Ah Red Orchestra 2. Wonderful brutally hard game to stay alive in.
I spend an inordinate amount of time in this video being dead. Which is kind of me being reckless in a game where being reckless is rewarded with bullets in the face. But overall I think RO2 is a cool game, very realistic and tactical which is a lovely change of pace from the other modern shooters.
I have also never had more trouble with a games tutorial than I had with this game, it tries to tell you about adjusting your sights on the gun and I don't know I guess I just couldn't get a good feel for how that works because my bullets just ended up not hitting the target at all. But it does ask you to be more accurate than you probably are going to be for the very first tutorial. The single player is really a bunch of bot matches interspersed with tutorial stuff, tank controls, squad commands, so it's worth playing through at least some of it to get you to that point.
Tank combat is pretty interesting because positioning is just so much more important than in something like battlefield. Hitting a tank at a large angle will just result in your shell bouncing off armour. There are specific points in the tank that are vital and each of the individual tank crewmen can die, so you can fire rounds to damage the treads of your opponent and then move around to get a better shot at it's side and rear. And did I mention that it's really hard to see stuff from inside your tank, course you could open the canopy and take a look outside if you don't mind being shot by snipers.
That all said there are a couple issues, the server browser for one doesn't refresh right sometimes and the only way I know how to fix that is by restarting the game. And in the video you can see that the game locked up for a moment while I was playing which was all kinds of bad (I blame this for the death that happens 3 seconds later! Not really...). That's happened to me a couple times, not super frequently, but enough for me to take issue with it. The games not really a looker either but it looks good enough for what it is.
Eurogamer Expo is coming up on Thursday-Sunday this week in London. I'm going all 4 days where I'm probably going to spend most of it sitting down listening to game developers talk which should be great fun. Unfortunately me sucking at the "releasing games" part of my job description means I also need to go fish out a CV for those couple days as well. Hopefully the carreers part of the expo won't be completely dire like it was last year (which is odd because the first year they did it, it was pretty darn good). Anyways I'll try to blog as much about the Expo as I can but given that I have a deadline for next Friday...sigh. I have a busy week ahead of me.
Edit: Big thanks to @JodyR for the code. Nice to end the blog post on a high note :).