Single Player Disappointment
I was wary of the game by reviews and comments from several different forums, but bought the game anyway. I had some problems right away with training - either things didn't work like the ladder climb, or it would hang up in mid-training and no controls would work. I replayed the training cycle maybe 6 times before I could get to the campaigns. I play a lot of FPS, and after all that training I was dumping all targets on one shot - even the farthest which look like maybe 100 yds. I played at the regular game level to start.
On entering the campaign, I died 8 times before I even saw an enemy. I got frustrated and just hid behind a barrier to try and spot any shooter. You could see where the rounds came from, but even with a scope you can't spot the enemy easily. I finally found one who was firing from behind a fence, and all you could see was a pinpoint of muzzle flash. I found if you laid back a ways, the enemy would evenuatlly come out and attack. Even then, with the weapons provided, your one-shot BB gun won't put down many of them. When I was lucky enough to have a sniper rifle, I'd have to shoot a dude 5-6 times, even if they were stationary, and while using a scope. On the other hand you get hit once or maybe twice and you're dead.
I ground through the Nazi campaign, and can't even progress on the Soviet campaign. There's a machine gun which shows up on 4 out of 10 starts, and if you get there fast and equip, you get shot from behind even though the enemy is just beginning their charge from the house area. I had my squad stationed at multiple points, and even had a roomfull of squad and the set would end saying we were defeated. ?? If I'm still alive and shooting, that's hard to accept.
I spent maybe an hour on this campaign toying with my squad, grouping or working from heavy cover, attack charges, etc., and can't get passed the second set. Numerous times in either campaign I was killed as soon as I rezzed without being able to take a shot.
I might try playing the bottom stupid level to see if that helps, but all I can do is say Kudos to those playing upper levels, and I'm beginning to think my money wasn't well spent. Great graphics, but even a normal enemy has a one or two shot death wish like the biggest bosses in a dungeon on other games. Any yes, even with a tank round it takes several direct hits to drop an uncovered enemy grunt. I like a challenge but am having a problem with playability on this bad boy. It sounds like group play goes smoother, but I'm partial to single player. If you're a "recreational" shooter as opposed to a hard-core grizzled FPS vet, you probably should not consider this game.