The mechanics of the games, combats, inventory etc... are very much dependant on programmers - a hard job it is to keep them bug-free. It is also the choice, also the risk that the developer took. Every game is different -ever customers' tastes and expectations are different.
However, for RPGs, I think most people would "raise the bar" when judging its story
Look at the main character: Geralt His moral standard is not really coherent
In Witcher 1, he can choose to allow a group bandit to rape a peasant girl while he *will* do some good deed in the main quest.
In WC2: he risks his life to save the elve women - and that is the main quest. Gamer has no choice in this dilema. Yet, in so many other cases, the game allows gamers to let Geralt does some very bad things, one of which I really hate is his attitude if he choose to rescue Phillipa. His attitude is not in line with his normal compassion and chivary. Other actions include to give fisstect to the ex-salamary for example.
Phillipia : when she talk to our Triss, she doesn't know Saskia's true identity. She seems to be at heart believing in the revolution Saskia is leading. She seems to be a very good person. Nevertheless, her actions to manipulate Saskia seems to be very surprising to me.
It would even be less surprised if Triss does that. Because from the book and the games, Triss is a bit more manipulative.
Iorveth : I can't hardly understand the guy agenda in the first 2 playthrough. I understand that the developers want to let gamers interpret his personality . Nevertheless, I feel that it is implemented in not so much a right way.
Zoltan outright says Iorveth and his band are bandits.
The dwarfs in Vergen call him "the butcher".
Cedric hardly agree with their cause. He call it "the lost cause".
Yet, the Scoiateal, in WC1, from the quest in Vizima, didn't steal the merchant goods when Geralt first met them. (quest : Stranger in the Night).
Iorveth , responding the Geralt's questions, says he doesn't want to be king. He was behind Saskia. He wants a kingdom where Dwarf are free to visit a human inn, and human won't worry to go out in the forest. From that response, he doesn't have much stereotypes with every human.
If he is that good, how could his band done something so dishonorable that even some nonhuman won't agree with him?