Ok, I was, and still am to an extent an avid TRIBES player. From my point of view, and that of a few others that I play with, I think I have pegged what the real problems with how T2 turned out. In order to do that properly, I will tell you what we (the TRIBES players) wanted and expected of T2.
First off, we didn't ask for an entire re-write of the physics engine, we were pretty well happy with the way it was with a few exceptions. T2's jetpack movement is totaly borked from a TRIBES player's perspective. It is totaly counter intuitive to what it was in TRIBES. We expected a lot of kick ass vehicles, but NOT vehicles that required hours of practice just to learn how to not over-steer and crash into crap because we had to blink, or sneeze. Some of us do applaud the 'ski-caps' that were implemented, but that is another argument, for another time.
We wanted better team oriented options which to an extent we received, and the clan pages that you included were good. However, we did not ask for a totally different voice menu that now causes us to have to re-learn all new keystroke combos, most of which are now four keys as opposed to three... Why couldn't they have just kept the original and added new stuff to it? I for one miss being able to shout DAMNIT! or YOU IDIOT! without even having to think about it. Hell, they even took some non-politicaly correct things (like the aforementioned) out altogether.
We do love the new graphics except that most people have to turn them down pretty low to get a decent framerate. We have mixed feelings about the new 'terrain', though most of us are in favor of it. The worst parts of the game must be the netcode and the damn memory issues. I have 512MB in my home PC... 512!!! Yet, I still have those annoying &$$%! redjacks every so often.
Enemy number one for me (this is just my pet peeve), is the fact that you have to have the $^@* CD in to play LAN... Now I understand all about how they have to curb piracy, but does that mean I should pay double if I want to play with my 12 year old nephew, when he comes over to visit? Screw that!
So now that you have 'what a bunch of T1 players wanted/didn't want and expected how can anyone say that this ended up being a 'great' game? Yes we may be in the statistical egotistical minority, but we don't think so.