Almost all players left are regulars and highly experienced, usually bunched up on one or two servers with 20 - 30 players. Combat is frustrating and imbalanced with clothed peasants wielding pitchforks that insta kill knights in full plate. Janky melee where everyone is constantly running in circles to keep their top speeds for bonus damage and to dodge incoming swings, this looks really silly and isn't very immersive.
You can barely shoot anything moving with a ranged weapon, as your projectile is shot after a noticeable delay dependent on the games/servers mood, add in the fact that everyone is running in circles makes it nearly impossible to lead your shots.
Usually while running in circles you will want to position yourself in such a way, that when your fully charged attack is released your swing begins inside or right before your target, achieving maximum damage potential without delay, giving even less or no time for a parry. Noone will explain this to you. I guess I should also mention that the community is childish and unfriendly. There seem to be a couple of map exploits as well, with snipers shooting from inside buildings. This all adds up to a genuine old school experience, the bad kind.
The developers have also discontinued support, which is the most frustrating issue, the potential is still there and they could really turn things around, but just gave up on it. It's not a bad game, it just needs someone to care about it. All those realistic armor hitboxes and weapon modifications mean nothing when it comes to the imbalance and cheapness in combat. Any "polish" is superficial at best.
So if you feel like sacrificing yourself for the enjoyment of everyone still playing and absolutely love hardcore metagaming, à la a slow jedi knight 2/academy without force powers or rancors, then buy this game now, you masochist.