Ok, in the Electronic Gaming Monthly article, they showed some screenshots that gave some HINTS or allowed some specualtion about how this game will be in terms of graphics and MAYBE gameplay. I say MAYBE as I'm aware it's hard to extrapolate gameplay from a picture, it isn't a video after all, but you can speculate.
Anyway, here's what I thought:
there's a screenshot that shows JSF tanks, some infantry and the Comanche helos going up against the Russian forces. Anyway, the screenshot may be bad, but, the Comanche doesn't look very detailed. In fact, one of the best units with details I've ever seen in an RTS is Joint Task Force's Apache helos.
-the range in which the Comanches fire their missile at the tank is pretty close, maybe the distance of 4 tanks. Wish it were MUCH farther. Maybe I'm wrong, but I hope the missiles fire at longer distances rather than the typical short distance RTS games fire at.
- the same thing can be said about either the US or Russian tanks. They seem so close to each other.
- As they mentioned in this article, line of sight is important as there is a screenshot with infantry in a crater in one of the streets. They're JSF troops who are being backed up by a solider wearing an exoskeleton outfit equipped with a minigun. So the question is, was the crater part of the original map or was it created by an artillery shell with deformable terrain so that craters are just for graphics but have gameplay results due to reduced line of sight. Hopefully craters can be created on the go via artillery rounds. here's the screenie
Anyway those are my observations and impressions, what have you guys noticed or thought about the in-game screenshots in the EGM article.
In case you don't have the magazine, there are pictures and the same article now on the web. If you want to see the screenshot with the Comanche firing a missile at a RIDICULOUSLY short range as well as the tanks pretty close to each other, see p. 3 of this link or this shot
Oh and what with the desert painted tanks for the JSF, guys we've left the deserts of the Middle East, if there's no adaptive camo for tanks, I KNOW they had the money to paint tanks in less inconspicous colors for Western Europe. LOL.