Yah, you're right. Have you read Raven's board for Quake 4? They are making it, and are looking for ideas like yours:http://forums.ravensoft.com/ib/ikonboard.pl
Click on Quake 4 forum.
That's what I would like to see. Games with extra features - even large terrain as you mention (or at least some maps with large terrain and vehicles - or modes that have it) yet with the perfect physics and weapons of Quake 3. I can always dream.
"So what does Quake 3 give you? It's quite simple: the utter refinement of deathmatch, and the ultimate multiplayer shooter experience - nothing more, nothing less. " -- Dennis "Thresh" Fong