Tribes: Aerial Assault, to me, is fun; I think the online playability is a ton better than SOCOM.
There's no real online chatting in T:AA, but you've got different ships and jobs to do, whether it be repairing damaged equipment or running in light armor to Capture The Flag.
For newbies, there's lock-on mode, so that helps... and eventually, you get better at it. I didn't think I'd like CTF that much, but as I got better, it's my favorite mode. I'm still getting used to DeathMatch/Team DeathMatch... but sneaking in and taking that flag is great.
If I pick my games, and do word calculations and the maze game, I can get 20. Without it (and it always gives me that )(#@)@#*$)@# word memory game) I'm hovering in the 30s and 40s (I'm actually 29). But yes, I love the game.