Well, Battlefield 2 is in my hot little hands right now. I had to get the CD version (3 CDs) because I don't believe in preordering (it violates rule #1 of impulse buying, which is that if the goods aren't miraculously present on the store shelf, I don't pick them up and purchase them).
Now I just need those Nvidia X64 drivers to show up... c'mon! Pleeease!
[Update, 2:20am] Well... it's pretty good, but I find myself wanting to play Joint Operations after I get annoyed at the infantry game. It's all about the vehicles in BF2. Opinions may change with experience, but I'll give it a 7/10 at the moment.
I told you that JOPS was better, but you didn't believe me. Now you are yearning.
Joint Ops is great.. if you like being repeatedly gunned down by a heavily concealed sniper a half mile away.
I *am* that sniper.
It'd be even better if they'd fix the sound panning issues (once a sound has started playing, it maintains its location relative to you if you turn before it finishes, which is really disorienting).
Fingers crossed for a next version...
If you're really worried about armor, you should play Special Ops, like 50% of the rest of the online community.
I can't play SO worth a damn, though. I'm just not that sneaky.
Also w/r/t sound, do you have hardware and EAX enabled in the sound options?