Missions are at least more varied than the usual "defeat all" missions. And if you come across one that too tough for you, open the paper and see what's avaiable to cut your teeth on.
There are a lot more Elite Boss types at the lower levels, and that means more teaming, which isn't bad unless you don't know where anybody is in Beta (grrrr).
The cape mission is/was (when I did it), freakishly hard to solo. Add an Energy Melee/Invuln Boss
to a solo, villainous mission... man that was undoable for me.
There are still numerous glitches and bugs in missions that will get worked out and fixed as they go. Some of the most annoying are when your mission door is stuck somehwere you can't get to without a travel power, or someone with a travel power and recall friend. Pretty Good for now
Once the server populations drop to CoH levels and I can turn up my settings again, it looks beautiful. Just fantastic. The bloom and distance fade effects are top-notch. I love the feel of the area as well. It reminds me of a slummy, non-tourist Cuba... which it should. (Great)
AT's are good, all new really despite what people said. None really play like a CoH AT. The Mastermind is totally new and while I've not tried one yet I hear good things. Perhaps too good. (Good)
The powersets are mostly good. Some really shine while some bloom a little too late in my opinion (ie: Mind). Some are brand new (Plant, Thorn, Energy Aura), and some are tweaked versions of old standby's, (Psi Blast, Fire Domination). There does need to be tweaking done to powers to develop a baseline, but that will come in 1-2 years. Pretty Good
Costumes are fantastic, mostly. There are a few glaring problems, (no stone boots, no 2-tone skull boots), but there's an entire thread dozens of pages long about the costume bugs (started by Xan), and another about costume suggestions. A metric tonne
of new costume options including exposed brains, lots of skulls, cloven hooves, chain and barbed wire wraps... too many to go over really. Very Good
So, let's see:
Missions - Pretty Good 6.5
Graphics - Great 9.0
AT's - Good 7.5
Powersets - Pretty Good 7.0
Costumes - Very Good 8.0
Averages to a 7.6. Good, on it's way to Very Good. If they keep working at it the way they have been it will be Very Good, on it's way to Great by launch.