I just browsed through the first ten pages or so of the Freedom Force forums, and I have to admit: I don't see anyone complaining about crippling problems. I see a lot of people anxious for the patch, mostly (it seems) because of the new content (single player skirmish mode, et al) that's supposed to be included. Most of the posts are pretty good natured, though, and many of them are even in character. Doesn't exactly seem to be a "village mob with torches" situation. Given the volatile nature of message boards, the posts when people get pissed are usually a lot less civil than what they have over at myfreedomforce.com.
What crippling game problems, exactly, have you seen? I encountered no problems playing the game, and I don't know anyone else, personally, that did. Not exactly a scientific sampling, I know, but there you have it.