Hey, I was a big fan of the first game, I've spent dozens and dozens of hours on it, and I was waiting for the sequel like the second coming of christ, and now that it's here.. I have to say I'm quite disappointed. If this was a race, S1 would be almost at the finish line, and I expected S2 to be getting about ready to start running, but nevermind being in the same race, these games aren't currently even on the same PLANET. S2 feels like a strict downgrade on almost everything, and that's a huge shame. It does not feel like a game I would expect after the first one, even considering it's EA right now, it has so many issues.
I'll try to list stuff I have issues with, ranging from the objectively bad to quite subjective.
It doesn't work, it doesn't show relevant information, it's awful in every way.
HUD is bad, you can't see your cooldowns, key bindings don't update, Heat is hard to see, I don't see why the ammo etc. had to be moved to the right side, S1 wasn't perfect either, but it was a lot better than 2. You had everything relevant on the middle and left of the screen, now it's all over the place, and somehow still harder to see, not good.
Enemy HP doesn't show up sometimes, and it's hard to tell if enemies are alive in general, they need an outline or something when they're hidden behind walls.
It also somehow feels very hard to tell if you're getting hit, I don't know what's different from the first game, sometimes it just feels like I die randomly because it was hard to tell I was getting hit.
Class Design and Balance
Weapons and Gunplay
I'm sure I forgot a lot of stuff too, but this is all off just a few hours of game time, and I imagine I won't be playing more until a lot of stuff gets fixed and more stuff added. The game obviously has potential, but it needs A LOT of work, I can only hope it gets better.
As a closing note, I must say I will really miss the Specialist from the first game, having an army of minions as an Engineer, or blasting everything away with the Demolisher was great, and it doesn't feel like Riot Guard or Grenadier combined with the limitations of the new item system will fill that hole adequately. I want Spider Mines back, I want Seth's Suitcase turret back, I want the Missile Drone, I want the Engineer Turret back, pls send help ;_;