The community I come from focused on PvP and had minimal fighting on the coast. There were constantly squads roaming the map up north and looking for fights in places you won't see anyone for hours in BP. I have fond memories of having fights in spots like Black Forest, guglovo, mogilevka, pop ivan, novy lug, altar, zelen, pas susnovy, ptushka, grishino, and lots of other forests named by the community that fought there. It wasn't uncommon to crest a hill and see more than 10 bodies within a hundred meters of each other, much like you would find in balota ATC on BP. Gunshots were heard from much further. Guns were hard to find. Deer stands, barns, and castles all had significantly more value, which led to many more common travel routes and the extreme likelihood to run into other players in many places on the map. Sadly the mod only hosts servers in Sweden, and I moved to Japan, so I can no longer meet the ping limitations of the server or I would likely still be playing that mod (no offense to BP, this is the second best mod I have found).
Plenty of people have given many reasons why they dislike Cherno. I for one have explained it in detail and always get the same response of "its most pop its best" so i wasn't even going to bother. But if you insist here we go
- The combat is stale and repetitive. It always takes place in the same handfull of areas and considering that a lot of us have played it across 3 different games that is as boring as watching paint dry.
- It looks terrible. The arma 2 assets (foliage, terrain, infastructure and buildings) are all of a much lower resolution than the arma 3 ones.
- Non-enterable buildings. It most definitely has nothing to do with 3pp but rather enterable buildings add another dimension to gameplay and another hazard to worry about. BP is meant to hard and unforgiving and cherno is definitely easy mode in that regard
- The lighting is aweful. Once it gets dark any light source looks like a solar flare and you often get bugged black areas at the centre of fire etc.
- The spawn camping is out of control. For those of us who have actually experienced how good the end game can be in BP spawn shit fights just are not fun.
- Bulletproof bushes. They are everywhere on cherno and often ruin combat.
- Terrain friction values. There doesn't seem to be any and as a result any car can travel at max speed on any terrain making the roads near pointless. You can travel at the same speed on the sand, grass etc as you can on the roads meaning there are no choke points for vehicles.
- Damage to the community. Before cherno was released the player base was strong and was spread pretty evenly across all the maps that were on offer. This meant that it was easy to get some variety if you wanted. When Cherno was released a lot of large groups that were sick of cherno having played it to death already left and the pop is only now starting to get back to what it was.
Just remember that just because something is popular doesn't mean that it's good.
While I do agree with you on spawn camping, lighting, bullet proof bushes, and terrain friction values, I don't understand why those issues could not be addressed besides the fact that all the "vets" bash chernarus on the forums regularly and supremely worship other maps. I personally have only tried altis and esseker of the other maps, and both of them seemed to have very poor layouts and further promoted 3rd person camping which I mentioned previously. I personally prefer not being able to enter many buildings if 3rd person is enabled because to me that promotes stale and stagnant PvP encounters.
So although your experience may be limited to fighting in the same few hot spots, many people have a much different experience with the map, and I would argue that the community and development/balance of the map is way more to blame than the map itself. I can assure you that the prime of BP that you remember on altis or whatever map could easily be rivaled if not outright surpassed by the experiences I have had on chernarus, especially considering many of the "highlights" and things people consider "intense" on these forums.