do. Anyway - tanks are fun and they can make a difference but still they are useless if they have no support from infantry.
Two single soldiers with rocket launchers can put down a tank without problems. But with infantry support tanks are great killing machines.
Planes in this game on the other hand are useless. Bases have many anti-air guns, most vehicles have guns to shut down planes and in the end - except quick and usually suicide drops on enemy base (fly in, drop people and get the hell away from the plane) there is no point flying that things.
Forget trying to mess with enemy using few attack planes. You will be shot down quite fast. Sometimes even before you get close.
Planes are only vehicles in this game that I'm not afraid of. I hide when tank is nerby, I'm trying to flank him and make as much damage possible. I'm careful when there is enemy infantry nerby but even if I see few enemy planes above me I'm not threatened. Maybe it's because there is lack of skilled pilots ? I don't know. It was same with for example Battlefield 3. Only few people could really make a mess using planse.
And I think I have solution for that. They should allow planes to reach safe altitude. Place where they can fly safe unless other planes engage. You want to attack or drop someone ? Lower your altitude (only way players can get out) and pepare to be fired at.
Having so many different classes,vehicles, weapons and stuff I didn't think that balance is important but right now I changed my mind. First of all, reds (terran republic) are dominating in this game. They said that they have worst firepower but best mobility. And their guns are weakest of all while they are fastest. I think they are most powerfull in this game and it shows (most of the time they are dominating the map - at least when I'm playing in the evening). As I said - I'm playing as Terran republic because their traits are my most favorite. So it's not like I'm whining because of enemy faction.
- hig fire rate (even with low damage) makes their gun most dangerous in close combat. And close combat is what you usually do in base assault. We used tanks as cover to get close and then we engage in close combat. Why ? Because we hit more often and it's easy to score headshots. And having tanks as cover we don't need to engage in long range combat. I can kill people even if they start firing first and from behind. I have time to turn around and kill them. This not happens in Counter-Strik or Battlefield while it's common in P2. We literally dominate.
I did try yellow guys (rebels) because I wanted to check that "high damage" style but it was pointless. While trying a sniper I could kill faster one person but I had to reload every shot. As red sniper I could attack more than one people and still win against them. As heavy assault I had power but i had to shoot slower because of low accuracy. It was great on long range (i could even take down someone in base from sniper range using heavy machinegun) but most of the time you don't fight longe range in this game. Bases are quite narrow.
Maybe it's because of my style of play but in every game I always pick guns that have high rate of fire with as good accuracy as I can get. And I always trying to stay close to enemy. Because of the I always have KD (kill/deaths) rate higher than 1 (i kill more than I die). In BF I was over 2.0 and in P2 even at the begining 1.3, 1.5 was common. Only at first day I had it below 1.0.
Anyway - Fighting on the map is all abour vehicles. Fighting in bases are all about close combat. This is why terran republic dominating the battlefield. Even tanks do better while having less armor. Because with distance and mobility we can easly avoid incoming fire.
Again - maybe it's just me but balance between TR and other factions should be adjusted. Even colors are in our favor. It's easier to "hide" at night when you have dark red and black armor. When I played light assault first I bought silencer. I flyed to enemy base (behind lines) and I killed more than 10 people before someone got me. And he got me because I accidently hit "map" button on my mouse.
This is something you all probably know. Stay away from this game if you have something important to do. It's fun and it's addictive. While wanting 1- hour break around 23:00 (11:00 pm) I easly stayed to 1:00-2:00 in the morning. So first do what you have to do in real life and THEN start playing because after you start it's dam hard to stop.
It's bad that I didn't had fraps at that time. Around 30 people on the roof of a building and on nerby hill. Defending because around 15 tanks and other vehicles attack us. And in the heat of battle I see huge shadow on the ground. I look up and I see 20-30 planes close to each other flying in formation (friends ? guild ? I don't know but they were organized) and shooting everything bellow them (us). And in just few seconds tons of rockets fly to the sky shooting down some of them. It was night, lighting was great and whole scene looked godly.
It was most epic thing I ever say in any online game.