Actually I have used a trackball for 3yrs for FPS games. I am competitive in all games I play so I dont really think a trackball is inferior to the genres needs. Its as accurate as a mouse, and u dont need to move it to reposition your imput surface. It is, however, a little harder to get the hang of because u must rotate the ball all the time while transversing the axis in the 4 basic directions. If u can get the hang of this (involves 2 fingers and a thumb) its as efficient as an optical mouse. U need ahigh end one however, a logitech MarbleFX or a Microsoft Intellipoint Explorer. Both are laser, 3 imput points, no moving parts in the optical operation. IM using the MS one now, has 4 buttons and a wheel, so its nice to have 2-3 exra features in the right hand. I would give a trackball 6weeks though to become adept.
As for Wolfenstien, looks like its gonna be a great game. Im playing a lot of the test, using the Venom pretty much all the time. Wind ups and cooling windows are the key to that gun. Learning where the sweet spot is too (10-25ft) is the key to holding your ground. any farther it spreads like a bitch, any closer, your manuverability is to slow not to get circle strafed. Again, I aim for center mass and not the head, because inside of 20ft the spread seems to work to your advantage at center mass. More rounds hit. I dont think people use grenades effectively enough either. Any old q2 player knows how deadly the right grenade is.....timing the pin, tragectory, suprise, and containment.
On to another q3 engine game, that I would love to hear some comments about from all u diehards.... SOF II. I myself loved SOF but was dissapointed by the Multi. All the guns were hitscan too, which makes for bad online balance. This time around the game looks to be loaded with weapons. AK 74 (a fine weapon), M4/m203, several pistols and SMG's, an assault shotgun, pump shotguns, a 6 shot grenade launcher (probably the south african 30mm), and the RPG 7 just to name a few. With proper Multi LVL design, it looks to be some fun online. If they have some team mods like WOLFIE, I could imagine a squad armed with ak74's, an rpg 7 and a pair of 6 shot GLs storming a squad with m4/m203's some smgs, a LAW, and an M249. I think with ID giving q4 to Raven, they must have been impressed with what SOF II is shaping up to. Raven puts out a lot of games, and even their so-so's (like thier star treks of late) get good reviews for quality. So we will just wait and see.
Any Opinions much appreciated...