Armour was heavy and expensive, and could be quite time consuming to look after. Why would people have continuted to use it if it didn’t give advantages that outweighed those disadvantages?
I’ve done enough medieval martial arts with helmets with eyeslots to think that the level of vision wasn’t as bad as people make out. Between moving your head from side to side and the breathing holes punched in the face plate, you can actually get a pretty good idea about where your opponent is and what they’re doing. Good enough to block incoming attacks and attack back.
Seriously, the biggest problem I had with full-face helmets with eyeslots was the breathing constriction - When I could fight multiple bouts fairly constantly for an hour in an open face helmet, ten minutes in a closed face helmet saw me needing to take my helmet off or at least lift my visor for a breather.
One of the things I found so attractive about the kickstarter was the idea that the fatigue levels of the combatants has a large effect on combat, since that very much matches my experience in some ways, and that right there is the advantage of wearing lighter armour.