I hate to admit it but I was one of those people that bought the demo. Patience is not my best virtue.
I do not think what EA is doing with the demo at Amazon.com is that bad though. Game companies typically sign an exclusive deal with some magazine for the demo. The promise that the magazine will be the first to get the demo and they will not release it until after the magazine is available. This is essentially what EA is doing but they also made it available on amazon.com for purchase. They can justify this to the magazine since it is not freely available. If EA decided to never release it for free even after the magazine released it then I would have a major issue with that.
The issue I have is actually with the demo itself. It is very short (1 mission) and did not include the existing multiplayer components so any unfortunate person that does not have broadband will still need to download the MP demo.
I like the game but even though I knew there was no blood it was pretty sad to experience it in the game itself. The lack of blood goes against every message in the movie such as war is not glamorous, and people (fathers, sons) are mutilated and killed in wars. It makes you think twice about going to war in the future and gives you a profound respect for the people that has fought in wars. The lack of blood just reinforces the Hollywood image of fun shootouts and glamorous wars.
My biggest issue with the game would have to be one thing though. SPAWNING! I have seen a dozen Germans appear from an area surrounded by three brick walls. I have also seen soldiers appear out of thin air in a fox hole. It really killed the enjoyment of the game for me. It makes you rush a position so they will stop spawning.
On the positive side the game runs really smooth even on a system that would be choppy for RTCW or Ghost Recon. The reason for this is because the textures on the buildings seem to not be quite as good as most new games.
I will still buy the game but I am a little disappointed at the lack of blood, health packs (too arcade), spawning, and low quality map textures. Am I alone on this?