@jakman: there's a lot of deadpan humor in the original german version. im not familiar with the english version but im suspecting the translators didn't pick up on that.
I did pick up the english version back then (TM) and the voiceovers were pretty good. Concerning the generic fantasy game thing, isn't it just a matter of "low magic scenario" versus "high magic scenario"?
For example, to me a high magic scenario is about as bland and generic as it gets, while I enjoy the subtle nuances of a low magic scenario. Your mileage may vary of course.
In further news, Skyrim versus <game here> seems to be the thing of the hour. I guess its only natural after the praise it received. The comment thread over on RPS about The complete fool in Morrowind
was rather delightful (in a trainwreck kind of meaning) and somewhat mirrors the discussion here.
If you've got the time and can manage stupid (hey you're reading my posts after all
), it's insightful and a harbinger of things to come.