Textures are restricted to 2048 x 2048, and I quite agree, they are terrible!
The best way to do them IMHO is to construct them all from the ground up and try to make them remotely similar to the old ones.
They're all on the same texture sheet which sucks, but it's understandable considering the age of the game (back when 80gb HDDS were a thing) you can certainly get textures with a lot more clarity if you reconstruct them
One I'm back up and running on Friday, (PC died) I'll take a look at a few for ya.
I'm not a fan of the 3rd person style either, or the copy/paste MMO open world with the illusion of 'freedom' nonsense going on, but that's my silly opinion.
it's not too difficult to make a switchable view for people with preferences. I personally think with first person the lack of all around view and advantage adds to the tension which the division could really benefit from
but for the LOVE OF GOD!! can they get rid of this voice acted multiplayer trailer crap?! *cringe*
I practically cried when I saw ace combat 7 was coming out for it, that, in VR would look AMAZING!! I just hope Ace 7 is more back to its roots and not the disaster masquerading as an Ace combat game that was Assault Horizon.
definitely saving up for one or getting it out of next years college bursary!
Over the last 3 years I've looked back on Project Novo and I've thought similarly to you, 15 year old me made some dumbass moves in that project for sure, there's a lot of things I'd do differently now that I'm older and more skilled and similarly to you I do believe novo breaks immersion in a lot of places.
I've wanted to go back to it, but I've just not had the time or motivation, so for sure you have my 100% support on this, your version retains the feel of GR quite well, feel free to use any novo textures as you see fit, rough em up a bit give them the Ghost Recon treatment they deserve, I think I might still have some PSD's somewhere too if you'd like them.
I may come out from under my RHS rock and make some pretty textures for IT as well.
I'll leave my voice of (slightly pessimistic) reason at the door for now, and I'll wish you all the best!
EDIT: wait, has it been longer than 3 years? the numbers aren't adding up, I was 15 when I started it I think, but i'm turning 20 in three months *shrug* maybe i was 16...