I think DICE might be surprised at how poorly this sells, or at least the amount of returns retail stores report. This is the sequel to one of the most widely popular games among casual gamers, and they have effectively cut off most of these gamers. Firstly, by making the game completely unplayable online with a modem, even though the original played fine with one. Secondly, by limiting the singleplayer into little more then a control and graphics tune-up for the multiplayer. I think they hugely underestimated how many people loved loading up a score of the stupid bots on the huge maps and just ass-raping them with planes and tanks and jeeps. Finally, they've made it way more exclusive then it needs to be by not taking the time to include Geforce 4 support, one of the most used cards by casual gamers, and a card that can play the likes of Half-Life 2 of Doom decently.
The biggest thing for me, though, is the limited singleplayer. I fuckin' love in El Alamein (SP) in DC, flying my chopper and dominating everything. So much damn fun. And I was thinking the 64 player maps in BF2 might even be able to top this unadulterated feeling of power. Hearing that only the 16 player map versions will be available in the singleplayer game has instantly turned this from my most anticipated buys, into only a possible buy. If a patch or a mod enables the larger maps with bots at least as incompetent as in 1942 I might pick this up. I hope.
Shit, I haven't turned into one of those jaded gamer bitches have I? No? Good.