EDIT: 27 Feb; Welcome to all non-Founders! I asked for this to be moved from the Founder's Lounge. Bear in mind that this thread started about Patch 9 or 10, so much of the early stuff could well be out of date. My review of Patch #12 is probably a good place to start if you want to skip things. Rather than try out everything in this Alpha, I’ve chosen to dedicate my time to playing and giving feedback on a very narrow aspect of the game: the Heavy Bolter. I will occaisonally include other weapons that I’ve switched to to take care of specific situations, but I’ll try and keep these relevant to my experience as a HB Devastator by using them as supporting evidence and illustrative examples. I’ve made this thread to collect my experiences and feedback, and will add to it as I experience more of the game and learn things. Feel free to add your own thoughts too. I’m hoping that what starts out fairly negative will become more positive as I L2P and the game changes and improves. First though, some background info so you know what my biases are. 40K: I started playing in earnest at the release of 3rd Ed, and only played a few months of 4th Ed. I didn’t get much further into the Lore and fluff than what was in the Codexes. I mainly played Imperial Guard, but also had a Space Marine army, and dabbled with the Tau. Shooters: I’m not a huge player of shooters, I’m mostly an MMO player. My main shooters in the last few years have been Space Marine and Payday 2, and dabbled in Global Agenda a long while back. Heavy Bolter is my preferred weapon in Space Marine, and is the feel I’d like to recapture. I play a heavily armoured Enforcer with an LMG in Payday 2, and Global Agenda continued the trend by preferring to play an Assault with a minigun. I’m not a fan of Mil-Sim. I personally don’t like that amount of realism in my game, though I can certainly appreciate those games as something other people enjoy. I’m very much a middle-skill level player. For single player, I usually play on Medium difficulty, will sometimes play on Easy if I’m more interested in the story. In PVP, I tend to be in the upper middle of the rankings - I contribute to wins and don’t cause losses, but I don’t carry wins and can’t haul up a losing team. Hardware: my PC is about 3 years old, i5 3.1Ghz quadcore, 8GB RAM, AMD Radeon 6900 4GB. I’m playing from New Zealand, so latency is always an issue. For reference, my latency to Blizzard’s WoW servers in the LA datacentre is 200-300ms most days. A good day will be 170ms, and a bad day will be 400-500ms. EDIT: I have pretty much zero experience in handling firearms. I'll do my best not to talk bollocks, but please call me on it if I do.