Most FPSs are bad, most devs are clueless.
So I was trying to play Metro 2033 and Crysis 3 a while ago. bottom line: these games are not good.
It is all about shoving things in a package to these clueless devs, if these things are fun or inspired never is a issue to them. It is about hours, but does not matter if these are hours of fun or hours of boredoom, it is just "hours of gameplay'.
The main problem is history. more and more they hire writers that have no idea how to create a video game narrative, and those douchebags think they are BETTER than a real video game writer.
They should learn about games before vomiting their idiotic novelas into the project. Video game narrative should be total subservient to the game itself, to the mechanics, to the spirit of the game.
Like in MGS4, crazy as it is, the history is all about going around the game and pumping it up, which is great.
Or, to say nice things about a western dev, FALLOUT 3, the narrative is all about grabbing you in with grace and gentleness, not stupid fast pace explosions and muscle action, like in crysis 3 and many other FPSs...
However, in the Bro FPS world this is not a topic of consideration at all, it is all about shoving things into multiplayer so screaming teenagers with ADD can get hooked into the game for 1 or 2 months.
So, this is te problem with so called AAA games and the virtue of indie games: purpose and intention. That is why Hideo Kojima is a genious in our eyes, because he knows a game is suppose to be fun, to grab us and keep us in.
It is time to the big FPS devs to wake up.
Or not, who cares? People will keep buying those bad games anyways. =/
By the way,
I also can not play violin, but I can notice when a violin player gets a note wrong.
I also can not cook a duck, but I can sense when a duck is cooked wrong.
I also can not pilot a plane. But I can realize when it crashes.
It was the same deal with platform games were all the rage. Anytime a fad or trend hits, there is going to be a bunch of crappy games trying to cash in on the whole thing.