Heavy armor is the new AP rounds, there is no real reason not to use it, you can just survive more shots.
Oh no a slight reduction in the already fast speed your character runs and the wonky servers causing inconsistent player animations and hit deteciton makes it possible for enemies to get the drop on your and still manage to survive.
An ESAPI plate provides protection from .30-06 M2 Armor-piercing rounds with a steel or tungsten penetrator.
While I agree that game balancing doesn't always fall in-line with real life, it actually is more realistic this way. It is something that will likely be addressed as time goes on though, as NWI did with INS mod and then INS2 retail.
Yea most soldiers today are outfitted with Armour plating that can withstand a .308 at least. I think its a more realistic feature and is gonna put more emphasis on head shots and explosives. That being said it seems to make guns like the "Uzi" basically useless against heavy Armour, which can be frustrating as hell.
this video says nothing (especially being in coop).
just because you have a highlight with a semi auto weapon, doesnt mean it is balanced. I have a bunch of highlights with pistols on Source... doesn`t mean they are as good as rifles