Nothing will beat the original. The NPPL game came close, but lack of customization, annoying voices and phrases, and the fact that snapping was reverse from the side that you actually wanted to snap from. IMO nppl was better then GHTP2. However, I gotta give credit to GHTP2 bc im in that one, and not nppl
I put hundreds of hours into the original, and max'd I played quite alot as well.
The thing I feel thats hard to do with the games is make it realistic, but without complicating it. The 2nd one just seemed to overcomplicate things with its controls. Also the AI... either it was a complete cluster **** and was like shooting fish in a barrel bc you have 8 players spinning around a bunker, or you had the AI that was like terminators that were able to longball you across the field before you even saw them. Im looking forward to the future games, just Id prefer to see it brought back more so to the original, have alot more customization, custom color options for everything, expansive field designer perhaps including a terrain tool and various object categories like far cry has always done. It would be epic to be able to recreate some big scenario's and model your field like theirs in the editor, and if it could ever support 32 or 64 players, thatd make it that much more epic.
Perhaps we will have to wait for the next gen to really see major improvements though.