Since everybody's making threads for the most obvious of issues thought i'd throw a gameplay discussion in the mix. I had some real fun last night, since i'm able to play now since the first patch. Shot me some skulks, found out that marines win if they get grenade launchers and lerks can effectively gas the marine spawn, even got a kill in or 2.
The lag, hitreg bug and sideways skulks i don't care for. Hell they add to the fun, you never know what you'll actually hit! But the only thing i really felt was missing, was the fact that marines can't build buildings. I really miss seeing an armory drop and every marine running towards it to build it like crazy. Or the fact that sometimes, a marine was smart and stealthy enough to reach an out of the way resnode, which i can drop a tower on (the MACs i sent out keep getting killed very very very easely). I was very dissapointed when i tried to drop a resource tower across the map, and it woulnd't drop untill the MAC got there (he got chewed on the way).
after a few games the marines automatically ended up putting a 2 man escort on the MAC's. in a 6v6, this isn't a good way of distributing resources.
I Love NS2. Every aspect of it that's ingame so far. Except the above. If you'd ask me, what made NS1 "NS" for me, was the fact that it was a shooter in which you could build buildings. Currently, NS2 is a shooter in which the commander can build buildings, and your just a grunt who's only good for shootn bullits. that's boring. Shooting used to be a means to an end, now it's all ya got. If your outside the hive, with no MAC near, might aswell run in because you can't set up a siege base.
I'm not afraid of change, though i am afraid of bad change. And after having played a grunt and a commander, i do have to say, this'll be a bad change. I'd much muhc prefer it if phase tech was put back in (so we can drop buildings where ever we want) and the kharaa commander gets the same. It could work through "spores that have been released into the air gather to form the basic structure to grow out of which gorges can then nourish". While the marines would all be able to build, only gorges with healspray can build on the other side. Simply because of legacy reasons: if you want to build as an alien, go gorge. Thats part of NS aswell :p
Just my 2 cents on the matter. Oh, and if marines can build but i just couldn't see it because of the lag, i apologize and make this into a "can't drop buildings whereever we want" thread.