Fallout via Bethesda = delicous mind candy.
I have to disagree with you there. Did you see the manfaces in Oblivion? How about the dialogue engine where everyone would say the same thing. Oh, and there were those beggars that would always sound like delusional drunks at first, but the moment you ask them something, they switch to the voice EVERYONE else of their race and gender has.
Well, there are mods that improve the things you're griping about. Seriously, though, did those small problems ruin the entire game for you? I won't doubt you - I can see it happening - but, man, that would suck. There's a lot of mighty nice fun to be had in Obvlivion if you can overcome its faults. Or, you know, mod them away