I gotta be honest, I can't see in this day and age how anyone could be excited about multiplayer FPS's if they've been playing them for any length of time online. I have been playing online FPS's since the days of SKYNET and Duke Nukem 3D......the only game I ever REALLY got into online was Day of Defeat, the WW2 mod for Half Life...back before it was a commercial product, mind you. Since then its been largely downhill for me, with a few exceptions. In Fact...i cant BELIEVE that they haven't made updated versions of Shadow Warrior or Duke 3D for online play..the jetpack alone is woefully missing from games
Today, Multiplayer FPS's feel within about 30 seconds like every other FPS I've ever played for the past 15 years or so online. Snipers camp, assault guys rush in, and its all about the RESPAWN..KILL..DIE...RESPAWN. Ugh. **** happens so fast that Modern combat feels like UT3....just with different weapons. FAST, FAST, FAST...thats the name of the online game.
The graphics are better but its still the same old formulas to me. You learn the maps and blam, exploit them along with the weapons. It gets old so fast for me now, which is disappointing.
In your mind you envision these great movie battles (like you get in the single player campaigns)....but the reality of multiplayer battles are that they are always free-for-alls where luck, your ping time, and how caffeinated your trigger finger is all seem to play equal roles.
The last game I enjoyed multiplayer was, oddly enough, Battlefied 2...because it actually did "feel" a little different than your standard run and gun shooter...but mostly just because of its scale, AND it had vehicles...which were actually mostly useless unless you could master them....survivability in a vehicle was never assured with enemy assets constantly re-spawning. It didn't take very long for the people to learn how to exploit the jets, the helicopters, and so on and so on...
But its an example of just how silly these games can become: You'd get into a jeep, a jeep BRIMMING with automatic weapons...but they were so innaccurate you'd be lucky to be able to hit anyone with them unless you stood absolutely still, and if you did that, you'd be dead in 2 seconds. If you drove around in the jeep you were like 10 times likely to die as you were on foot, because vehicles were just 1 or 2 rockets away from destruction and sure enough everyone always seemed to have plenty of rockets. That part was kind of a drag..........multiplayer games always wound up being tit-for-tat.
Oh someone has a tank, spawn as a rocket guy to take out the tank, then spawn after as assault to run to the next capture point untilt he next tank spawns....repeat ad nauseum.
In fact my greatest, and I mean greatest fun in BF2 was flying Transport Helicopters and trying to do it well enough to let my side-door gunners...so basically I was a bus driver. That was my fun