I bought and played both Arcanum and Fallout 1, and with each, I had different experiences. I was attracted to Fallout, as I had played Fallout 3, and I wanted to give the original a shot. However, going into the game, I already knew how the game ended and a majority of what happened in the game. In addition, I found the gameplay to be too slow to my liking, and not that much fun overall. As a result, I got as far as restoring the water chip before I stopped playing.
Arcanum, on the other hand, was not as forgiving. I installed the game, then spent what must have been an hour or two trying to create my character, only to die twenty minutes into the actual game because my character could not hit anything. I then uninstalled the game, and instead watched a playthrough of the game online.
Now I'm not saying that Fallout and Arcanum are bad games. In fact, I have a certain fondness for the older Fallout games, as they have a certain charm to them. The problem is that I just don't seem to that good at playing pen-and-paper CRPGs (by pen-and-paper, I mean games that rely less on reflexes, and more on stat-building and such). As a result, I don't buy any.
But I guess there are other reasons too. Lately, when I've tried to play RPGs, I get annoyed with them by how slow they are. I had bought Mass Effect sometime last year, and I had been playing the game when for some reason or another, I abandoned it. Later, I picked it up, and spent two to three hours on some mission involving a giant insect queen or something. Because of my annoyance with the slow pace, and the my disorientation of not remembering what had happened previously, I decided to uninstall it, as it was eating up 10 GB of my hard drive.
I think the reason I've formed such resentment towards RPGs is because I've gotten more into the trend of playing more action based games, like Team Fortress 2 and the GTA games. However, I also think it's because I've been busy with college work , and so I haven't felt like I have time to play RPGs. However, I would really like to try to get back into the habit of playing them, as I feel like I'm missing out on a lot of really great games; not just the old ones, but newer ones like Dragon Age and the Mass Effect series.
So I guess my question is this: Should I try to start playing RPGs again? Or should I just abandon the notion?
Additionally, these were the games that I considered buying:
• Planescape Torment
• Dragon Age: Origins