Yes the patch has helped this game alot.
I like the thing they did with the crosshair changing to show a hit be recorded.
1 major note, if ya have any mods installed, prior to upgrading to 1.2 u gotta either unistall the game and reinstall it, or delete the mods and return ur game to 1.1 or 1.0.
The patch incorporates a new file system for using mods, so it will not allow the game to start if ya have mods installed, belive me, I had the merciless mod (for blood and relistic flags) and it would send me right back to desktop when it tried to load a map.
Also it resets ur VideoDefault.con file, so if you are using XP and forcing higher refreshrates with a tweaker, ya need to go into the VideoDefault.con file and reset the
renderer.allowAllRefreshRates 1 to this (change the 0 to a 1)