I played it.
Iam back, back from the Boomtown netcafé running the pre-release of BATTLEFIELD 2.
Me and my buddies got our names noted, and sat down in the comfy black chairs.
After a bit of teamspeak trouble, we launched the game.
Watched the intro, as it rock. Then i sat up an account and joined my team's testserver.
The graphics were upgraded, ragdoll was implimented, it was there, right infront of me.
After a short time of teamkilling and pointless artillery strikes (wich totally rock!) we started the real match. As told, the map adjusted after our relativ small amount of players. As mentioned in the BF2 DEMO thread, it's so much easier to hide in the grass/bushes. I loved playing as the Anti-tank role (Wich have a automatic rifle by the way) and blast away any passing vehicles - or throwing sticky C4 on 'em as the SPEC OP class.
Our team as the other, were left with a small arrangement of light tanks, a bigger tank (Abrams) Some desert patrol vehicles, and a couple of trucks.
Having laid a tactic we all knew what to do, and moved to our designated flags or points.
Did not really use the "HUD-menu". With us communicating over teamspeak there were really no use of it. The sniper class kinda sucked, (in the maps we played, anyway) so i stuck with the Anti-tank/SPEC OP classes.
Now the artillery strikes you can call in are infact pretty neat. Not really overpowered, nor impossible to neutralize. On the maps, often near the team's spawnpoint/base, were several artilleryguns set up. Not mannable - but destructable!
A couple of C4 charges was enough to take out one of these heavy guns.
Besides the artillery strike, the commander could call down a UAV to scan, making enemy units within range show up on radar. And there were a sat. scan.
Both very useful. But as the artillery, these "special abillities" could also be neutralized by destroying a component linked to the "abillity" (Like destroying a radar, located in the enemy base, would stop the scannning)
I did get to try some planes and some helicopters. They were nice too. Like the anti-air guns, with the new LOCK-ON system, taking down one of the airborne units has become not only somewhat easier but also more fun. The air units, got flares against this though.
My team won, big time - several times. I won a BATTLEFIELD2
And even better, a copy of Battlefield 2 wich will ship to my mailbox the day it comes out.
Iam pretty excited about this, won all those matches. wohoo.
Feel free to ask me questions, if you have any