@JoyfullOFrockets: Actualy with @TorgoGrooves89 's mention of Crysis 2, it makes me realize that Crytek has been looking to do what I've been talking about for half a decade. Here's hoping Crysis 2 does something more for people than the original did.
@JoyfullOFrockets: Of course, the game had tonnes of issues with it, but it took some strides in others. Being attacked all the time by nameless, chipmunk speaking African mercenaries: not fun. Being able to distract a group of enemies with a forest fire, than flanking them in a boat and not taking a single bullet: FUN!
I think taking open ended/world elements, similar to that of the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series or what Rockstar did with Red Dead Redemption, and filtering them to keep the genre "general public" oriented is the way to go. Far Cry 2 is likely the closest to his idea so far and if more is built on it, we could get some very cool games that don't go over the heads of some people while getting a more visceral experience.