I believe the bots will be real , working bots this time, it was not a focus in the mod version
Unless there is an extremely dramatic improvement in terms of quality AND gameplay between the retail version and the free mod, well, whats the point??
It is very much improved. Its also a point to attract players who normally would not have tried it, like people looking for a realistic WW2 game, for some dumb reason didnt buy a scifi-spaceshooter named "unreal" to satisfy their need.
The player numbers were/are low , yes, but its still possible to find full games 24/7 , which atleast is better than most UT2004-mods.. and the fan-base is a very loyal one, an its also a good and mature community, compared to, well most others..
Right now there are a bunch of dissapointed DOD:S players who are in for a treat, there will be a demo of RO:O, and unless your bandwith is really bad, theres no reason not to check it out IMO. I know its said about just about every ww2 shooter, and every time its like .. maybe not.., but RO is different
from other games, and the people who make it, really listens
to the community, They have a "ideas and suggestions" forum, and seriously, if you have a good idea, these people will implement it, its happened many, many times with the mod..
The new retail version also features resting of all weapon on ledges (like deploying the MG in DOD, except its much easier and more intuitive) to steady your aim, and also the player will properly rise over those "little too high" obstacles
their whole philosophy is "If its easy to do in real life, it should be easy in the game"
They are not going for the "sacrifice realism for better gameplay" on every point, because often , if realism is done right
, you simply wont have to.
Personally I belive the realism aspect of CS was one of the major factors in its success, because suddenly you didnt have lasers or rocketlaunchers, but it felt much more real, and you shot "real" weapons like the ak and m16, and needed to consider recoil and so on..
Well anyways, all I can say is , give the demo a shot when it comes out.. nothing to loose..
Coming to Steam: Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45http://www.redorchestragame.com