I love most of the first and third person animations but hate some. Especially running animations in third person; lagging feets and legs, stuttering body and overall weird looking. It was actually looking worse post-launch. however with the updates and stuff, now its looking a little better. nevertheless it can look more realistic.
Take a look at how some games like battlefield handle those animations, see how this soldier minimize his body making it less of a target:
Then looking at insurgency, soldiers stand so upright, exposed and not so tactical:
I know NWI is a indie game developer but since Sandstorm aims realism in all aspects, it would be great if we can have third person hip, waist animations and maybe hand interactive walls when characters are turning around corners, bumping into walls etc.