From: Directly above the centre of the Earth.
I don't think infantry was too weak in v. 5.01. Just try digging Japanese out of their caves. You have to go in with the flamethrowers and then the kukris to make it happen. And snipers are almost completely useless in the later versions. They had a low ROF for a reason. A sniper takes his time, picks his target and fires 1 shot. With the ROF of 2 and the tougher infantry, snipers aren't worth the trouble.
And it's not a realism issue, it's a playability issue. If the AI did what real units do, move when they are surrounded, or when encirclement is threatened, then the new infantry toughness is warranted perhaps. But they do not, so it is not.
And I have been there. When we deployed from the Buffels, R-1s blazing, backed up with the FN Mags, the terrs did a fast fade. They did not stay in place in an area 50 metres by 50 metres, while twenty men with rifles and machine guns shot at them. If they had, they would have died, very, very quickly.
Admittedly a WW2 rifle, except for a StG44, doesn't have the kill capacity of an R-1. But the principle is the same.
But I am not leaving. Tell the Matrix crew I have enlisted for the duration.
Back to NA. I'm going to try the Mega Campaign again.