Yeah, i guess that could be a problem. Too bad
I agree it started a little slowly, and those snipers are bastards. What I usually do is just kill all of them in an area, THEN focus on everything else. I had the same problem with MOHAA. There were snipers in belltowers that you couldn't see, but they could kill you in 2 shots.
i haven't tried it yet, but Heroes of Might and Magic IV looks promising. I think HOMMII is the best game I've ever played.
Other good games to play (non-fps) are:
Baldur's Gate and Baldur's Gate II
Conquest: Frontier Wars
High Heat Baseball 2001 (the best of the series IMO)