I had a chance to play a bit more today so I thought I would update my thoughts a bit. The short: Was I able to find issues? Yes. Did I have fun playing it? Yes. Will I continue to play it? Yes.
The long of it:
I understand that everyone has different expectations, so I am adding a bit so you know where I am coming from. I have had consoles since the Atari 2600 and it ended with my Xbox 360 (my daughter has a Wii). I switched to PC a few years ago to game for a couple of reasons- its more immersive because of the control, better graphical fidelity and closeness to screen, and PC gamers tend to be older, hence more mature. I don't have friends over to play games like I once did either. For many years when I did play on consoles, it was in a home theater with large TVs and full surround systems. I also don't have near as much time to play games anymore. When I do get the chance, I like to jump right in and be able to for a short time (up to an hour), but also be able to play for a several hours if I get a chance. Although I buy many games a year (of different genres), I choose one to play regularly. First person shooters are that one game on the PC and have been pretty much since I started on it. I do understand that playing on a PC means when games first come out, there will be issues. I am fine with that. If I was still on a console, I wouldn't be. There is no excuse for issues when everyone uses the exact same hardware. As for a rig, I run a 3770k at 4.5, 32GB ram and just switched to a x280r Top and the game runs from an 840 Pro. I was playing in Surround, which I really liked, but I just can't afford enough GPU hardware to run it right now, so I am back to a 27" 1080p 60hz. Most likely I will go back to multi monitor this winter yet. I expect my games to run smooth and that varies per game, but in FPS multiplayer, I try and keep it at around 60fps.
Gameplay seems pretty good in multiplayer. Its smooth and familiar with a few new touches that I like. Unfortunately, there are not enough people playing hardcore with several of the level sizes (the few times I have had a chance to play). I prefer it because the kill shots are far more realistic. I shouldn't have to shoot someone 8 times with a large caliber one second and kill another with my pistol in one? Hard Core just matches my style of play best. I did experience stutter from one server, but that didn't surprise me. Spawn points are off too.
Performance is solid with everything at max cept AA and motion blur (I haven't played a game where I actually liked motion blur). My system stays pegged at 91fps most of the time and never dipped blow 60fps. I couldn't visually see any frame issues on my 60hz monitor.
As far a the graphics go, in many areas, I am actually impressed. I like many of the environment textures, but the shadows are funky as is the lighting. Sometimes enemies are way too bright in a dark area and there are occasions when no shadow is cast from the character models. There are also times when the overall graphics look too washed out. I don't know if that was intentional or not, but its not to my taste.
The sound is pretty good overall. I can hear more going on which is cool, but I can't seem to get used to the sound of the guns. Not sure if they are more accurate or less, its just different. I did notice that pinpointing where sounds came from was a bit difficult. Again, its doesn't seem bad, just different. I don't use headphones, but 5.1 surround.
I am still pissed about the launch. If I am not going to get to play my game at midnight, in my timezone, I want to be made more aware of that when I make my purchase. I am blame Steam for that. I do expect patches and updates to drivers to fix the issues most people face.
For now, I am sticking with it. I may try some BF4 a bit more as I enjoyed it much more than BF3. As far as recommending Ghosts? If you like fast FPS games, this is the best game out there for that, so yes. Unfortunately, there are not more solid choices. Seems COD and BF4 have the market cornered.