First Thoughts for PC version:
Looks good and plays smoothly even on my HD4850 which fits into the minimum spec graphics. I suspect I am getting something of a low frame rate but my version of fraps didn't seem to want to tell me what it was. I did try taking some screenshots of how it looked for the graphics settings I had selected...but failed miserably.
My main gripes have been with stability - I can only get about 15 mins of play max before getting disconnected saying my connection to the server has timed out. Not sure what is causing it but it is frustrating.
I have heard a lot of people complain that you have to have origin running to get the server browser to then start the game. This is the case but at the same time you need steam running to get into steam games so it is literally the addition of the browser that is extra and that is no big deal. When you click join on the server browser it loads in nice and fast.
And the browser seems to work ok - the server filters were a bit bugged and queuing has been turned off for the moment but that isn't a big deal really. The quick join seems to ignore any filters and find you servers anywhere in the globe which is... well a little bit gay. But again, come the finished game I will never use the quick join. ever. So that isn't too much of a big deal either.
I do like that fact that you can create a platoon for your clan and a 'party' for picking games - you all join the party and someone finds a server with space for the party and then you get a pop-up saying do you want to join and in you all go. Which is ace.
Another small gripe of mine is that you have to get into a game, and spawn before you can press escape and get at the graphics/key options. For someone who habitually changes all keys in a game before playing it gets frustrating to die 3 times whilst you are setting things up. Again, this is something you do once and then rarely touch again so it isn't a big deal.
Squads are a bit gay. I can click to leave the squad I get assigned to and then I can click join. Not join that
squad <points to squad with his clan mates in> but just a join button so it puts me in a random squad (probably the one I just left!).
The AK sounds a bit...limp - but it works very nicely. The multiple fire modes (for most guns) brings joy to my heart. Changing to single shot at distance is essential. I do find the spawn selection screen a little confusing and due to not knowing the map I often spawned facing the wrong way and can get confused by that. But after an hour or so of playing I have started to get to grips with the map and where the enemies might be etc. I am beginning to pick out enemies in the undergrowth quickly and with a bit spotting you can easily confirm your suspicions and then kill them dead. As was mentioned above the sounds are generally awesome (AK is an exception) and the effects are ace - the destruction isn't overwhelming and just seems to immerse you further. Hit reg on the servers I played in seemed good - if I wasn't killing them I could see that my aim wasn't spot on or the recoil was not being controlled.
A lot of the problems I have mentioned above are little niggles and in the grand scheme of things they don't matter. The only 2 things I have experienced that could have a long term impact are the disconnects and squad selection but I assume the disconnects is something that the beta is there to catch. Otherwise the game really gets a thumbs up from me even in the beta. It immerses you a lot in the gaming experience (something that IMO CoD games have not been able to match) and I am now a lot more confident that the game will live up to my (high) expectations. I just need to get my new graphics card ordered which I think will make it a little more fluid and I am ready for the finished game.
The sooner you get behind, the longer you have to catch up.