I'm a noob at this game, but one thing I definetly noticed off the bat is how unbalanced Japan is against the US. I get this is supposed to be a historical game, and I'm all for that, but that's exactly what this is supposed to be: a game, not a full sim. Of course the Japanese have grenades that an be planted in the ground, but that's useless when attacking and because of how big the maps are. The Banzai charge is useless as well, mainly because of how close you have to be for the effects to even work (about 2 and a half meters). Being that close together is an extremely easy target for insta-killing flamethrowers and the M1 Spray Gun. Even the upgrades hardly do anything. I checked the weapons guide and even upgrades are ramped up for the US. The BAR gets a bipod after level 25 (or 50?) whilst the Type 100 just nerfed fire rate and a bad iron sights. Almost the same thing for the Arisaka. It gets practically no upgrades for ROF, accuracy, or anything at all. A level 50 type 38 still stays it same crappy way in comparison to a level 0 M1 Spray Gun.
Am I right or am I just that horrible at this game? I've played about 5 Rising Sun campaigns (2 of which too painful to finish), and the ones I got through were all defeats, and not just because the TLs and SLs have no clue what to do. I was actually surprised when we won a battle. It was only a defense battle on Peleliu (the most open and flat map I've ever seen) and we only won with about 20 reinforcements left on the last point. I'm sure there are many people that have actually had a good game as the Japanese, but so far in my 15 hours (15 hours?! Wow!!! I'm a veteran by now!!!) I've never seen a crushing victory for the Japanese.