From the time spent in BF3, most of what's above is quite good. Another thing is to pick one or two kits/classes & just stay with them as well as spot everything ever & just stick with your group. If you are happening to wind up as the squad leader, hang back to see how things are going, if a spot is about to be captured by your side, flag another one that's nearby or attainable so if they wind up capturing it you'll get some credit for it. And with your kits going off a recharge, use them all you can as you should get some credit if people pick up healing/ammo/ect. from what you left for them if you don't use some of it yourself.
Early on as much as I loved the engineer class I'd find myself mostly going with the assault/medkit route & staying with the group and reviving all I could plus the starting gun was decent compared to the engineer. On the bigger maps, give the sniper rifle a try & skirt the edges of the map and spot all you can even more with the fancy scope. It does take a while to get higher in level but found personally that the assault/healer was the best to start.
Failed by a few points the first time, went back & got it and been happy with driving ever since. Things like this take a little practice, if nothing else my tip for anyone in this situation should just find an empty office/school parking lot on the weekend where there's no cars to hit & practice some of this stuff, you can even get your friends to stand in for cars & try to parallel park (just get them close to where cars might be or use some other kind of marker that won't hurt the car if you hit it (ie. traffic cones) & take it slow so nobody gets hurt)
It does seem different but the rest of the crew has been doing a good job with it. I'd say jump in on September & go from there as they've got the groove back plus recently you get to hear Vinny host one of the bombcasts which is quite amusing.
Been quite happy here with either the Monster coffee flavored drinks or the Monster lemonade (or the plain Monster drink), tried a lot of the other energy drinks out there & found that Monster is the only one I found that doesn't taste too bad but it's up to personal preference.
My bet is that either one of the next gen consoles is having issues with some of the networking end or that most of the next gen games (as expected like last time) that the launch games will not look all that different than what we have now. That or the bulk of the game/entertainment media is severely ignoring the new Battlefield game over CoD.
Loved the previous one on the pc & so glad they did this unexpected move as I tried a little of overkill & enjoyed the grindhouse setting but didn't have that much time with the wii. Looks like this will be awesome.