From: San Diego CA
1. Odd display choices. Basically I cannot play the game at my native 1920 x 1080 resolution. I have to play it in a reduced window that is only about 2/3 of my screen. Oh, I can "stretch" it to fit my screen, but everybody then gets squashed and looks like a midget. Pretty annoying - not a game breaker, but why are not other graphics formats supported?
2. UI takes some getting used to. Never seen one like this and it is not exactly intuitive, but I guess I'll learn how to use it with time.
3. Groggy complaints: Historical details. So far, noticed that:
- The M-3 Grease Gun is said to fire 9mm. Actually it was .45 ACP, same as in the M1911 Colt pistol.
- There is no M-1 Carbine - a big lapse, if you ask me. It was far more common than the M-3 Grease Gun, particularly in the Italian campaign, which the game is supposed to represent.
- The M-1 Garand and the M1918 BAR fire the exact same 30-06 round, as does the M1917 Browning LMG. However, the three guns all have different lethality ratings for some reason. AFAIK the round on target effect is the same for the three, though admittedly they all differ in ROF, effective range, etc.
- Some of the pre-set unit choices are off if you ask me, e.g. "Darbys Rangers" are said to be airborne, which they most definitely were not. That impacts how the unit is delivered to the battlefield in the game - guys wearing airborne gear are parachuted as a team onto the playing area. Neat, but not for the Rangers. I have to explore this a bit more to see what all the differences are between the various offerings, but that one stuck in my mind.
- The Unit Builder has potential, I'll say that. They just need more variety in the offerings (weapons, uniforms, etc.)
- The ranks displayed for US troops are off. A 2nd Lieutenant is given a Master Sergeant's stripes, for instance, while a Sergeant (three chevrons) is listed as a "2nd Sergeant." The historical rank of Fist Sergeant (3 chevrons and one rocker) is described as "Sergeant." I find these sort of basic mistakes galling, given the ease with which the historical ranks and titles can be looked up with no real effort.
Clearly no one consulted a WW2 US Army buff or else these silly mistakes would not have been in the final release. I assume they can be cleared up in patches, but still...
That's just from 10 minutes of fooling with it so admittedly I've barely scratched the surface. I'm going to stick with it and learn the game well, but I have to say that I'm disappointed in particular with the screen resolution limitations. Maybe they can sort that out in a future release, but I doubt it can be addressed in a patch.
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