it's a driver issue as of the last couple driver releases. i don't believe it will be 'fixed', something to do with nvidia preparing for the Windows 10 environment. i'm too lazy to google it and give you more specific information
i played Dragon Valley in BF2 and had some fun but it was never one of my favorite maps. I was really hoping for Cerbere Landing from 2142 (a long shot to win). i'm certainly not going to complain about free content! I'm glad they went further back in their catalog and didn't just use a BF3 map. also the updated Dragon Valley looks gorgeous, graphically. i'm excited to try it out.
it's a shame Hardline had such a short life. I've gone back to BF4 (after a 6 month hiatus) and i'm having a blast rediscovering it, but it would be nice to load up a game of Hardline every now and then.
yeah the graphics are a little stylized. still better looking than most FPS games. i played Blood Money last night for the first time since the initial beta, man i forgot how much fun that game mode is. also seemed like cash accumulated very quickly.