All I ask is for a little diversity.
I understand that some matches can even go on for days in realtime, but in the end they can still swap sides to give it a shot the next time the decide to play.A side switcheroo is a clan war thing for 20-30 minute rounds, something that hasn't exactly been popular in the franchise for the past four or five years, and even when it was, it was done purely to negate possible terrain advantages that one side may have had; both sides were usually given the same array of weapons because the OPFOR selection frankly sucked in Arma 1 and because everyone was so in love with the G36 in OFP. It doesn't quite work in bigger one-off battles or large-scale pvp campaigns, not to mention public games. An underdog scenario shouldn't be impossible to make even if both sides had balanced assets: you just give one side less or inferior assets.
The more diversity, the more tactics you will need to learn and can learn. Same versus same will teach you a thing or two, but mixing it up will teach you more.
Personally I would like to see both symmetrical and asymmetrical scenarios, then you get the best of both worlds.
Its the game who decides to place units on the map/island or the mission maker?
I believe that this thread was SUPPOSED to be about what units/vehicles/equipment would be in the Editor for the mission maker to choose from in the first place (to place onto the island) WITHOUT addons...
#1: Without any addons required, only using "vanilla ARMA 3" (just like how ARMA 2: Free is limited).
#2: Without the mission maker having to be creative.
#3: Without the players of a faction having to be so much more tactically proficient (by a certain amount) than players of an opposing faction in order to stand a chance.
Example: Don't throw a T-72 against a M1A2, throw a Merkava against a M1A2!
EDIT: I just saw a screenshot of an ARMA 3 Iranian marksman from earlier this month, using an EBR with the "ARCO" optic from the E3 2011 version of ARMA 3... no idea what that means for "ARMA 3 game balance," but here it is.
Last edited by Chortles; Jul 30 2012 at 09:31. Reason: Found the ARMA 3 screenshot of an Iranian with an EBR
For the people who disfavour the idea of weapons balancing because they prefer to play as the "underdog", the logical solution is to not select the best weapons available to your force.