only if you want to play on some servers, all it does as far as it affected me is stop u using vechile drop on some maps (subject to server admin)
Any of you guy play Armor Fury? Best of BF2 in my humble option.
I got good ol' bf2. Though not for a while. (I just learned about the patch 1.4 reading the other posts! And I learned you can change the languages to englsih)
I have tryed using the map editor but it takes too much time (for me) to make anytning substantial and useful. I have downloaded some player-made-maps and played them, but i still prefer the default maps and settings.
I really enjoy starting a map on coop mode, making the bots fairly easy, and seeing how many kills i can do in one round. It makes the online servers seem very challenging.