I finally got a chance to get stuck in and play now that my night shifts are over.
I haven't seen all the maps yet. I get the impression that it's already going in the direction of RO and RO2 with people just voting the same map over and over and over again. It seems that the Iwo Jima map gets the most play with Peleliu and Saipan running a distant second. I've not even seen any of the other maps come up yet.
Having said that, all three of those maps are pretty damned fun. I tend to play as the Japanese mostly as I want the teams to be balanced and the US seem to be the more popular choice for most players. Lots of complaints about the quality difference between the weapons. I tend to play the MG class so I'm not too bothered. The Japanese Type 96 and 99 LMGs aren't too bad. The issue I have is that the same bipod deployment weirdness that existed in RO2 is still present. Sometimes, you just cannot deploy the weapon at all despite the fact that the terrain appears reasonably flat. Other times, you'll deploy but the weapon will be pointing up into the air or down into the dirt. Fortunately, it's fairly rare from what I've seen. Reloading takes forever with the Japanese LMGs and I get caught out quite a lot, trying to do a reload. The BAR is much faster to reload but the recoil is very fierce and it's very hard to hit much with it when using the regular fire mode. There's an alternate fire mode available for the BAR which slows the rate of fire considerably and makes the gun a little more accurate, but it's still a beast to control.
I like it so far. The play mechanics are almost identical to RO2 but the maps seem better designed. The fighting tends to be very chaotic and very deadly. I still haven't seen the option for booby traps or banzai charges but I'm looking forward to it. Flame-throwers are nasty! I hope they put in exploding FT tanks so that you can blow up the evil bastards who carry the flamethrowers. As of now, they drop just like everyone else when they're shot.
I would also like the option to set up a single player session with bots in order to familiarize myself with the maps but, if there is an option for this, I haven't found it yet.
Tutorial needs work as well as the one they use now is cut and pasted directly from RO2 with you playing as a German.