First off, I wanna say there's a lot to like about this game. Despite it somewhat 'ol battlefied 1942 mechanics which imply that you'll need to shoot someone in the chest three times from m1 garand, and just two times from 'ol springfield bolt action (same goes for other nations too) despite the fact they do shoot on the same rounds. So as much the ballistics of the semi-automatic rifle and bolt-action can be different, the hit impact on the enemy should be basically the same. But that's not Red Orchestra, if you play this game you play it exactly because it's a little kind of the old battlefield with some refreshing global map conflict you can participate on with your buddies. The concept is great, the ridiciolous firing mechanics can be overlooked thanks to it. The buggy physics do fit in nicely into the package you did already accept. It's not a Red Orchestra after all...
For sure the game have this "something" And I did really enjoyed my time with it, at least the part of it.
Sadly for me it's a love & hate relationship here. There's many things to like. The quite big maps with multiple capture points adding up to the strategy. The huge array of unlockable weapons and options to customize them with different parts and ammo. Varioush achievments that do grant you some useful badges and unlock these weapons and vehicles you might want to use. Camouflages and skins for your uniform and weapons to make you more unique and blend in into the surrounding. The changable weather on maps as well as the time (haven't encountered the nighttime yet so I cannot say am i exactly correct here). Thats to name a few. With correct teams, maybe with your buddies on ts, you might have lots of fun.
Sadly, the game is far from being a finished product. And this shows, but if only was that a problem... There are huge matchmaking issues. I strongly believe that while playing staged matches (so disconnected from the H&G's war map) the player should be able to have a balanced gameplay. Sadly, you won't experience that after crossing the 3rd level with any of your soldiers. From now on, despite being the vanilla soldier with basic rifle and smg in hands, you'll be chewed on by tigers, shot down by snipers from gods know where. All you might hope will be to jump into one of those high-rank tanks and hope that you'll have some luck as a hull-gunner. Or go ride and try capping points while getting slaughtered. The machmaking is terrible. But if only that was a problem. The recent update, timoshenko. I read a lot about the game prior to it and there are obviously problems with it. Russians steam roll every match, I lost 90% of those while i played against them as american gi. I was actually happy to have a chance to play against germany because i could hope to have a chance to win then. But there's more... Basically, the basic smgs of the germany and usa are getting slaughtered by the ppd's with 71 round mags and so on. I could list way more of problems but this one i'll use to picture the problem i have in mind. We play a game that's having ol' battlefield mechanics, it's not aiming to be realistic. So the balance should be the main concern of the game developers. It is not, obviously. You're not equal in the engagment. You should expect being in a disadvantage because your weapon is going to be most likely ♥♥♥♥♥♥. And that's how it is in more that half of situations. Furthermore, if that wasn't enough, the matchmaker is screwed. As I was saying, upon reaching the 3rd level, you'll loose all the fun in the game for a good while. Theoreticall you have a chance to choose a soldier you want to use and grind yourself a new loadout in correct MM enviroment but this don't works. As a result, I had to go with the sihtty grease gun against the hordes of mg42's or worse, pepeshas. I had no chance obviously and it wasn't the fun gameplay. But all right, I survived it, I grinded up the smg achievement enough high to unlock the famous thompshon. And here goes the one of the major problems I find in this game. Which is the absurd costs of the guns and vehicles. Or maybe, rather just guns. Sniper rifle costs above 230.000, just nearly as much as the M26 Pershing! Thomsphon I mentioned, costs 125k. While per match, you'll be lucky to get 3k after reducing the earnings by the costs of repairing the stuff you used and replenishing the ammunition. It's absurd. Especially that tanks are gods of the battlefield but the AT weapons are in most cases a high level unlockables and ammunition to bazookas costs a fortune. Thats not how it should be, and the higher level at munitions as sticky grenades, at mines of various kinds and so forth - can stay that way. But the basics like ammunition to bazookas should be cheaper. Since the side that have more tanks is gonna win, even if these are simple tankettes with only mg's on. It's always a steamroll fest for one side. You'll very rarely find youself on a balanced engagment in which you have time to find your niche, that one road by the stream that allows you to do something on the battlefield and have some fun.
The game is a ♥♥♥♥♥. And even more so, because it whines and begs to you to open your wallet. That's the most disgusting thing about it. Everything drains your silver in order to make you buy premium/gold. There's no other point that explains the absurd costs of ammo and repairs, not to mention the weapons themselves. Everyday you log in, you'll got a huge pop-out calling you to buy the premium too. The game does not offer you a wonderful time like War Thunder can (it's my personal example), in order to make you want to spent the money on it. It does hit you in the jaw, steamroll with unbalanced matches and then throws you in a full infantry squad against full tank squad in the open field without at weapons. The game does all the ♥♥♥♥ to piss you off, to make you want to buy premium to ease up the grind, or rather - skip it. To buy that one weapon/vehicle that will give you the edge and make your games fun again. Might it be the sniper rifle so you'll finally be able to chill in the bushes and wreck havoc between the enemies. Or that better tank that will let you kick everyone's ♥♥♥ and start winning. That's right, the game tries to piss you off on purpose and it's making the game pretty much pay to win. And that's the disgusting part about it.
So far I'll keep on playing but I cannot say for how long. It can be fun, it have it's moments too. But it's horrible in terms of balance, matchmaking and everything else. And it kicks you in the nuts to ask for money. It shouldn't be like that. Because of this, though I do like this game, I'm giving it a negative opinion. The game isn't worth a dime simply because it's ordinary in it's way of demanding it from you.