I know that feeling, and my worry is that THQ's retarded money burning schemes will damage it somehow. Everything else leads me to think it is the game that the franchise so deserves. There is so much right about it. So much.
Man... I can remember playing a lot of that game with 3 other friends back when I was a kid, and it was never anything short of just plain old fun. Our gaming get togethers were generally just south park and goldeneye. From piss covered snowballs to machines that forced enemies into showtime song and dance, that game had it all xD