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Re: About the beta...
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My first impressions.

The slow-mo stuff is good, for the most part. Fun when in the right situation, but annoying when you're just running around and no enemies are near.

The weapons seem very similar, as someone else said. They all kill insanely fast. There's absolutely no reason to pick any other weapon besides the SMG, because it fires the fastest.

The melee, which is just jump kicks and slide kicks (jump+crouch+melee) is severely problematic. I had a guy using the slide kicks on me and he was almost impossible to hit -- he moved so fast that it was practically like warping from spot to spot, and he would kill me in only one hit. Right. Slide kicks should not be killing you at all really, let alone in one hit. Otherwise there would be a lot of dead soccer players out there. Once i realized this tactic, i tried it out myself and never looked back... slide kicks are absolute ownage. Nobody can kill you. Try it yourself.

The level design isn't as bad as some others say, but there are some fairly badly-laid choke points. It's kinda mish-mashy in that sense, and doesn't allow for much in the way of tactical assaults.

Grenades are great. I love the ability to use the various types (remote, proximity, frag) and they're all fairly effective. Remotes are just too much fun.

Graphically, it's nice, but not as good as i thought it would be. It runs alright on my system (XP3000+, 1GB DDR, 9800 Pro) at maximum settings but never breaks 30-35 fps. The giant chunks weapons put in walls add a nicely chaotic feel to it all. I thought some of the shadowing was a little over-the-top, but the dynamic lighting was good. It still had a sterile doom3-ish look to it in most situations, though.

There are other good aspects, like being able to loot and use medkits from bodies, that help keep things interesting. Leaning is nice too. At any rate, i would just like to see some more expansive/fluid level design and it would be more enjoyable. I'll play it for a few more days and see how i feel about it then.

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