In my opinion, in BF2 jets were hugely over powered. The reload time for bombs made the absolutely the most frustrating vehicle in the game. I like that they seem to have a more air-to-air role in BF3. However, you still see a jet do a gun strafe every now and again to keep you in check.
I agree about the stingers though, their range is a bit too large for my liking. Infantry are everywhere, which makes anti-air basically... everywhere. It'd be nice if the flare reload was faster or something to allow choppers to stay in the fight longer.
Nerfed missiles on jets is necessarily a bad thing, if you ask me. It actually generates dogfights! Aircraft are so much fun in WWII era games because gun kills are hugely more challenging than lock and shoot. And to be honest, no one should be able to complain about not being able to shoot down helicopters. It's way more difficult to stay alive in them than to shoot them down. Hell, you look at one funny and you get 100 points for disabling a vehicle. I would actually like to see TV missiles make a comeback, personally.
I haven't gotten to base jump yet either...
I actually don't even know what map that's on...
Mortars frustrated me at first as well. On conquest, they are not really a big deal since flanking is so much easier, but on rush it's a bit more challenging. Shoot and scoot!
I just think it's a scam that you have to have a SLI or Crossfire setup to enjoy the game at ultra settings with 60+fps @1920x1200. I think they should optimize the game so we the gamers don't have to spend $500 to enjoy a game the way it was meant to be seen. I don't know if that will ever happen now that sli has become almost standard for most games, which is complete bull****!
People say "optimize the graphics" like it's so easy. The game is optimized. If they were to optimize it for non-SLI, graphics would just be more crappy on Ultra. In fact, we'd probably just have a "high" setting.
Do personal optimization, change the graphics settings lower, or upgrade your rig. Stop complaining because your rig can't max it. Setting the bar high makes the game's lifespan longer, so it's all good with me that I can't max it out.Edited by SectorNine50 - 11/7/11 at 8:57am