The game feels really weird to me. Like Im not very good at quake, so I dont have the most informed opinion, but it feels like there's no punishment for +forwarding at everyone because you cant really control space. From what I've played the weapons have really poor balance, with lg being basically your only option. Rockets feel like weird interp tf2 rockets, the playermodel isn't on the ground and that combined with really floaty jumping and surfs makes rockets even more useless. All you have to do when the other guy pulls out rockets is jump and then continue to lg because its impossible for them to follow up. Lg also has like no knockback so you cant punish people for pushing in bad spots. So many times I've picked up red+mega+another armor off spawn just to been killed by another idiot running through a tight choke at half my stack because there's literally nothing stopping them. Rockets makes killing you easier, lg cant kite, nades arent in half the maps (and wouldn't matter anyways). The game actually feels faster than cpma because you just cant control space like you can in normal quake.
Because of this, the maps are also terribly unbalanced. Skybreak is the worst offender imo because of the teleporters, which makes controlling area around mega and other armors basically impossible. Even when I was set up on mega with 200/200 stack, there's nothing you can do to stop the other guy from taking the tele and challenging other than just having better lg. Fights around items just seem like 50/50 lg fights, and then you back off and try to rail just to reset for the next set of lg fights. It really feels like cpma where you regain "control" by just running at the other guy constantly hoping for good damage, with map control and positional counterplay being a nonfactor (compared to how important it is in ql).
idk the game feels like its in a really poor state right now. I feel like I could be overreacting or just not understanding the maps well enough and might still be in a bit of gamer rage mode, so I dont really want to say that the game is bad, but its definitely not what I was expecting :/