Since I am huge Rainbow fan, I eagerly anticipated the release of this game. Because I like this series alot I even defended this game numerous times on the forum to those that disagreed witht the approach of Lockdown. However, after playing the game, my opinions have changed somewhat. This game is not Rainbow. There are tactics involved, and I guess there are skills involved to being good at the game, but the same could be said of Halo. Obviously there are tactics in even Halo and players that are better than others, but like Halo, this game does turn into a frag fest very quickly.
I don't really have a problem with the armor and increased shots to hit a person, IF they kept the shooting system from previous games. But since they went to the more realistic, but much tougher iron sights, Lockdown has forced players to play run and gun, because head shots are extremely difficult. Switching from the regular sights in R63 to the iron sights was not a bad decision, just not a necassary one.
The graphics are obviously improved despite what some naysayers have said. The frag grenades are extremely weak though in appearance. Exploding confetti is spot on in description. The maps also, while not poor, do not have any character. What I mean is that there are no really awesome maps like a airport, garage, or presidio which you could tell were just awesome maps from the first time playing them.
PEC mode is a keeper. Definitely the highlight of this game. Hopefully, they keep this in future titles.
This game is not a great game and maybe not even good. It is better than average and entertaining which is reflected in its reviews by OXM, Ign, etc. I can't explain it, but this game just does not feel like Rainbow. I appreciate Goliath and Mahub or whoever spent their time and energy to put out a finished product. I just hope for the future of Rainbow that the devs view Lockdown as an experiment and take whats good (PEC, graphics) and integrate that into the old rainbow which involved more realism, and yes, skill. Sorry if this thread is reptitive, but I needed to vent my thoughts which are slightly less partisan than other Rainbow purists.