So, I don't usually write reviews, but on this one, I thought I would finally write one.
First off, I like the WW1 setting and the trench warfare gamemode, Frontlines. Attacking and defending trenches, back and forth. Some games become quite intense. Be mindful that at the time of writing this, there is no bullet drop, allowing you to snipe within visible range with extreme accuracy.
*Frontlines: Fun trench warfare (Each side randomly attacks the enemy's trench, or defends their own at the start of battle. You get 1 point for a successful attack/defense. Team with the highest points wins the match, regardless of who got the most kills. After each successful attack, you have to defend your newly-earned trench. After each successful defense, you get to attack the next trench line. The more players you have in the trench line over the other team, the faster you capture the trench. =Teamwork is what it's all about!= Just because you can single-handedly sneak in to an enemy trench and wipe them out yourself, (I've done it before on several occasions) doesn't mean you'll capture the trench, or your teammates will come up to join you quick-enough to stop the flood of enemy players from swamping you and taking back their trench from your lone-assault)
*Authentic voices (french/german)
*Attention to detail when it comes to historical accuracy
*Classes which vary per squad type (currently, there are two types of squads per side. Each squad has 4 different classes from each other. This generates a lot of replayability trying to gain all the class unlocks for each squad type on each side)
*Each gun has its own sighting (even without bullet drop, learning how to properly aim each gun is a fun, and rewarding, part of the learning curve)
*As you play more with the same players, you unlock higher squad levels which have varying effects on everyone's classes. Most-notably, the mortar upgrade. (which can be extremely devastating)
*Overall, it can be very fun to play, especially with a few friends. (best with VOIP, of course)
*Small, attentive development team. (I count this as a plus, personally)
*EXTREME Sync/net-code issues ("dancing" doesn't hardly work here, unless they are a battlefield away. Many times, you will see the bullet zoom past you, then you will drop dead)
*No bullet drop (even at long distances. At the short distances which trench warfare can take place, bullet drop wouldn't make much sense, it would be based on how you aim your gun... Which is how it's set up currently. However, when you start sniping across the battlefield as some do, myself included, the lack of bullet drop is a bit much for those extreme distances, even if the maximum draw distance does make it hard to see someone because of the fog it adds)
*Misaligned sniper optic (been broken for a very long time)
*No VAC or other system (with seemingly no intent to add any such system at any recent time. You WILL run into several people who take advantage of this to some extent)
*Players with higher ping have advantage (round a corner with someone who has extremely higher ping than you--garentee, on your screen, it will seem as if you dropped dead instantly from a shot behind the corner)
*Misaligned camera (this will cause you to get shot more than almost anything. Think you're safely behind cover? BAM, caught a bullet in your head, which appeared to be completely out-of-sight to you)
*Shot Processing (Shots are chronologically sent to the server as fast as possible, or so they CLAIM. Whichever shot reaches the server first, no matter if both shots were kill shots, the shot that wins kills its target, and the remaining bullet is completely deleted. This, coupled with sync/net-code issues will cause you to, many many many times, click to fire and nothing will happen, then you click again fast, and suddenly see a flash from someone's gun and you drop dead. OR, you see your gun go off, full animation, sound effect, everything... Then, you drop dead. Your opponent, however? Perfectly fine. This "bullet erasure" is unacceptable)
*"Failed to add local player" (this error is a fairly recent one, that I've noticed. It began with the addition of Flanders. However, of late, it's seemed to take a liking to Vosages. This will bug a map so that you are unable to join the game on that map. This is extremely unlucky, if you are trying to join with your own squad of friends, and it keeps dropping you in the same bugged map, causing you to have to remake your squad)
*"Ghost Bug" (To you, the match will looked bugged, you will be unable to die for any reason, no one can see you, and you can not cause any damage--like a spectator mode, but tied to an invisible participant. Almost all the time lately though, it will simply instantly kick you out of the game and say "Had to quit because of Ghost Bug. This is our top prio to fix." --it's been that way for a while, but at least they're trying to fix it!)
**Numerous other small issues/bugs
This "Failed to add local player" and "Ghost Bug" are two major issues that I hope are solved ASAP, since they make even attempting to enjoy the game impossible when they strike you. Usually, you can get around these bugs by joining already-made squads on the map of your choice.
My take: Personally, I love the game--when I don't run into tons of sync/net-code/shot processing/non-VAC issues. Many times, I find myself making perfectly aimed shots, only to have the bullet pass through my opponent, without it even registering, or some of the other Shot Processing problems. Also, lately, graphics are rendering improperly. Causing players to appear out in the open at distance (even with the "EXTRA" detail setting on everything) when really, they're behind dirt, sandbags, or even a tree. That being said, I've had many fun, and quite intense, games of Verdun. It's just, when the BS starts to mount up, its better to put the game down for a while, and come back in a few hours.
So, with all that said...
Do I like the game? Yes.
Can I recommend this game? No, not in its current state.
Could I recommend this game at $10? No, not in its current state.
Could I recommend this game at $5? Yes, perhaps. Even in its current state, you would find a decent-enough amount of value in this product, over time, to call for such a price. (if it's on sale for $6-7, then perhaps, as well)
Do I regret buying this game? I can't really give a definitive answer. I have A LOT of fun playing it sometimes. However, when I first started playing, the issues overwhelmed me and I would rarely have higher than 10 kills with some 30 deaths... Now, I'm usually around a 2:1 k/d ratio per game. This varies of course... But, on average, it's about that. I fought through the issues the game had, because there was just "something" that kept calling me back to it. I improved and learned to deal with the issues, until how I feel about the game now. Some nights, I am happy I bought the game, even at list price. Other nights, I'd like nothing more than to uninstall it and never play it again. Moderating the frustration I have some nights, I find myself coming back to the game over and over again... So, I would have to say, overall, I don't regret buying it. However, it really depends on the night.
This game is considered Early Access, and will change, and (I hope) improve over time. They are currently working on adding gas squads, amongst other things, ...so we'll see how things go. Should the game improve and/or my recommendation change, I'll change this review.
5/10 -- Fun, but too frustratingly buggy and without VAC (or the like) to provide a fair experience for all, all of the time.
(This review was written before the July 28th WW1 anniversary update, I'll edit it appropriately once I've played enough with the various new changes)