What little hardcore I have played, it seemed like everyone was camping their little area.
What I have noticed with the new patch is that normal mode seems to be a mix of hardcore and normal mode. I am referring to spotting the enemy and him staying lit. I hear my character calling out enemies, but no dorito shows up.
Maybe it was just exclusive to the chopper. But I like it. It is far more challenging. Spamming the back button doesn't light up the whole screen. Even when you spot soldiers and tanks they don't necessarily light up, forcing you to actually acquire the target as opposed to just shooting at an orange triangle.
I think this is a nice balance. I see it as a big change, and for the better.
Last night, in the chopper, I couldn't believe how quickly I was losing track of big ole tanks I had just targeted and disabled. Also I couldn't believe when we were basically surrounded by soldiers, spamming the back button did very little. Basically it made it all way more challenging, which I think plays out better. Just seems like a nice balance.
Also, I'm pretty sure the gunner's gun is less effective against ground soldiers, which is fine.