KilrathiAce, You know I don't buy what you are selling.
First of all, consider your name. You've no doubt played the Wing Commander games. Chris made some damn good games & playing through the missions, you fell into the story, wanting to see what would happen next. In multiplayer there is no story.
Worse, in multiplayer, people are selfish assholes in most instances. They'd just as soon attack you if they thought they could increase their all important score.
I agree with your unwritten sentiment of replayability, however the chaos of multiplayer in battle games is not fun in the same way that single player games are fun. In single player, you can immerse yourself farther into the illusion that you are the hero, that all this matters, that you are fighting for something, and that your allies lives mean something. In multiplayer, you're usually surrounded by kids who wouldn't even be old enough to wear a military uniform. They lack the maturity to make good team-based decisions. They lack the experience of life to be good leaders. To them, it is a game and nothing more. But in single-player, you are able to better pretend that it does matter. The Kilrathi hordes are evil & they are bent on the destruction of your ship & the battlecruiser you protect.
In a good single-player game, the odds are matched to your enjoyment. The game was play tested for your enjoyment. In multiplayer, the kids don't care if they are on a team that provides only a 1% odds chance that they will lose the game, for them all the better.
Don't get me wrong, multiplayer has its place and can be fun and even addicting. But singleplayer has its place too and running through a game the very first time when you don't know the maps like the back of your hand, when shit is blowing up all around you, and your allies are issuing meaningful commands to urge the platoon onwards, that is true grit excitement at its best.
Lastly, I don't see this game as better than Medal of Honor. So far I am unimpressed. Medal of Honor had a hell of a lot more replayability. I played it through a couple of times, enjoying it almost as much the 2nd time around. In the Call of Duty demos, I feel that each entrenchment of the enemy is too contrived to be fun for me. I'm a very, very demanding player. But that's me. I'll probably buy this game off ebay from someone else that feels as I do and play the single player & sell it again.
I wish ID would hurry the hell up.