So, I installed the thing through Steam. It was the North American version. After painstakingly devoting GB of my PCs hard drive to install it, I proceeded to make an account. I was greeted with a popup. "Your area is Greece, proceed to the [insert some name I don't remember] site." I went to the EU site with the name I don't remember, made an account, it wanted me to download the game. I said "No" and wanted to log on. So I went back on Steam, clicked "Play" and tried to log on. The account did not exist, because the game was NA version. So, I went back to the site and downloaded it, thinking it would install an update to my game. It didn't, so now I had to download the EU version of the game, with the NA version still sitting in my Steam folder, being useless. So, I thought I'd experiment and delete everything from the PS2 subfolder in the Steam folder and replace it with the few files of the EU version I had, allowing me to click the Steam "Play" button and start the EU version, update it and play it. I made a backup for the NA version, just in case it didn't work, deleted everything inside the original subfolder and placed the EU files in it. Success! The EU version runs through Steam and the NA version has been obliterated. It makes me feel happy that I succeeded, because most people don't perform such file replace operations, because they fear ruining their systems. The genius part: That I thought of that relatively quickly and performed it successfully. The idiot part: That I didn't check Steam before I decided to start PS2 to see if the EU version was there.
7th December 2003
I installed the US version before they made an EU version. I think I'm still playing on an EU server though (Miller?).
Anyway, I liked the game, especially the ESF part. I don't like the recent update which introduced a bunch of air to air missiles. I also really liked the PS2 beta, when light tanks with aa-guns were effective against aircraft.
I still have 8GB worth of data left to download, but I have heard it's quite good from a friend. But he says it's very complicated to learn in the start, is that so?
7th December 2003
I think most parts of the game a pretty straight forward. It can be frustrating for new guys as most veterans have lots of upgrades which makes it difficult to beat them with the free equipment.
Just spawn a medic into a Biolab (those large dome-like structures), then hang back behind the frontline and heal and revive people. That is an easy way to earn certs (which you need to buy weapons or upgrades).
It does take a while to get a feel for it. IMO it's not so much the upgrades - the starter guns are some of the best in the game - so don't let that get you down too much. You'll just die a little more , but newbies die lots anyway. This is supposed to sound encouraging...The most valuable upgrades are probably the upgrades to heal/repair tools, and probably personal armor + whatever makes your favorite vehicle/aircraft go faster. It's not so much about K/D (it still matters, but isn't as important as it is with battlefield's ticket system, for example), but your ability to help your team take an objective.
Woah woah woah. What do vehicles and aircrafts have to do with a FPS?
So you can have some ground troops and just one guy with an aircraft can destroy them all? Woah, that seems strange.
I still have 8.5GB of data left. And my download speed is insanely low. Apologies. I'll play it someday, but, like we say to the god of death "Not today."