This game, is an absolutely amazing game. It is set in and around Stalingrad, where the Germans and the Russians face off for victory. It is also set in and around the South-East Asian-Pacific region, where the Japanese and the Americans face off for victory. It is brutally realistic and gritty. A bullet from most weapons to the torso will kill you most of the time, same to the kneck or head. To the arms or legs most of the time it will wound you. Even if you are not killed after being wounded, no matter where on the body, you must patch yourself fast or you will bleed out, just like in reality. The weapons have realistic recoil, and clear advantages and disadvantages for all situations. The Germans favor medium to long range fighting, the Russians medium to short range. Some weapons for one side are superior to the other's equivalent. The audio in this game is stunning extremely intense, much better than other shooters. This game is also extremely reliant on team work, no one-man armies allowed. If one team is communicating and working together, and the other is not, then the team that is working together will crush the other one. If both are doing what they are supposed to be doing then you get incredibly intense matches.
The Rising Storm side of the game is pretty different from the Stalingrad part, for example Asymmetric warfare plays a huge role. The Japanese cannot face off against the Americans head on, the Americans just have too much fire power. All of the American riflemen have semi-automatic rifles, something neither the Japanese, nor the Germans or Russians get to have for their riflemen, and riflemen make up the bulk of the team. All of the other American classes have superior gear to that of the Japanese, but what the Japanese excell at is their ferocity, combined with ingenious things such as creating frag grenade booby traps, and knowing when to keep their distance so as to pick the enemy off from long range.
There are no hackers whatso ever, there are some modded maps that are optional to play on, and the vast majority of the player base are cool people, who don't mess around, are not casual, and who play to win, all of which creates an extremely intense gaming experiance.
This game is one of the best games I have ever played, and I HIGHLY recommend it to everyone.
It's way better than what Call of Duty and Battlefield have turned into.