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just give shoulder mounted stingers to people
Screw stingers. Give me AAA like in '42. I was in a Stinger yesterday on Gulf of Oman, SW point. I was defending against a Cobra, had lock, and fired two stingers straight at the barely moving helicopter. I watched them both arc toward it and then take a 270 degree turn AWAY from it when they were about 10' away. WTF? I wish I'd been recording it, or took a screen shot of the smoke trails. These things are useless.
Lets make the MEC/Chiense support chopper (axis blackhawk) able to do SOME damage with those pea shooters on the side!
Seriously. The BH's should have a high rate of fire, but no splash damage. The MEC/Chinese choppers should have a low rate of fire with good splash damage. To top it off the Soviet chopper is also more vulnerable -- the side doors are larger and there's the huge hole in the back that just screams "insert grenade here!".
1942 also screwed the engineers and people rarely played them.
That's different from what I saw -- all the top players were engineers. They had by far the best load out -- explosives and mines for anti-vehicle and the sniper rifle for infantry. I could drop people up close or at distance with a single head shot with that gun, and did so, repeatedly. The BF2 version is much more balanced, but I do hate the weapon. Even the unlock isn't very good (but better than the default IMO). It's only good to maybe 20-30' though, and if they see you you're toast.
Tanks main cannon should shatter any flying vehicle
Definitely. I think the APC is well balanced though -- more damage to flying vehicles maybe, but the splash on it is great for anti-infantry. And yeah, the AA vehicles should definitely move faster.
AA is very powerful against aircraft as long as you know how to use it
It's complete crap. Only very poor pilots get taken out by one. Any half decent chopper pilot will jig and dodge when being shot, using terrain and buildings for cover. Jet pilots will simply run, turn on ground lock mode, and blow you away on their next pass, long before you can do any damage to them.
And yes, I have the Air Combat medals and badges. But I've had to spend far too much time in Stingers to get them -- and garnered more team damage and kills in the process because the freaking things decide to go chase something else (see above).
The easiest way to take out a helicopter is with jeep guns, not with AA. I took out an undamaged Cobra with the DPV (small US jeep) turret gun in about 5-6 seconds last night. He got me with a rocket as well, but we kept the flag.
The easiest way to take out a jet is another jet -- if the enemy has a good jet pilot and you don't, they're probably going to win because you can't kill him (it was much the same in 1942, but the skill level required was much
higher since the AAA was actually effective).This comment was edited on Sep 12, 09:18.