I pretty much agree that BAR should be released only when everything is working, all models remade, every new model shiny and coherent. This would be a much more coherent and homogenous game.
Imo, releasing them before and updating regularly would broke the "teasing" thing. People can play BA now and keep dreaming with the new models... but if they start playing a incomplete BAR right now when the official release will come the NEW factor will just means nothing. (this is just my opinion)
I'm sure that would continue if a working mod was presented instead of static screenshots.
For the testing thing a working mod is already available:http://springfiles.com/spring/games/bal ... 763-remake
I dont think it is a good idea to start playing it now as a game... it is incomplete, non-homogenous and one more time I think it would break the whole "Release" enthousiasme.
For playing an actual game, old BA is simply better.
For now, more important than start testing the models and start commenting about it would be help.
People could help devs to finish the models, texturing, scripts, sounds, etc... People could also promote BA and start promoting BAR.
I think that BAR is a huge chance of bringing new players, bring new devs, and change the whole community
but we need to expose it somehow...